St. Kitts and Nevis Makes Significant Strides at UNEA-6: A Commitment to Sustainable Transformation

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Basseterre, St. Kitts – The conclusion of the United Nations Environment Assembly’s sixth session (UNEA-6) marks a significant milestone in global environmental governance. Held from February 26 to March 1, 2024, in Nairobi, Kenya, the session focused on “Effective, inclusive, and sustainable multilateral actions to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.” It culminated in the adoption of 15 resolutions, two decisions, and a Ministerial Declaration aimed at confronting the triple planetary crisis head-on.

The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, represented by a distinguished delegation led by the Honourable Dr. Joyelle Clarke, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Climate Action, and Constituency Empowerment played a pivotal role in shaping the outcomes of UNEA-6. The delegation’s active participation underscored the nation’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

Senator, Hon. Dr. Joyelle Clarke’s election to serve on the Bureau of UNEA-7 in February 2026, as Rapporteur exemplifies the international community’s recognition of St. Kitts and Nevis’ leadership in environmental governance.

The nation’s steps towards accreditation to the UNEP Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) mark a strategic move to influence global environmental policy and ensure the implementation of UNEP’s programme of work and UNEA resolutions.

During UNEA-6, the national delegation presented a compelling vision for St. Kitts and Nevis as a Sustainable Island State. This vision emphasizes resilience, innovation, stewardship, and the protection of the most vulnerable through sustainable practices and global partnership. The interventions made by Senator Clarke and Dr. Marcus Natta stressed the critical need for international support to mitigate climate change impacts and the importance of inclusive financial systems that address the unique vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

St. Kitts and Nevis’ engagement in UNEA-6 demonstrates the nation’s proactive approach to multilateral diplomacy and its commitment to sustainability. The active participation in high-level dialogues and side events, including advocating for the interests of SIDS and calling for systemic financial reforms, highlights the Federation’s role as a champion for environmental justice and sustainable development on the global stage.

The outcomes of UNEA-6 serve as a call to action for all nations, emphasizing the urgent need for collaborative efforts to address the environmental crises facing our planet. St. Kitts and Nevis remains dedicated to this cause, inviting partners and the international community to join in the pursuit of a resilient, sustainable, and prosperous future for all.

As the Federation moves forward, it continues to leverage its leadership position to advocate for meaningful global environmental actions, ensuring that the voices of SIDS are heard and their unique challenges are addressed in international forums.

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