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SKN PM to lead delegation to UN Conference on Small Island Developing States

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN)—St. Kitts and Nevis will be represented at the UN Small Islands Developing State conference in Antigua later this month at the highest level. Prime Minister Dr Terence Drew will lead the delegation at the May 27 to 30 meeting, including Minister of Sustainable Development Joelle Clark.

The conference, themed “Charting the Course Towards Resilient Prosperity,” will assess countries’ progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda seeks to end poverty and hunger, realise human rights, achieve gender equality, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

The fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) convenes once every ten years, with the previous conference (SIDS3) held in 2014 in Samoa.

Under the overarching theme, SIDS4 aims to evaluate Small Island Developing States’ capacity to attain sustainable development, focusing on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. The conference will formulate an intergovernmental, action-oriented political document to foster resilience and prosperity in SIDS communities.

Prime Minister Drew stated that the Federation anticipates the conference to facilitate collaboration to chart a course toward resilient prosperity. St. Kitts and Nevis is excited to host a National side-event at the Conference venue to discuss the intersectionality of health, human capital, and the climate crisis.

Minister Clarke, in a release from the government’s information service, underlined the unique perspective that St. Kitts and Nevis brings to the table, aiming to leverage the visibility and collaborative support provided by the Conference. The Federation eagerly anticipates sharing its national vision of a sustainable island state with key stakeholders and investors, fostering strategic partnerships.

The Federation is prepared to join efforts to ensure the realisation of the SIDS4 Outcome Document, which will serve as the comprehensive plan of action for the next decade.

Comprising 37 United Nations member nations and 20 associated members of regional commissions, SIDS faces challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges, combined with high import/export costs, reliance on external markets, and limited natural resources, emphasise the need for tailored action for sustainable development.

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