The new Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the United Nations, Cosmos Richardson, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday, February 22, 2017, on the 38th anniversary of our independence.
Before his latest appointment, Mr. Richardson provided consultancy services between 2012 and 2017, for various organizations in the areas of public policy, policy analysis and strategic planning. Prior to that, he was Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister from 2007 to 2012.
With more than three decades of public service, Mr. Richardson was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation between 2002 and 2007. He served as Permanent Secretary in the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs from 1997 to 2002, and in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives from 1986 until 1997.
Mr. Richardson holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in economics, as well as a post-graduate diploma in agricultural and natural resource economics.
Mr. Cosmos Richardson is now Saint Lucia’s twelfth ambassador to the United Nations.
Ambassadors in order of holding office since independence in 1979:
- H.E. Barry Auguste (1979 – 1982)
- H.E. Dr. Edsel Edmunds (1984 – 1989)
- H.E. Charles Fleming (1989 – 1994)
- H.E. George W. Odlum (1994 – 1996)
- H.E. Earl S. Huntley (2001 – 2003)
- H.E. Sir Julian R. Hunte (1998 – 2001 and 2005 – 2006)
- H.E. Anthony B. Severin (2003 – 2004 and 2006 – 2007)
- H.E. Donatus K. St. Aimee (2008 – 2012)
- H.E. Menissa Rambally (2012 – 2017)
- H.E. Cosmos Richardson (2017 – Present)