Commonwealth Secretary-General to Advocate for Small States at UN SIDS4 Conference in Antigua and Barbuda

24 May 2024
Press release

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, will be in Antigua and Barbuda next week for the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4). The conference, taking place from 27-30 May 2024, aims to establish a bold new programme of action to support the sustainability and resilience of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) over the next decade.

A delegation of experts led by Secretary-General Scotland will advocate for the interests of the Commonwealth’s 33 Small States, 25 of which are SIDS. They aim to amplify the concerns and needs of these nations, particularly SIDS, by addressing critical challenges such as the climate crisis, access to climate finance, biodiversity loss, and spiralling debt through practical and impactful solutions.

“The Commonwealth stands in solidarity with our Small States, and at SIDS4, we are committed to championing their needs. The path forward requires collective action, innovative solutions, and a shared commitment to reform. The Commonwealth is poised to lead this charge, leveraging our unique position to advocate for the needs of our small states on the global stage,” said Secretary-General Scotland.

The Secretary-General will deliver a plenary speech during the SIDS4 conference, and the Commonwealth team will actively participate in various events, including the SIDS Global Children and Youth Action Summit and the SIDS Global Business Network Forum

Highlights of the Secretary-General's speaking engagements include:

  • Tuesday, 28 May, 12:00-13:30 (Antigua and Barbuda time): Side event on ‘Harnessing Digital Economy in Asia and Pacific
  • Tuesday, 28 May, 14:00-15:30 (Antigua and Barbuda time): Side event onBy the SIDS, for the SIDS: Next Decade of Action on NCDs and Mental Health
  • Wednesday, 29 May, 10:00-11:30 (Antigua and Barbuda time): Side event onBuilding Resilient Economies for a Common Future
  • Thursday, 30 May, 11:00-13:00 (Antigua and Barbuda time): Interactive Dialogue on 'Investing in Human Capital: Addressing Health Crises in Small Island Developing States and Building the Potential of Youth in Small Island Developing States

To see the full list of the Commonwealth delegation’s activities, visit our regularly updated webpage featuring press releases, expert blogs, side event details and relevant news.

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