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“Small, Middle, and Emerging Powers in the UN System” 2009 ACUNS Annual Meeting

For Release Upon Receipt - May 27, 2009

St. Augustine

The Academic Council on the United Nations Systems (ACUNS) will hold an annual meeting at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and the Institute of International Relations (IIR) of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus from Thursday 4th June to Saturday 6th June, 2009. The ACUNS conference will cover a variety of issues including the international financial crisis and the global governance of security, as well as a range of issues surrounding small states at the United Nations.

Themed “Small, Middle and Emerging Powers in the UN”, the ACUNS conference will include a plenary session titled “The International Criminal Court and Small States: The Case of Trinidad and Tobago”, which will feature Former President Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson as a panellist. This Plenary takes place on Saturday, June 6th, 2009 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Other panelists at Conference include Professor Patrick Watson, Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES), and Winston Dookeran, former Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Len Ishmael, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, is also carded to participate as keynote speaker in the Opening Ceremony, which takes place at the UWI LRC on June 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

This conference is organised in collaboration with the UN in Port of Spain, the UN Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

For more information about this conference, please visit or call Dr Timothy Shaw, Director, UWI Institute for International Relations at (868) 662 2002 Ext. 2010 or 2011, or email .

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