Prime Minister Harris Addresses The UN General Assembly LInda Williams Story Updated: October 02nd 2015 at 4:30 pm
Crowning a very busy week at the United Nations in New York, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris addressed the General Assembly earlier today (Friday, 2 Oct). Dr. Harris’ address focused on the theme: “The United Nations at 70 – A New Commitment to Action.” He advised the Assembly that the Federation is in full agreement that sustainable development must be at the center of the work program until the year 2030. Dr. Harris stated, ” We are reminded that action is required to create decent jobs for our people, build schools for our children, deliver quality health care for all, and provide a home to our working mothers and fathers. Be assured, Mr. President that St. Kitts and Nevis stands committed to the process of implementation, which includes a robust, systematic and effective monitoring and review process.” He addressed crime and violence, combating non-communicable diseases and AIDS, and strategic partnerships with Taiwan, Venezuela and Cuba, and he concluded by calling for the strengthening of the UN: “We remain eager to work within the United Nations system, but the United Nations must be re-energized, retooled and refocused to meet the challenges of the 21 st century. In fact, we want to see a United Nations strengthened and reflective of the reality of our world, the needs of its membership and the wishes of our diverse and swelling populations.” On the periphery of the General Assembly PM Harris and the SKN delegation met with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and CARICOM Heads on 28 September as well as attended a reception hosted by President and Mrs. Obama; a church service to celebrate the 32 nd anniversary of St. Kitts and Nevis’ independence; and a Presidential Breakfast hosted by Costa Rica-CARICOM.