Glimpses of a Global Life
Sir Shridath "Sonny" Ramphal has lived a long and global life. A lawyer and international diplomat, he rose from humble origins to become a key Advisor to Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders from every continent engaged with him as the longest serving Secretary-General of the Commonwealth (1975–1990) and as the only person who served on all the Independent International Commissions that grappled with the world's major issues. His book, Glimpses of a Global Life, involves a cast of the world's leading characters and the central role Ramphal played alongside them in issues such as ending the apartheid in South Africa; laying the foundations for global concerns about the environment; the reform of global governance, and the resolution of conflicts. It is an analysis of major problems and challenges that dominated the twentieth century and which continue to shape the contours of the twenty-first
The 58th Lecture of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) welcomed the launch of the book "Glimpses of a Global Life," the memoirs of former Secretary General of the Commonwealth and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Sir Shridath Ramphal and paid tribute to the life and work of the Guyanese politician, considered an expert on good governance, integration, economic development and social justice in the Caribbean and elsewhere.
The OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, who delivered the welcoming remarks on behalf of Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, highlighted some of the major contributions of Sir Shridath Ramphal to the history of his country and the region, and assured that "the OAS is very pleased to be part of the launch of this long-awaited publication." About the book, the OAS senior official said that it is laid out "carefully and with humility. From my perspective, this is not just a memoir with personal insights, it’s also a commentary of an insider’s perspective on pivotal events that have shaped the world and the Caribbean in recent decades."
Ambassador Ramdin recalled that the impact of the work of Sir Shridath Ramphal was "very substantive" and said that his legacy "is real, because he is not only the man of the Caribbean who prioritized regionalism, he is the man who worked shoulder to shoulder with world leaders debating methods of foreign affairs and diplomatic relations; the man who formed a modern community of nations and made concrete and meaningful contributions to topics such as world trade, the apartheid and conflict resolution." "His memoirs are sorrowful and at the same time diplomatic enough to give us an idea of the reality behind some of the most important challenges in the recent history of the diplomatic world; the lessons and perspectives contained in this book are noteworthy and greatly appreciated," he concluded.