Kamla to address UN General Assembly today
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will address the United Nations General Assembly today at 7:30 p.m.
Persad-Bissessar arrived in New York yesterday morning to attend the 68th United Nations General Assembly. She is due to return home tomorrow.
According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, as current Chair of Caricom, the Prime Minister will deliver the Caricom statement to the General Assembly, and in addition speak as the lead Member State in Caricom responsible for the security portfolio in the Quasi Cabinet.
The release stated that the Prime Minister will deposit Instruments of ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty.
This means that Trinidad and Tobago will formally express its consent to be bound by the provisions of the ATT.
It also means that Trinidad and Tobago will apply Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty provisionally pending its entry into force.
After the deposit of 50 Instruments of Ratification the Treaty will enter into force. Trinidad and Tobago will be examining its national legislation to ensure compatibility with the treaty.
The release stated that this country is committed to assist the region by hosting regional workshops to address issues relating to the full implementation of the treaty.
Persad-Bissessar will also address an event titled “The ATT: Towards Entry into Force” hosted by the co-authors of the original ATT resolution.
The release added that Persad-Bissessar will participate in the Clinton Global Initiative 2013- which is convened annually to bring global leaders in business and governments together to ‘create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges’.
Whilst in New York, Persad-Bissessar will interact with the diaspora community as she is carded to deliver an address at a commemorative event to be hosted by the Consul General in New York.