(Based on information received from the Protocol and Liaison Service)
The new Permanent Observer of the Caribbean Community to the United Nations (CARICOM), A. Missouri Sherman-Peter, presented her letter of appointment to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Sherman-Peter served as Adviser to the Minister of National Security and as the first, establishing Chair of the Bahamas Inter-Ministry Committee on Trafficking in Persons from September 2011 to April 2013.
In addition to the many posts she held in various Government ministries and offices, Ms. Sherman-Peter also represented her country in 2012 at the Bahamas-United States Partnership Dialogue and the Third Meeting of National Coordinators on Trafficking in Persons of the Organization of American States, as well as other bi-lateral and multi-lateral mechanisms over time.
She was also Chef de Cabinet to the President of the fifty-eighth United Nations General Assembly between 2003 and 2004, having previously served her country at the Organization for nineteen years, including as Deputy Permanent Representative from 1988 to 1994.
She concurrently served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Special Envoy in 2003; Non-Resident High Commissioner to Zimbabwe in 1999; and High Commissioner to Canada between 1997 and 2000.
From 1994 to 1997, she was Assistant Director in the Political Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, United Kingdom, having also represented The Bahamas in regional organizations, and served in other capacities at regional and United Nations meetings of Heads of Government and at the Ministerial level.
She also served as Representative of the Bahamas to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs from 1982 to 1994, among other United Nations bodies, including the Economic and Social Council and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She was Head and Consul General of the Bahamas Consulate General in New York from 1977 to 1988.
Ms. Sherman-Peter holds a Master of International Relations (International Law and Organization) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in History (Special Honours) from the University of the West Indies.
She is the mother of one son and one daughter.