Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr terrance Drew accompanied by a minister Dr Joelle Clarke , participated in the second Caribbean Small Island Development States (SIDS) summit on climate change for 28th and 29th september 2023.
The significant event lasts for two days, from the 28th Thursday to the 29th of September Friday. The event was held in Grenada.
Another minister who attended the meeting was Dr Joyelle Clarke, hold the charge of ministery of sustainable development, environment and climate action.
Dr drew from the summit’s platform presented a compelling vision of sustainable island states (SIS) and its connection with the sustainable development goals (SDG) agenda and climate resilience, addressing the gathering of the Caribbean Community ( CARICOM ) head of governments.
During his address, the Prime Minister brought the attention of attendees to current issues, such as pressing water crises experienced in St Kitts and Nevis and emphasised its direct connection with climate change.
Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of helping citizens , comprehend the direct links between the current challenges and global climate change.
Prime Minister Dr Drew, speaking, specifically highlighted SDG#6, clean water and sanitation, as the focal point under the SIS pillar of water protection. He also stated the role of St Kitts and Nevis as a dedicated nation which is at the forefront of transformational change, dedicated to safeguarding its people through a nationwide agenda.
The two-day event covered various climate-related topics as follows
- Effects of climate change on development, prosperity and resilience
- Impact on Transformational international financial architecture
- Impacts on opportunities in biological system
- Financing the transition to renewable energy in the Caribbean
- Accelerating E-mobility
- Building a stronger national system for climate transparency, etc
Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew and Minister Clarke’s attendance at the event underlined their firm commitment to addressing the climate challenges and advancing sustainable development goals, not only in their home country but across the whole Caribbean region.
The visionary leadership of St Kitts and Nevis under the command of Dr Terrance Drew sets the stage for meaningful collaboration and action on extremely important issues the small island developing nations facing.