President Of The United Nations General Assembly Appoints Grenada’s UN Ambassador As UN Ocean Conference Co Facilitator

PR – On 8 December 2020, the President of the 75th session of the United Nations General  Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Volkan Bozkir, appointed Her Excellency Ms. Keisha A.  McGuire, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Grenada to the United Nations, together with His Excellency Mr. Martin Bille Hermann, Ambassador and Permanent  Representative of Denmark to the United Nations, as the co-facilitators to oversee the  preparatory process and intergovernmental consultations on the Political Declaration for the  United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal  14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable  development (Ocean Conference). 

In 2019, the United Nations decided to convene the second United Nations Conference to  Support the Implementation of SDG14 in Lisbon, Portugal, from 2 to 6 June 2020. In light of  the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Ocean Conference was postponed to a later date to be  decided, which is now expected to occur in 2021. The UN Ocean Conference is co-hosted by  the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, with the overarching theme of the Conference  “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14:  stocktaking, partnerships and solutions”. 

To note, in 2017, the first Ocean Conference was convened from 5-9 June 2017, in New York,  during which, the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, served as Co-Chair to Partnership Dialogue 5: Increasing economic benefits to small islands  developing States and least developed countries and providing access for small-scale  artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets. During the Partnership Dialogue, Prime  Minister Mitchell noted that small island developing States (SIDS) were committed to  promoting sustainable livelihoods for their people and protecting the marine environment.  

Ambassador McGuire’s appointment complements Grenada’s commitment to a sustainable  future, and a leader of the green economy, blue economy and circular economy.