CARIB | Jul 1, 2022

Sir Shridath Ramphal releases 72 years of papers covering his public life for viewing online

/ Our Today


Sir Shridath Ramphal, the 94-year-old former secretary general of the Commonwealth and elder statesman of the Caribbean, has released 72 years of papers, including speeches and other submissions, covering his decades serving in public life.

The papers, covering 1950 to 2022, have been made available to the public of the international community, including universities, libraries, researchers and academics as well as interested readers at website

Sir Shridath has served as assistant attorney-general of the West Indies Federation, minister of justice and foreign affairs of Guyana as well as chancellor of the University of Guyana, the University of the West Indies and Warwick University.

Sir Shridath Ramphal

From 1980 to 1995, he served on all Global Commissions to have produced reports on the environment, development and disarmament.

He was also chairman of the West Indian Commission whose 1992 report, Time for Action, is considered blueprint for Caribbean development.

In 1992, he was among the first three distinguished Caribbean nationals to receive membership in the Order of the Caribbean Community.


Sir Shridath has served as president of the World Conservation Union, special adviser to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, chief negotiator for the Caribbean on external economic relations and as a mediator and facilitator in elections and constitutional crises.

He also played a lead role in bringing an end to institutional racism in Southern Africa, including the Apartheid in South Africa.


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