St Kitts and Nevis landscape

St Kitts and Nevis : History

St Kitts and Nevis is a two-island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Both islands were formed by volcanic activity and are mountainous. St Kitts is a fertile island with mainly black sandy beaches. Nevis is surrounded by coral reefs and has silver beaches. 

Key facts

  • Region: Caribbean and Americas
  • Population: 52,000 (2018) 
  • Area: St Kitts: 176 square kilometres, Nevis: 93 square kilometres 
  • Capital: Basseterre 
  • Joined Commonwealth: 1983, following independence from Britain 

Secretariat support for St Kitts and Nevis 

Elections 

The Secretariat worked with the government of St Kitts and Nevis to research women’s involvement in politics. In April 2018, a report, Women and Political Parties in Five Small States of the Commonwealth Caribbean was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. 

Peace and security 

In June 2019, the Secretariat worked with St Kitts and Nevis to involve women and young people in working with local communities on violent crime and male violence against women and girls.

Human rights 

The Commonwealth Small States Office helped St Kitts and Nevis with reporting on human rights under the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. 

Youth 

In 2017-18, the Secretariat helped senior officials from St Kitts and Nevis build skills to set up a new National Youth Policy. 

Debt management 

The Secretariat helped St Kitts and Nevis government build skills and knowledge to switch to Meridian, the new version of the Commonwealth’s debt management system.

Blue Charter

St Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Marine Protected Areas and Sustainable Blue Economy Action Groups.

Connectivity Agenda

St Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Regulatory and Supply Side Connectivity clusters of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.

St Kitts and Nevis in the Commonwealth 

Celebrated author Caryl Phillips, born in St Kitts in March 1958, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2004 with his book, A Distant Shore. 

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