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Mr. Rodney Charles

Wrong Rodney Charles?

Permanent Representative To the U...

Local Address:  New York , New York , United States
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago

Employment History

  • Ambassador
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Permanent Representative
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Permanent Representative To the Ambassador
  • Full Member
  • Ambassador
    United Nations
  • Ambassador
    UN Foundation
  • Part of the CARICOM Region Instrumental
    UN Foundation
  • Ambassador


  • bachelor's degree , journalism and geography
    Carleton University
  • master's degree , journalism
    Carleton University
  • master's degree Degree , journalism
    Carleton University
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AMBASSADOR Rodney Charles ..., 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
AMBASSADOR Rodney Charles will be leaving his post as Trinidad and Tobago's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in order to take up the post of the UNC campaign manager for next year's general election.
Central bank governor: Caricom trade policy 'nonsense' GOVERNOR of the Cen­­­tral Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell has made it clear he isnot a fan of the whole­sale free move­ment of people in Caricom.
Rodney Charles, Ambassador ..., 9 Nov 2012 [cached]
Rodney Charles, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations
NARRATOR: Trinidad and Tobago remains dedicated to the promotion and protection of the rights of children. Ambassador Rodney Charles told the UN General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee that his country's ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, demonstrated Trinidad and Tobago's commitment to the provisions of the instrument. TAPE: In [...]
Permanent representative to the ..., 28 Sept 2013 [cached]
Permanent representative to the UN ambassador Rodney Charles made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.
Charles said the declaration, among other things, called for greater attention to the primary purpose of the ICC which is to bring to "justice and provide reparations to victims of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community" and encourages all states to make voluntary contributions to the trust fund for victims."
14 CommentsTags:Politics, Raffique Shah, ... [cached]
14 CommentsTags:Politics, Raffique Shah, Rodney Charles, T&T Govt, UN, USA.
TRINIDAD and Tobago's Ambassador to the United Nations, Rodney Charles, took two rather curious positions over the past week. On October 31, the UNESCO's General Conference voted on a motion to admit Palestine to that organisation. Mr Charles abstained. Then last Thursday, Mr Charles was one of only three ambassadors who accepted invitations to have lunch with Marine Le Pen, French presidential candidate and leader of the extreme right-wing party, the National Front.
I imagine after that opening paragraph, many readers yawned, and after reading what my fellow-columnists wrote, dismissed this intervention as being inconsequential. We have always relegated foreign affairs to the lowest rung of the issues-ladder. We have so many matters of national importance, why bother with a few million Palestinians in some hellhole a million miles away? And who the hell is Le Pen? Why waste valuable media space on her, on why Mr Charles chose to have lunch with her?
But back to our man at the UN, Rodney Charles. Why did he abstain when the vote on admitting Palestine to UNESCO came before the Conference? Was he acting on instructions from Foreign Affairs Minister Suruj Rambachan? Did he abstain by "vaps"?
Did Mr Charles, in our name (well, he does represent us all), decide it was in our best interests to scuttle Palestinians' efforts to "build peace" or "eradicate poverty"?
We need to know what's in Mr Charles's mind because later this week an even more critical vote comes before the Security Council-whether or not to admit Palestine as a full member of the UN.
Palestine aside, what went through Mr Charles's head when he agreed to have lunch with Marine Le Pen? This woman represents the ugly face of racism in France, and worse, the resurgence of Nazism in Europe. In ordinary circumstances, she would spit on Mr Charles's face and hurl the N-word at him. But there he was, one of only three ambassadors to the UN, sharing a meal, and, I suppose, polite conversation, with her.
Le Pen's father, when he was leader of the National Front, had made negative remarks about the extermination of Jews in Nazi concentration camps, for which he was jailed.
That left Mr Charles and ambassadors from Uruguay and Armenia as the only persons of note in attendance. It's not as if Le Pen looks like she would be the next president of France so our man needed to court her. The woman was on tour of the USA, seeking to enhance her profile.
What these two episodes tell us is that our foreign affairs are rudderless and in shambles, left to the whims and fancies of political appointees posted to head diplomatic missions. Line Minister Rambachan must shoulder some blame for Mr Charles's twin-faux-pas.
Or, as the man charged with shaping our new foreign relations policies, he must let citizens know what is Government's position on politically-charged issues like the recognition of Palestine and fraternising with neo-Nazis.
July | 2011 | Campaign to Control Cancer, 1 July 2011 [cached]
We also worked with the UN to host a press briefing on NCDs featuring UN Ambassador Rodney Charles from Trinidad & Tobago, ACS CEO John Seffrin, Harvard professor David Bloom, author of a World Economic Forum report on NCDs, and Cary Adams, CEO of UICC.
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