The Premier and Mr Guterres met in the margins of the 43rd Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Paramaribo, Suriname from July 3-5, 2022.
According to a Government Information Services (GIS) press release on July 7, 2022, Premier Wheatley said" “It was an honour to meet UN Secretary-General Guterres and to thank him for the UN’s support to the Virgin Islands as we battled COVID-19 and have continued to pursue sustainable development. I was also very pleased that he is aware of our ongoing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.”
In addition, Premier Wheatley held a courtesy telephone call with UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mr Didier Trebucq, in which they discussed continued cooperation between the Virgin Islands and UN on a joint programme for social protection and youth economic empowerment. They also pledged to explore other areas of technical assistance where the UN can assist the Virgin Islands in achieving the SDGs.
The Premier was joined in Suriname by Special Envoy of the Premier, Mr E. Benito Wheatley, and Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, Ms Dwynel Davis.