Statement on the passing of H.E. Dr. John W. Ashe former Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Antigua and Barbuda.
July 8, 2016
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration takes this opportunity to extend sincere condolences to the family of the late H.E. Dr. John W. Ashe on his sudden passing.
Ambassador Ashe started his career as a young diplomat in 1989 at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations for Antigua and Barbuda as Scientific Attaché, Counsellor then Minister Counsellor.
Over the years he developed and matured as a professional diplomat and was elevated as Antigua and Barbuda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He served in may key capacities at the UN to include Chairman of the thirteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development and many other important UN high level meetings, seminars, roundtable and administrative and budgetary sessions.
He played a leading role in the negotiations on budgetary and administrative matters within the conventions on biological diversity and desertification, the Basel Convention, and the Montreal Protocol, and served on the Executive Boards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Ambassador Ashe had a passion for sustainable development, poverty eradication in small island developing states and the promotion of the detrimental effects of Climate Change on small states like Antigua and Barbuda. He was noted for his leadership role played on a number of governing bodies of major UN environmental agreements, including the first Chairman of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention’s Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), and, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP).
On 14th June 2013 he was appointed President of the United Nations Sixty Eight General Assembly, making him the first Antiguan and Barbudan and third Caribbean national to hold such prestigious position.
H.E. Dr. John W. Ashe was born on 20th August 1954 in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, and holds a Doctorate in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania (United States).
The Ministry extends sympathy to his wife Anilla and children in New York and extended family in Antigua and Barbuda.