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Inga Rhonda King (also known as I. Rhonda King) is a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines accountant, teacher and publisher who has served as the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations since September 2013.

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Early life and educationEdit

King was born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles[1] and is Vincentian by descent.[2] She has a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.[1][2]

CareerEdit

King is a certified accountant and financial manager.[1] She has also worked in publishing, business development and academia.[1] She taught English as a foreign language in China from 2002 to 2003 and has been a volunteer mathematics teacher for at-risk children in Miami.[1]

In 2003, King published her biography as a collection of essays called Journal of a Superfluous Woman in which she narrates her experience with breast cancer.[3]

In 2006, King founded Strategy Forum Inc, an independent publisher of illustrated books. She is also an artist.[4]

From 2010, King was Chairperson of National Investment Promotions in Kingstown.[1] She was also appointed honorary consul for Portugal.[2] In 2011, she became chair of St Vincent and the Grenadines' investment promotion agency.[2]

King was appointed as Permanent Representative to the United Nations by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on 13 September 2013.[1][5][2] She has spoken on behalf of the L.69 Group of Developing Countries.[6] In January 2016, St Vincent and the Grenadines voting rights were suspended due to outstanding payment of dues. King said it was a clerical error which would be fixed promptly.[7]

On 29 September 2016, King was elected chair of the UN Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).[1][8] On 27 April 2017, she spoke at the General Assembly to champion the resolution to include World Creativity and Innovation Day on the UN Days of Observance.[9]

On 26 July 2018, King was elected to be the seventy-fourth President of the UN Economic and Social Council.[10]

PublicationsEdit

  • King, Inga Rhonda (2003). Journal of a Superfluous Woman: A Collection of Essays. iUniverse.
  • King, Inga Rhonda (2009). Caribbean Sense of Life: A Photographic Narrative. Strategy Forum Inc.
  • King, Inga Rhonda (2011). The Green Legacy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Strategy Forum Inc. ISBN 978-0-9824215-2-9.
  • King, Inga Rhonda (2011). A Tiny Slice of Caribbean Life: Portrait of a Vincy Woman. Strategy Forum In.
  • King, I. Rhonda (30 November 2015). "The Green Legacy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Inga Rhonda King (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) Chair of Fifth Committee". United Nations. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "PM Gonsalves announces new UN envoy, other senior appointments". IWitness News. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  3. ^ King, Inga Rhonda (2003). Journal of a Superfluous Woman: A Collection of Essays. iUniverse.
  4. ^ "SFI Books: A New and Dynamic Approach to Caribbean Publishing". 18 May 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ "New Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Presents Credentials". United Nations. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  6. ^ UN General Assembly (19 July 2017). "General Assembly Adopts Texts on Security Council Reform, Peacekeeping, Conflict in Africa, Cooperation with Regional Groups". Relief Web. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Envoy blames clerical error for UN voting rights problem". Antigua Observer. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  8. ^ McAllister, Jared (16 October 2016). "St Vincent Diplomat's Other Post". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  9. ^ "World Creativity and Innovation Day is accepted by the United Nations". April 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Opening 2019 Session, Economic and Social Council Elects New President, Adopts Provisional Agenda, Other Organizational Matters" (Press release). New York. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.