24 October 2009

United Nations Day Panel in Virgin Islands

Press Release

United Nations Day Panel Discussion

The Virgin Islands and the United Nations – What’s the Connection? is the subject of a panel discussion and interactive dialogue to be held in commemoration of United Nations Day. The activity is scheduled for Monday October 26, 2009 from 6:30 PM -8:30 PM at the Fort Frederik Museum in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

United Nations Day is commemorated each year in recognition of the work of the world body, including economic, social and political development of countries and territories. The panel is being organized by the United Nations Association of the Virgin Islands (UNAVI), one of over 100 United Nations associations internationally.

The panelists will provide insights on their experiences of participating in United Nations activities related to the territory. They include Luz James II, President of the US Virgin Islands Fifth Constitutional Convention; Gerard Emanuel, former Director of the Virgin Islands Status Commission; Attorney Genevieve Whitaker of the Whitaker Consultant Group and Edward Browne, community activist. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Carlyle Corbin, former territorial Representative to the United Nations.

The United Nations Association for the Virgin Islands (UNAVI) was established in 1992 with the primary purpose of heightening the awareness of the people of the Virgin Islands of the programs and activities of the United Nations, and of the importance of its work to the development process.

UNAVI has hosted similar forums in previous years in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands and non-governmental organizations, and has participated in various United Nations world conferences.