Premier Mark Brantley remembers his address at United Nations General Assembly in 2017

Mark Brantley said that during his services of seven years as Foreign Minister, he got the chance to address the UNGA in 2017, where he represented his country and talked about several aspects.

Premier Mark Brantley remembers his address at United Nations General Assembly in 2017
Premier Mark Brantley remembers his address at United Nations General Assembly in 2017

Nevis: Premier of Nevis and Leader of Concerned Citizens Movement Mark Brantley outlines his address at the United Nations General Assembly in 2017 when he was in the position of Foreign Minister of St Kitts and Nevis. 

Mark Brantley said that during his services of seven years as Foreign Minister, he got the chance to address the UNGA in 2017, where he represented his country and talked about several aspects.

Here is the full statement of Premier Mark Brantley.  

In 7 years as Foreign Minister, I was given my one and only chance to address the United Nations General Assembly in 2017. It came by default as the PM did not travel, and I was told that the Ambassador should deliver the national statement. I refused since I was in New York as Foreign Minister and that’s how I came to deliver the statement that year.

This is the biggest stage in the world, and I shall always cherish the fact that a boy born in a 2 room chattel house on four stones in Henley Part could walk on to the world’s biggest stage and deliver for the people of St Kitts and Nevis.

Our people elected us to represent them to the best of our ability not for us to dim our light so that other’s light could appear brighter.

Nevisians we are from a small island but never ever let anyone diminish us or our ability.

This is what real representation looks like.

As Foreign Minister of our beloved country, I was sought out for interviews and engagements globally. That spoke eloquently to the high regard that the world has for St Kitts and Nevis and also for the standing of our Foreign Ministry that we were sought after to share views with a global audience as to the issues impacting our world.

Whilst in New York for the UN General Assembly 2021, I was not allowed to speak in the UN General Assembly Hall on behalf of St Kitts and Nevis as Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris preferred to do our national statement via video from Basseterre to an empty UNGA hall on a Friday night. I confess that not even I remember what he said.

Notwithstanding the ongoing petty efforts to undermine me as Foreign Minister, I was invited to speak to a global audience on the immensely popular Gravitas on WION with host Palki Sharma and took the message of St Kitts and Nevis to the world. Reflect with me that I did not seek out Gravitas. Gravitas reached out to me.

It therefore meant that the smallest country in the Hemisphere was specifically asked to go on to this global stage to represent itself, our Caribbean region and small developing states globally. Once again we were the voice of our region.

This my brothers and sisters is what real representation looks like. God bless St Kitts and Nevis.