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Sir Shridath Ramphal In a century that has witnessed some of the most remarkable lives lived of the entire history of the world, that of Sir Shridath Ramphal stands in the vanguard, as a dedicated servant of humanity! Shridath Ramphal was born on 3 October 1928 in Berbice, the ancient county of New Amsterdam, British Guiana. His astonishing dedicated service to his country, the Caribbean region, the Commonwealth, the developing world and the developed world is unprecedented in history! The young Shridath Ramphal attended Queens College, the premier school in Guiana, before going to England where he attended Kings College London, from which he graduated with his LLM in 1952. He had already qualified as a Barrister at Law at Gray's Inn in 1951, and was the Arden and Atkins Prize winner there in 1952. Shridath Ramphal returned to his homeland in 1953, where he served in various legal positions. It was quickly noticed that even among a number of outstanding legal practitioners his abilities and legal acumen stood out. This led to him becoming First Legal Draughtsman of the West Indies in 1958-59. Then he served as Solicitor General of British Guiana from 1959-61. In 1961 he was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the West Indies, and was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow to study law at Harvard University, from which he duly graduated. After Guyana's independence in 1966, Shridath Ramphal's services continued to be in great demand, and he served as Attorney General from 1966 to 73. Minister of State for External Affairs from 1967-72, Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1972-73 and finally as Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Justice from 1973-75. While serving in these positions Shridath Ramphal gave signal service and advise in the formation of the Caribbean Free Trade Area. (Carifta), which led to Caricom, and also played a crucial part on the negotiating team for the first Lome talks. Ramphal had also served as Vice President of the General Assembly of United Nations, from 1968 and in 1973. For his outstanding service in a wide variety of fields he was made a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1970. His signal abilities in law and international affairs, singled Sir Shridath out for higher international service, and in 1975 he was appointed Secretary General of the Commonwealth. Here he continued to serve with great distinction, his immense personal courage and integrity were not compromised as he became the foremost advocate for developing world issues. Often his was the only voice in the senior international arena, who constantly championed just causes fearlessly. His relentless pursuit for international relations and trade based on justice, led him to constantly condemn the grave iniquities of apartheid South Africa. He was so persistent for justice, and brought the injustices of apartheid to light so regularly, that he probably thereby hindered his own chances of being appointed Secretary General of United Nations. Sir Shridath Ramphal served the Commonwealth with immense distinction for fifteen years, then he was appointed Chief Negotiator for international economic negotiations with Europe and the Americas by Caricom Heads of Government from 1990. In 1992 he again gave signal service to the Caribbean region, when he Chaired the West Indian Commission, which charted the future development of the region. Sir Shridath Ramphal has served on dozens of important international bodies, and headed chaired and co-chaired, including being Chairman of the Founding Board, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Stockholm; Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Future Generations Alliance Committee, President of the World Conservation Union; Chairman of the UN Committee on Environment and Development Planning. Sir Shridath Ramphal, a remarkable world citizen! continues to serve both his region as the Chief Trade Negotiator, and the international community in his current role of co-chairman, with Ingvar Carlsson, former Prime Minister of Sweden, as joint Chairman of The Commission On Global Governance.