Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne is today leading Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation to a week of summits, conferences, and bilateral engagements at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Prime Minister Browne, who is accompanied by Health, Wellness and Environment Minister, the Hon. Molwyn Joseph; Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade Minister, the Hon. E. P. Chet Greene; and Housing, Land and Urban Renewal Minister, the Hon. Maria Browne; will speak at a number of Summits and Chair two Hi-Level Dialogues on the SAMOA Pathway and De-Risking.
On September 27, Prime Minister Browne will moderate a fireside chat on the five years of implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, which emanated from the 2014 International Conference on Small Island Developing States, calling for the adoption of SIDS Accelerated Modalities for Action. It also established a unique intergovernmental SIDS Partnership Framework, designed to monitor progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sids/samoareview )
The discussion, led by Prime Minister Browne, will provide inputs for the pursuant interactive dialogue, during which speakers will identify the gaps and challenges to implementation, and the processes by which these have been mitigated. The discussion will include the Hon. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of Commonwealth and the United Nations for the United Kingdom; Her Excellency Ms. Evelyne Wever-Croes, Prime Minister of Aruba and Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Disaster Risk Reduction.
While in New York, Prime Minister Browne will also be one of the main speakers and Chair a High-Level Dialogue for Heads of States and Government, Ministers of Finance and private sector leaders on De-risking and Correspondent Banking. This dialogue is in collaboration with the Governments of Botswana, Canada, Ireland, Kenya and Samoa, together with the International Chamber of Commerce.