Communications Unit, Office of the Prime Minister

The Caribbean Community is committed to ensuring that a permanent memorial, in honour of those who perished under slavery, is prominently placed in the halls of the United Nations, as an acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery.

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Community at a Special Assembly of the United Nations in New York to mark the 200th anniversary of the end of Britain’s trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Prime Minister Douglas said the regional integration movement has established a CARICOM Fund towards this project and are deeply grateful to the Government of the state of Qatar, the first to contribute towards it.

“We are also grateful to our other friends in the United Nations that have indicated their intention to support us in this regard, and I take this opportunity to invite other Members of the United Nations family to join us.

“It is CARICOM’s belief that a permanent memorial in the United Nations will help to ensure that future generations will always be reminded of the history of slavery and lessons learned,” said Dr. Douglas.