CARICOM grappling with challenges posed by misguided youth: St. Kitts and Nevis

Sam Condor

In today's global community, the international community must rely heavily on collective actions and solid partnerships, if States are to overcome the many common challenges they face.

So says St.Kitts-Nevis' Foreign Minister Sam Condor.

He told the General Assembly's 66th session that among these challenges are the misguided or ill-considered choices that are made by too many of the Youth in the Caribbean.

Sam Condor:  A critical and defining aspect of my country's future, and indeed a prospect that would largely define tomorrow's world, is our youth. It is therefore worthy of my mention that youth violence has attained epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. We appreciate that youth violence is invariably symptomatic of deeper individual, community and societal issues; and that a multi-sectoral, integrated approach is required, in redressing this problem. At the national and regional levels, Caricom States are actively grappling with this challenge and we are pleased to have participated in the discussions on this topic, at the recent UN High-level meeting. There is need however, to reinforce that there is a role for relevant UN agencies in supporting our efforts at reversing this bothersome trend of youth violence, with its implications for many critical sectors, inclusive of security, health and development. Accordingly, we would be heightening our engagement with WHO, UNHABITAT, UNICEF and other relevant UN and international development agencies in this endeavour.

NAR: Foreign Minister Sam Condor noted that in June next year, all eyes will be on Rio's deliberations aimed at achieving convergence on the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development. He said that securing a political commitment is the critical factor for success throughout the Rio+20 process and beyond, adding that St. Kitts – Nevis is one of the small island developing States (SIDS)referred to in Agenda 21.

Sam Condor: Throughout the last 20 years, the international community has made tremendous strides in addressing SIDS challenges to sustainable development. Regrettably, man an encouraging step forward, has been offset by painful setbacks. The effect of climate change is a bane that is felt on a daily basis in St. Kitts-Nevis, as in other islands. The question is no longer "if", and "how"; but rather when and "by how much" we will be affected. We need desperately to upgrade pre-emptive measures to counter the imminent threat of climate change. A defined strategy to aggressively promote climate financing is highly recommended. This is going to be vital, if our countries are to successfully address the effects of climate change, without tapping into already limited and depleted resources. My delegation encourages other Member States to join the call for the full implementation of climate financing.

NAR: Foreign minister Sam Condor concluded that as part of the global community and problems that permeate the tightly woven fabric, invariably spread to affect all in some way or another.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 3’53″

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