Prime Minister Harris Reports on Trip to 74th Session of the Un General Assembly, Where Much Was Accomplished

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 03, 2019 (SKNIS): Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris recently led a delegation to the 74th Session of the United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City where much was accomplished including the provision of strong advocacy on issues that matter to the citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.

During his monthly press conference held on October 03, 2019, the Prime Minister stated that matters discussed included job creation, climate change, correspondent banking, de-risking, the Citizen by Investment (CBI) industry, human resource development, etc.

One notable accomplishment during the trip was the signing of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Prime Minister described the signing on Friday, September 27th as a proud moment, when the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, “at long last” acceded to the Convention.

“I was pleased to be a part of that historic moment as the signatory on behalf of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Harris said. “Friday’s signing delivered on my Team Unity Administration’s promise to Lance Corporal Joseph Bergan, the President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities and members of the differently abled community that we would get it done for them.   And get it done we have!  Another promise delivered,” the Prime Minister added.

Several other high-level meetings occurred in the run-up to and in the margins of the UNGA, including high-level meetings on Universal Health Coverage, Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Other members of the delegation included the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, the Honourable Mark Brantley; Minister of Public Infrastructure, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd; Attorney-General, Senator the Honourable Vincent Byron; St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Sam Condor; Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Kaye Bass and Mr. Andrew Skerritt;  and other officers from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations.

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