Sir Shridath Surendranath "Sonny" Ramphal GCMG AC ONZ OE OM OCC QC (born 3 October 1928) served as the second Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1975 to 1990. He previously served as the Foreign Minister of Guyana, from 1972 to 1975.
During Ramphal's time as Commonwealth Secretary-General, the United Kingdom represented by Margaret Thatcher was found to be in a minority of one on the issue of economic sanctions against apartheid South Africa.
With Ingvar Carlsson, he was in 1995 one of the co-chairs of the Commission on Global Governance, which reported on issues of international development, international security, globalization and global governance.
Ramphal has two daughters, Susan and Amanda, and two sons, Ian and Mark.
- Inseparable Humanity: An Anthology of Reflections (Hansib, 1988)
- Triumph for UNCLOS: The Guyana-suriname Maritime Arbitration (Hansib, 2008)
- Caribbean Challenges: Sir Shridath Ramphal's Collected Counsel (Hansib, 2012)
Honours and awards
On 6 February 1990, Ramphal was the nineteenth appointee to The Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest civil honour. In May 2006 Ramphal was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. He is a Vice-President of the Royal Commonwealth Society. The Ramphal Building at the University of Warwick was named in his honour.
- Richard Bourne, Shridath Ramphal: The Commonwealth and the World (Hansib, 2009)
- "Honours and Awards" (15 February 1990) 23 New Zealand Gazette 445 at 446.
- The Ramphal Institute - Official website for the continuation of the work of Sir Shridath Ramphal: promoting good governance, economic development and social justice around the world.
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