The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015
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It is recognised by all objective observers locally, regionally, and internationally, that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a bold, principled, creative, and well-grounded foreign policy with the interest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at its core. Never in our country’s history has there been as pro-active and beneficial a foreign policy as that practised by the ULP government. We are friends of all and satellites of none. The central purpose of our foreign policy has been to enhance our nation’s capacity to address more efficaciously, more compellingly, its external environment in the interest of our nation. Indeed, it is our foreign policy, for example, which has been the fulcrum around which our achievement, in constructing the Argyle International Airport has revolved; in the execution of our extensive public sector investment programme; and our programme for non-Caribbean tertiary education for our students.
In our fourth term, the ULP government will build upon its excellent foreign policy foundation and further, will:
✔ Strengthen relations with our traditional allies and our array of more recent close friends and partners without in any way occasioning any unprincipled discordance. The European Union, the USA, UK, Canada, Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, India, Africa (especially South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana & Nigeria) and several Middle Eastern countries have been our very strong partners;
✔ Make regional integration in the OECS, CARICOM, the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), and the Community of States of Latin American and the Caribbean (CELAC) the bedrock of our foreign policy;
✔ Continue to work within ALBA and the Petro Caribe Agreement to advance the region’s and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ interest through solidarity of members’ economies, non-reciprocity on trade matters, and the defence of our sovereignty and independence.
✔ Make “Climate Change” the major issue of existential importance for the small-island developing states, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines;
✔ Continue to provide regional leadership, along with other countries in CARICOM, on the issue of reparations for native genocide and African slavery;
✔ Accelerate our preparatory work for St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ quest to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2019 – 2021 period. If successful, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would be the smallest country ever to sit on the UN Security Council;
✔ Work assiduously with the United Nations and its agencies in the implementation globally of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, particularly the UN-approved Sustainable Development Goals, to take our nation developmentally beyond the milestones of the Millennium Development Goals.
✔ Continue to put national/citizen security concerns and the fight against international terrorism at the heart of our foreign policy. St. Vincent and the Grenadines links its citizen security agenda through collaboration work in the Regional Security System, CARICOM, the United Nations, the Organisation of American States, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and through bilateral arrangements with Britain, the USA, Canada, France, and Holland.
✔ Continue to build our nation’s multi-lateral partnerships based on the principles laid down in the Charter of the United Nations (UN) and to do so especially through: The UN; the Organisation of American States; CELAC; the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Group; the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) in the UN; the Group of 77; the Non-Aligned Movement; the African Union; the Commonwealth; and Small Island Developing States (SIDS);
✔ Participate actively in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) through CARICOM and its regional trade negotiators;
✔ Establish diplomatic relations with yet more countries throughout the world to better protect our nation’s interests particularly in migration (visa waivers), investment, trade, development assistance, cultural and sporting links, and political cooperation on UN-based principles;
✔ Extend further diplomatic and consular coverage through the appointment of more Honorary Consuls of the highest quality, and through coordination of diplomatic representation with member-states of the OECS and CARICOM;
✔ Advocate within the OECS for a restoration of a full joint diplomatic presence in Canada;