St. Kitts And Nevis And Icelandic Ambassadors Share Perspectives In Paris
On 2nd October last in Paris, the Federation’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador David P. Doyle, met up with his counterpart, H.E. Ms. Unnur ORRADOTTIR-RAMETTE, Ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary of Iceland to UNESCO, the OECD, and France.
They shared some insights of mutual interest related to the work of UNESCO, a specialised UN agency promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture.
Iceland, who joined UNESCO in 1964, is an active member with three sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The ambassadors exchanged views on areas of potential cooperation at UNESCO, notably climate change adaptation, education and supporting UNESCO activities relating to small island developing states (SIDS). Iceland will be seeking a seat on the UNESCO Executive Board in 2021.
At bilateral level the ambassadors – recognising that both St. Kitts and Nevis and Iceland share similar challenges as island states – exchanged views on how the Federation might benefit from the vast expertise of Iceland in developing a sustainable fishing sector in the twin-island state.
The Government of Iceland and the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement concerning the exchange of information relating to tax matters in 2010.
Back in 2008, Members of the Nevis Island Administration undertook a fact finding mission to Iceland on geothermal energy, a country that is a recognised pioneer in the use of geothermal energy for space heating and electricity generation.
Noted Ambassador Doyle: “A most fruitful discussion with Ambassador ORRADOTTIR-RAMETTE, covering a range of areas of mutual support and interest at UNESCO and potentially at bilateral level”