01 March 2008

United Nations Study Completed on Assistance to Overseas Territories

The Caribbean Subregional Headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has completed a comprehensive study on the role of the wider United Nations system in assisting the development process of non-independent countries. Most of these countries are associate members of ECLAC and of its counterpart U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), two of the five U.N. regional commissions worldwide.

The 71 page study complete with extensive citations was carried out by Dr. Carlyle G. Corbin, former Minister of State for External Affairs of the U.S. Virgin Islands who is a past chairman of the ECLAC Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), and was the founding chairman of its Working Group of Associate Member Countries. He is presently an international advisor on democratic governance.

An abstract of the study, and the complete document can be downloaded from the publications webpage of the ECLAC Port of Spain website. Check the 2007 publications. www.eclac.cl/portofspain

An earlier 2004 ECLAC study conducted by the same author on the participation of non-independent countries in the United Nations world conferences and summits of the United Nations General Assembly is also available at the same website under the 2004 publications.