Guyana’s Role on the United Nations Security Council

Americas Now

In January 2024, Guyana embarked on a significant diplomatic journey as it assumed its seat as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term. This milestone marked a pivotal moment for the South American nation, offering a platform to contribute to global peace and security efforts worldwide.

To gain deeper insights into Guyana’s role on the Security Council and its agenda at the United Nations, Elaine Reyes sat down with Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, the Guyana ambassador to the UN. Their conversation shed light on the country’s priorities, challenges, and aspirations as it navigates its responsibilities within this influential international body.

Ambassador Rodrigues-Birkett articulated Guyana’s commitment to promoting dialogue, cooperation, and conflict resolution within the Security Council. She emphasized the importance of multilateralism in addressing complex global challenges, underscoring Guyana’s dedication to upholding the principles of the UN Charter.

One of Guyana’s critical focus areas on the Security Council is promoting sustainable development and protecting small island developing states (SIDS). As a SIDS itself, Guyana is acutely aware of the vulnerabilities such nations face, particularly in climate change and environmental threats.

Ambassador Rodrigues-Birkett highlighted Guyana’s dedication to advocating for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, including those within its region. By leveraging its position on the Security Council, Guyana aims to amplify the voices of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, contributing to efforts to foster stability and security in the broader region.