Antigua and Barbuda is set to benefit from major United Nations Funding as diplomats from the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN now hold seats on the executive boards of three specialized funds and programmes for the body.
With that, the country is set to benefit from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN).
In addition to being executive board members for the term 2016-2017, Antigua and Barbuda will assume two very prominent posts; Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Walton Webson has been elected Vice President of UNICEF and Mr. Tumasie Blair, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission has been elected Vice-President of UNDP.
The Government’s Chief of Staff Indicated that Antigua and Barbuda and the region on a whole will benefit from the presence of the diplomat’s in these key positions.
Hurst indicated that serving in leadership roles on three important UN agencies is a major accomplishment for Antigua and Barbuda and it demonstrates the trust and confidence placed in the twin island nation by fellow UN member states.
The Chief of Staff congratulated the pair for being elected to the crucial positions which will enable them to acquire funding to facilitate local development.
Ambassador Webson after completing the Vice Presidency of UNICEF in 2016 will lead the agency as President in 2017.