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Harris, Brantley representing Federation at UN General Assembly

File photo of Prime Minister Harris at a previous UN Meeting.

(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and Premier the Honourable Mark Brantley are representing the twin island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

While in New York, both leaders will attend high-level meetings and hold bilateral discussions with dignitaries from several allied countries.

The Sept. 25 to Oct. 5 General Assembly is expected to address financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the fight to end tuberculosis, as well as the threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly to small island developing states.

Prime Minister Harris and Premier Brantley, both of whom attended the Thanksgiving Service for the life of His Excellency Cedric Harper CMG on Saturday in Jamaica, will attend a Sept. 24 reception for Heads of Delegations.

The General Debate of the UN General Assembly commences Sept. 25, at the UN Headquarters. On Sept. 26, Prime Minister Harris will attend a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, as agreed by Member States in February 2018.

On Sept. 27, the UN will hold a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of NCDs, which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. Noteworthy, CARICOM was the body that initiated attention to the threat of NCDs, and having it placed as a priority on the international agenda, which ultimately led to the first UN High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs in 2011.

Prime Minister Harris is slated to deliver his highly anticipated presentation to the General Assembly on Friday.

While in New York, the Honourable Prime Minister and Premier Brantley are also expected to join many nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis living in New York for a number of events to mark the 35th anniversary of the Federation’s Independence.

There will be a 35th Anniversary Independence Gala at Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Rd, Bronx, New York, on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

A 35th Independence Anniversary Church Service will be held Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. at the Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church at 3757 White Plains Road and 218th Street, Bronx, New York.

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