A Solomon Islands diplomat has been elected a vice president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that Ambassador Colin Beck will take up the one year position with the world body in September.

Mr. Beck says the position will increase Solomon Islands visibility at an international level, and allow the country more involvement in international issues.

Solomon Islands has been a UN member for 30 years.

It is the current vice chair of the Alliance of Small Islands Developing States, and also a member of the Bureau of the 50 Least Developed Countries.

Solomon Times Online congratulates His Excellency, Mr. Colin Beck, for this remarkable achivement and wishes him a prosperous year in his new position.