Minister of Environment Dr. Clarke participates in panel discussion at 2024 Global Sustainable Islands Summit

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Climate Action and Constituency Empowerment, Dr. Joyelle Clarke, highlighted the government’s vision and progress toward transforming the twin-island federation into a Sustainable Island State by 2040 during the 2024 Global Sustainable Islands Summit.

On Wednesday in the discussion, Islands Leading on Climate Action, Minister Clarke stated that this transformation, which is twinned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), is premised on digital transformation and climate resilience with the aim of boosting self-sufficiency and promoting survivability. 

“It is a commitment that the government has made to digitise government services and also to make sure that every single child in St. Kitts and Nevis has access to technology that allows them to be part of the global transformation,” she said. “So while we are pushing for climate resilience, we are also centering people through digital transformation and social protection.” 

The government’s Sustainable Island State Agenda is based on seven key pillars:

  • Green energy transition

  • Food Security 

  • Economic Diversification

  • Sustainable Industries, 

  • The Creative Economy, 

  • Social Protection

  • COVID-19 recovery

Minister Clarke said the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, remains committed to achieving its ambitious goal of protecting the nation’s people and safeguarding the environment.

She also noted the fact that St. Kitts and Nevis ranked number one in Human Development in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2023-24 Human Development Report (HDR).

Minister Clarke said this significant achievement highlights the substantial investments made in improving the lives of those residing in St. Kitts and Nevis and ensuring the most marginalised benefit from social protection programmes.

The other members of the panel were Steven Myers, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action on Prince Edward Island; Kerryne James, Grenada’s Minister for Climate Resilience, the Environment and Renewable Energy, and James Ellsmoor, Chief Executive Officer of Island Innovation.


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