(ZIZ News) — Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris addressed the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.
In keeping with the session’s theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push To Transform Our World”, Prime Minister Harris proposed, among other things that partnerships between small and large countries must be forged to combat global issues.
“Our response must be to forge greater partnership and find common ground. Global challenges demand that we build bridges not walls. We must strengthen our commitment to multilateralism and cooperation. We must empower international institutions, civil society and the private sector to play a much greater role,” he said.
“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prove a perfect platform and framework for achieving this in partnership,” he added.
He said past partnerships have shown what can be achieved by working together.
He encouraged that bold steps be taken to ensure greater progress and success in the future.
He said “Despite the many challenges we face, I am convinced that we can achieve our individual goals by working together as an international community to make the right decisions and triumph over adversity.”
He continued “This is the time for a bolder and grander vision of partnership. As peoples of the world we joined together to celebrate our achievement in the SDGs. These are examples of what we can do working together for the ultimate benefit of all. Let us now therefore resolve to achieve even greater success in the years leading up to 2030.”
In his address the Prime Minister referred to the cooperation between St. Kitts and Nevis and Venezuela via the Petrocaribe – as well as the relationship between the Federation and the Republic of China (Taiwan) which contributes considerably to a number of areas including education, health, agriculture, information technology and sports.
The United Nations General Assembly runs from Sept 20th to 26.