by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Representatives from St. Kitts and Nevis have joined world leaders and dignitaries at the 77th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly in New York to discuss issues of critical importance to the Caribbean and International communities.
The St. Kitts – Nevis contingent comprises the Hon Konris Maynard and the Hon. Dr Joyelle Clarke, accompanied by Ghislaine Williams and Denaula LaPlace of the Permanent Mission of St. Kitts-Nevis to the United Nations. The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr Terrance Drew is also in attendance and will address the meeting on Friday, September 23.
The United Nation’s 77th General Debate runs from Tuesday, September 20 to Monday, September 26, under the theme “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.”
The Hon. Konris Maynard confirmed that the group will engage in important side meetings relating to the Government’s push toward Renewable Energy Transition and Green Climate commitment. He explained that “Large-scale infrastructure projects in renewable energy and the tools and solutions to access financial capital, green investments, and public-private partnerships” will be addressed at the sessions.
The discussions over the recent years have been focused on strategies to combat climate change.. Leaders are suggesting that the more developed nations need to take the leading role in how the world responds to climate change.
The UN’s General Debate comes months after a meeting between leaders of the Caribbean and US Vice President Kamala Harris, where she launched the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030).
PACC 2030 is geared to facilitate the collaboration between the U.S. private sector and Caribbean companies to support renewable energy infrastructure project development from concept to financing, technical assistance and blended finance tools to create Caribbean equity in energy projects and to bolster the region’s resilience to climate-based natural disasters.
Meanwhile, in the region, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank(ECCB), through its Strategic Plan 2017-2021, has been advising member countries to invest in renewable energy. The ECCB made a decision to lead the way by installing solar-powered panels at its Campus in Bird Rock. St. Kitts.
Most recently at the Country Outreach Mission to St. Lucia, Governor of ECCB Timothy N. J Antoine, said the institution is intending to work with the World Bank to establish a Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment Facility for the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The Governor said the facility will assist regional Governments with policy and regulatory gaps, as well as financing.