Sir Shridath Ramphal’s papers, covering 72 years of public life, published on the internet

Sir Shridath Ramphal (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Former Caribbean and Commonwealth statesman Sir Shridath Ramphal has published articles on the internet, spanning 72 years of public life in the Caribbean, the Commonwealth and internationally.

During his illustrious career, Sir Shridath ‘Sonny’ Ramphal served as Deputy Attorney General of the Federation of the West Indies, Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Secretary General of the Commonwealth and, at the same time, Chancellor of the University of Guyana, the University of the West Indies and University of Warwick.

He is the only person to have served on all the world commissions which produced pioneering reports on the environment, development and disarmament, between 1980 and 1995. He was also chairman of the West India Commission, whose report of 1992, “Time for Action”, is still considered today as the founding model of Caribbean development.

Sir Shridath has been called upon to serve in many other capacities, including President of the World Conservation Union, Special Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Chief Negotiator for the Caribbean on foreign economic relations, and as a mediator and facilitator in election and constitution crises.

As longest-serving Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1975 to 1990, Sir Shridath played a leading role in ending institutional racism in southern Africa, particularly in ending apartheid in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela said of him: “He is one of those men who became famous because, in their fight for human justice, they chose the whole world as their stage.

The website, giving free access to Sir Shridath’s speeches and other submissions from 1950 to 2022, is publicly available at www.sirshridathramphal.com.

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