PM Harris addresses UN General Assembly

 Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26 that his Government of National Unity is fully committed to sustainable development goals. The Prime Minsiter was at the time speaking during the 70th Regular Session of the United Nations being held under the theme ‘Transforming our World’, which focused on the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda with special attention given to sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030,

 The pursuit of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDG 2030 is an organic process for us simply because in St. Kitts and Nevis, we have a people-centered government. It is a government focused on working for the sustainable development of our people. We are continuing to increase access for all to high quality healthcare; upgrading the delivery, rigor and relevance of primary and secondary education – which is compulsory for all children from ages five to sixteen,” Prime Minister Harris said.

The Prime Minister underscored the point that his Government was reforming laws that would bring about economic sustainability, which would lead to a better quality of life, especially for young people through work opportunities that would enhance their human dignity.

We are determined to preserve the dignity and human rights of our people. We will champion policies for good governance, transparency, social equity, justice, security and prosperity for all,” he said.

Dr. Harris emphasised the fact that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) were vulnerable to climate change and rising ocean and seas that could result in eroded coastlines which could affect the tourism industry upon which so many SIDS relied for their livelihood. He also said that as a result of climate change, droughts were happening more frequently.

 Dominica’s devastation by Tropical Storm Erika highlights the vulnerability of SIDS and why development cannot be taken for granted.  It also makes a cogent point that the graduation of SIDS on basis of per capita income is imprudent in the context of our vulnerability,” he said.

This year for example, we in St Kitts and Nevis suffered one of the most prolonged and severe drought spells.  The consequence has been water rationing for the consuming public,” said Prime Minister Harris noting that “we are witnessing the destruction to our livelihood by natural disasters and sea level rise” and that “we do not know from one year to the next which island will be devastated or set back decades in development.” (Extracted from St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release)

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