Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons – Sixth Biennial Meeting of States


Ambassador Courtenay Rattray

Ambassador Courtenay Rattray is the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, a post to which he was appointed on 1st June 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as Jamaica’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, from December 2008 until May 2013.

He was appointed as Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on UN Security Council Reform in November 2014. He also served as the Chair of the 69th Session of the UN Committee on Disarmament and International Security (First Committee) and Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee for the UN’s project to erect a memorial in honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He was the Co-Facilitator of the UN consultation process on the modalities and outcome document for the comprehensive review and assessment of progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, from May-July 2014.

During his public service career, Ambassador Rattray served as Director for Bilateral Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, as well Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington DC. Prior to this, he was Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and previously the Special Advisor to the Minister of Industry and Investment.

Before joining the public service, Ambassador Rattray was the Executive Director of the Jamaica Marketing Company Ltd., a trading company based in the UK owned by the Government of Jamaica. He has also served as Jamaica’s Trade Commissioner in London.

Ambassador Rattray holds a BA in International Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a MSc. in International Business from South Bank University in London, and a MA (Global Master of Arts Program) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Boston, where he gave the Commencement Address to the GMAP Graduating Class of 2015.

He is married to Tanya and has four children.