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Nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis joined in the federation’s 39th independence anniversary traditional activities held in New York City

Published 28 September 2022


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This past weekend, many nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis joined in the federation’s 39th independence anniversary traditional activities held in New York City.

The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew delivered his maiden UN speech to the world on Friday, September 23, 2022, during the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

His call to action on the climate crisis was one of the high points of his speech as he suggested the UN body move away from political posturing that does little to address urgent global crises.

He also shared his commitment to “a new deal” in all aspects of education in St. Kitts and Nevis, which was telling of his pledge to the active inclusion of women and young people, particularly through the advancement of digital technology.

He articulated his call for multilateralism as the foundational tenet that will derive economic sustainability, specifically for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as St. Kitts and Nevis. In his own words, “for SIDS and vulnerable peoples throughout the world, there can be no international security without climate security.”

Finally, Prime Minister Drew boldly called for an end to the economic embargo imposed on Cuba and for meaningful dialogue to address the hardships felt by the Cuban people. His call for a CARICOM Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) to advocate for assistance and access to concessional financing for SIDS was another high point of his speech.

On Saturday, September 24th September, throngs of nationals attended an Independence Anniversary event held at the grand ballroom of Eastwood Manor in the Bronx, New York. It was a celebratory event that included former Prime Minister the Right Honorable Dr. Denzil Douglas, the Honorable Dr. Joyelle Clarke, and Ambassador Designate H. E. Nerys Dockery and their delegation. Hundreds of ecstatic nationals attended the event, with many expressing their excitement and love for the new faces of the SKNLP-led government.

On Sunday, September 25, 2022, nationals of the federation attended a service of thanksgiving to mark St. Kitts and Nevis’s 39th independence anniversary. The powerful message brought by Reverend Stacia Robinson shed light on the independence theme, urging all to accept that while we may not be successful in achieving our goals to “Refocus; Re-Create and Redesign” all at once, we ought to be willing to “do it again” until we meet with success.

In his address, the Prime Minister mentioned his commitment to stewardship to all citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis in every aspect of governance and development. He was clear in his commitment to lead in a manner that uplifts all nationals, leaving no one behind.

Nationals in the Diaspora play an integral role in the development of St. Kitts and Nevis and this sentiments was certainly made clear by Prime Minister Drew during the weekend celebration of our nation’s Independence 39. The work of nation building continues!

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