PRIME MINISTER Allen M. Chastanet was carded to address the United Nations general Assembly yesterday, where, according to a press release from his office on Thursday, he “continues to champion the cause of middle income countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).”
The Prime Minister is leading the Saint Lucia delegation at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which began on September 25th.
The release said the Prime Minister, along with the Saint Lucian delegation — which includes Minister with responsibility for External Affairs Sarah Flood Beaubrun – “held several high-level and bilateral meetings to discuss global, regional and local issues, particularly as it relates to financing and debt sustainability.”
According to the statement, “The Prime Minister continued to stress the urgent need for reforms to better enable the full participation of small islands in the global economy as he addressed the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the UNGA on Friday September 28th 2018.”
The theme of the General Debate, “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies”, is also the theme of the 73rd session.
The release said “Prime Minister Chastanet spoke of the vulnerability of the region, especially as it relates to natural disasters such as hurricanes and the efforts by small islands to build resilient infrastructure.”