Signal Hill Alumni Choir will join with six other legendary choirs from South Africa, Luxemburg, Canada, Australia, Norway and the USA in presenting the “Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival” to be held in New York City during the week of June 25th to 30th 2012. It will showcase Trinidad and Tobago’s culture to a global audience.
A project of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation the choirs will on June 30th host an iconic performance at the UN,“We the People”, to celebrate the signing of the UN Charter. The concert focuses “on the role of the universal language of music in promoting intercultural understanding, brotherhood, and peace”.
Throughout the week, private and public events like music workshops and mini-concerts will commemorate and actively showcase the premiere of New York’s biggest international choral festival, “The Rhythms of One World”. June 28th the seven choirs will present a concert at Lincoln Center. The next day the Signal Hill Alumni Choir will be featured at NYU Tishman Auditorium, while on 30th June the Tobago choir will join the six others at the UN General Assembly Hall.
The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation produces twice a year the “Youth Assembly” which brings over 600 youth to learn about UN programs and global peace initiatives.
The presence of Signal Hill at the UN would be another chapter in showcasing Trinidad and Tobago’s contribution to cultural diplomacy as a tool in building bridges between civilizations at the world’s premier multilateral institution.
Just last month the Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki moon was featured playing a steel pan to launch a pan festival in Trinidad and Tobago. He was joined by a New York based tassa group.
In August, through the efforts of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications, Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan more than 50 pieces of artwork done by secondary school art students will be displayed at the United Nations. The submissions were based on the theme of UN "International Year For People of African Descent" which was celebrated in 2011. It will also be part of the celebrations marking Trinidad and Tobago’s golden anniversary of independence, as well as fifty years of membership of the UN.
At a meeting today of Member States of the General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago was formally elected to serve as a Vice President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly for the period September 2012 to August 2013. Vice Presidents assist the President of the GA by chairing plenary meetings of various UN related bodies and are normally represented by the Permanent Representative of elected countries.
Trinidad and Tobago was one of the three countries elected from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States who were nominated by that regional group.
Candidates from each of the five regional groups in the UN are elected annually to ensure as wide as possible geographic representation of Vice Presidents in the work of the GA.
Also elected today was President of the 67th General Assembly H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic who has held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia since May 15th 2007. He is expected to resign this post to take up the Presidency of the GA.
This is the first occasion in recent times that Trinidad and Tobago has been elected to serve as a Vice President of a UNGA.
It also comes on the heels of the election earlier this week of Commissioner Francis Charles as a member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Other nationals elected to UN related bodies over the past year are: Justice Anthony Lucky to the International Tribunal to the Law of the Sea; Justice Anthony Carmona to the International Criminal Court; and Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh as co-chair for the years 2013 and 2014 of the Ad Hoc Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Signing the Joint Communiqué on behalf of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was H.E. Rodney Charles, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on behalf of Croatia, H.E. Mr. Ranko Vilović Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
NEW YORK- In ongoing efforts to expand and re-invigorate our diplomatic relations, as well as to broaden our economic interests, Trinidad and Tobago, through its Permanent Mission in New York, established formal diplomatic relations with the Republic of Croatia, in a ceremony which took place last Wednesday 14th December. Croatia is an Eastern European State soon to become the newest member of the European Union.
With the establishment of diplomatic relations between Trinidad and Tobago and Croatia, Ambassadors affirmed the commitment of their Governments to promote ties of friendship and cooperation rooted in the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter. In bilateral discussions during the ceremony both Ambassadors were enthusiastic about the speedy appointment of Honorary Consuls to pursue opportunities for economic and cultural exchanges.