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Jamaica appoints new UN permanent representative

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:08 AM
UN permanent representative-designate Brian Wallace.
UN permanent representative-designate Brian Wallace.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, has announced the appointment of Brian Wallace as Jamaica’s new permanent representative to the United Nations.

Wallace succeeds Ambassador E. Courtenay Rattray, who demitted office in May 2021 to take up an assignment at the United Nations.

A lawyer by profession, Wallace has considerable experience in international, administrative and employment law, as well as in national and international legal and administrative systems. He began his legal career in the International Law Division at the Attorney General’s Department and is currently a director of the private company, S. Manley Wallace and Sons Ltd.

His previous roles at the international level include tenures at the United Nations Secretariat in the Office of Administration of Justice and the Department of Management. He also served as a member of the prosecution team on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

In keeping with his commitment to Jamaica and the people of Jamaica, Wallace has also served as a senator, where he contributed to debates on various bills and issues brought before the Upper House, including the Charter of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

According to Johnson Smith, “Mr Wallace’s passion for international affairs, together with his knowledge and experience both at the national and international levels, will certainly place him in good stead to carry out his duties effectively at the United Nations. I am confident that he will not only apply himself effectively to the advancement of Jamaica’s interests, but also the promotion of the UN multilateral agenda at this critical juncture as the organisation seeks to address new and emerging challenges that transcend national borders.”

The UN permanent representative-designate will assume duties in September.