Well known historian and Director of the Centre for Reparations Research, Professor Verene Shepherd, has been appointed the new Chair of the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CERD.

The appointment took effect yesterday.

Professor Shepherd is the first Jamaican and the first person from the Caribbean region to hold the post.

The former host of Nationwide 90FM’s Talking History program will be in the position for two years.

Professor Shepherd recently stepped back from hosting Talking History to assume the new role as Chair of the oldest treaty body of the United Nations.

As the oldest treaty body, the CERD is tasked with implementing the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

In a statement posted to its Twitter page yesterday, the Centre for Reparations Research, CRR, noted that it was pleased to announce Professor Shepherd’s appointment.

The CRR says Professor Shepherd’s candidacy was supported by CARICOM.

Professor Shepherd has been a member of CERD since 2016.

She won the highest number of votes among those who competed for a seat on CERD twice in a row.

Professor Shepherd previously served as Vice Chair of CERD.