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St Vincent and The Grenadines

St Vincent and The Grenadines lies in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It is made up of the island of St Vincent and the northern Grenadines, a group of 32 smaller islands and cays (low banks of coral or rock) to the south. The southern Grenadines are part of Grenada. St Vincent and The Grenadines is volcanic, with one volcano still active, and mountainous. The islands are covered in forest. 

Key facts

  • Region: Caribbean and Americas
  • Population: 110,000 (2018) 
  • Area: 390 square kilometres 
  • Capital: Kingstown 
  • Joined Commonwealth: 1979, following independence from Britain 
  • Commonwealth Youth Index: 22 out of 49 countries 

Secretariat support for St Vincent and The Grenadines 

Human rights 

In 2016-17 and 2019, the Secretariat helped St Vincent and The Grenadines to report on human rights in the country under the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. 

Support for legislation 

The Secretariat helped high court judges and prosecutors from St Vincent and The Grenadines improve their knowledge of computer-related crime. 

Health 

In 2016-17, the Secretariat helped the country set up a national commission on non-communicable diseases. 

Trade 

In 2015-16, the Secretariat's Hub and Spokes II programme sent an expert to the country’s National Trade Ministry. He advised on trade policy, export strategy, trade in services and industrial policy. 

In April 2019, the Secretariat provided a plan for economic reforms to make it easier for foreign firms to conduct business in St Vincent and The Grenadines. 

Sustainable development 

In 2016-17, the Secretariat helped St Vincent and The Grenadines agree its maritime boundaries with St Lucia. The Secretariat sent an expert to advise on maritime safety, ship registry and maritime pollution. This work concluded in 2019. 

Blue Charter

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a member of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance, Sustainable Blue Economy and Ocean and Climate Change Action Groups.

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