Planning & Development Minister Pennelope Beckles asserts rights of small islands to UN and world leaders at SIDS4

Planning and Development Minister, the Honourable Pennelope Beckles and T&T’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, HE Dennis Francis at the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States or SIDS4 in St. John’s Antigua.

May 29, 2024: “On this important occasion, we acknowledge our individual minuteness, but at the same time, we vociferously acclaim our collective might.” From Trinidad and Tobago’s Country Statement presented by the Honourable Pennelope Beckles, Minister of Planning and Development, Trinidad and Tobago.

Planning and Development Minister Pennelope Beckles addressed Heads of State and Government from the United Nations’ thirty-nine member states and eighteen associate members as well as representatives of UN Agencies and Civil society organisations from around the world at SIDS4 in Antigua and Barbuda.

Minister Beckles is Trinidad and Tobago’s Head of Delegation at the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4), which aims at assessing the ability of small island developing states (SIDS) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as other threats to small islands including socio-economic challenges and environmental pressures such as climate change, biodiversity loss and natural disasters to name a few.

  1. and Tobago’s representation is important in ensuring our voice is heard with other small island developing states with regard to addressing existing, new and emerging threats to small islands. The other members of the delegation representing Trinidad and Tobago are from the Ministry of Planning and Development, Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean and the President of the Trinidad Youth Council and Delegate on the Commonwealth Youth Council, Mr. Shane John.

As Head of Delegation, Minister Beckles will speak to the Assembly on the following three key areas and more:

  • Revitalising SIDS economies for accelerated and sustainable growth;
  • Making Climate Finance work for SIDS; and
  • Leveraging data and digital technologies and building effective institutions for a resilient future in SIDS.