GEORGETOWN, Guyana – President Dr. Irfaan Ali says that he will push for greater global support for Haiti when Guyana serves its two-year term on the United Nations (UN) Security Council starting January 1, 2024 .
Speaking at an Atlantic Council engagement in Washington DC on Thursday, Ali said Guyana’s term on the Security Council will be marked by a focus on ensuring there is peace and stability in all countries.
“We are seeing tremendous effort globally on getting consensus on Ukraine and we are glad because that we are part of that.
“Frankly speaking Haiti has not been getting the global attention that it deserves in its time of crisis,” the President said
He added that a united effort, at the UN level specifically is needed to help address the situation in Haiti is lacking.
“The effort to get to a UN resolution is as critical as the issue in Ukraine.”
Gang violence has surged in Haiti and many believe that is linked to the instability arising out of the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
The violence has caused disruptions to health and educational services and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which both Haiti and Guyana are part of, has been lobbying for greater support for the country.
Given the concerns Guyana has about Haiti, Ali said Guyana will use its time on the council to garner support for Haiti and other countries where support is necessary.
“We intend as a small country to ensure that the challenges of all of the world are represented.”