Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar extends warm congratulations to Judge Deborah Thomas-Felix, President of the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago, on her election today as an Appeal Judge on the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT).
The UNAT, which comprises seven judges, is an appellate court established by the United Nations General Assembly to review appeals against judgments rendered by the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT), hears and passes judgment on appeals from decisions taken by the Standing Committee acting on behalf of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board (UNJSPB) and by those agencies and entities that have accepted the jurisdiction of the Tribunal.
Of the 156 countries present and voting, Judge Thomas-Felix amassed 103 votes. There were 9 abstentions.
The Honourable Prime Minister noted that the achievement was all the more significant as it was the first time that a Caribbean country had been elected to serve on the UNAT. She expressed appreciation to the international community for their support.
Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar also commends the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations for their contributions to this achievement.