US permanent representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power (L), meets with Suriname’s permanent representative, Henry MacDonald
By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor
NEW YORK, USA -- Samantha Power, United States permanent representative to the United Nations, on Monday visited the mission of Suriname to the UN, and exchanged views on international affairs with Suriname’s permanent representative, Henry MacDonald.
Power and MacDonald discussed a wide range of global conflicts such as the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Syria. The Surinamese ambassador shared with his US colleague, Paramaribo’s role as chairman of UNASUR in helping to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela and the broader role that UNASUR can play in regional and international issues.
MacDonald also discussed with Power his government’s efforts to meet the Millennium Goals (MDGs) and legislative actions that Suriname is taking to combat terrorism and money laundering.
Both ambassadors agreed on the importance of working on the Post 2015 Development Agenda after the expiration of the MDGs next year, and especially in the area of human rights.
Suriname has raised its global profile at the UN since MacDonald took up his post. He was the chair of the Humanitarian Committee (Third Committee) two years ago and also served as a vice president of the General Assembly some four years ago, when Suriname became better known at the UN. In the near, future Suriname aspires to take up a seat as a rotating member of the UN Security Council for the first time in its history.
Suriname’s bold effort at the UN to fight for gender equity, and violence against women and girls caught the attention of the US ambassador who pledged America’s support to the work with MacDonald. They both agreed that more men should be involved in this cause.
Power said that this issue is of high priority for US President Barrack Obama, and that the United States applauds the efforts of Suriname and Iceland to stop violence against women and girls globally. The US ambassador further stated that the United States would support the Suriname-Iceland Initiative during the commemoration of the Beijing Declaration.
According to the US ambassador, her government supports at the highest-level Suriname’s proposal to organize a “Barbershop Type Conference” to Stop Violence against Women and Girls at the UN.