(CabinetNotes)The Prime Minister gave a report on his recent travel to the United Nations and the many achievements which his team was able to negotiate. His General Assembly statement was very well received, he reported; he addressed the issue of global climate change, and insisted on several approaches that would cause the developed nations to bear the cost of “loss and damage.”
The Prime Minister also addressed the issue of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Global Conference, to be hosted by Antigua and Barbuda next year May 2024. He successfully received pledges of resources to go towards the conduct of the SIDS Conference. More than 2,000 delegates are expected to visit Antigua over the 5 days of the Conference. A cruise vessel may supplement the hotel rooms that will be made available.
The Prime Minister also reported that a CARICOM/Canada Summit will take place next month. Closer relations with Canada are being developed, especially after the Canadians moved to institute a visa requirement for all persons visiting the country (with a 1,000 mile border with the USA).