Press release

Minister Sylvestre Radegonde meets with Heads of State and Government on the sidelines of the SIDS Conference

May 29, 2024

Minister Sylvestre Radegonde joined Heads of Government and Heads of Delegation from Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the sidelines of the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. This meeting provided an opportunity to meet with Mukhtar Babayev, President of COP29 and Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, to discuss SIDS-related matters within the COP framework. The Commonwealth Secretary-General co-chaired the meeting.

Minister Radegonde highlighted the importance of building sustainable growth and achieving climate resilience, stressing the need for developed countries to reduce their emissions and increase investments in countries vulnerable to the climate crisis. He emphasized that scaling up climate finance for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries, particularly SIDS, is essential.

Minister Radegonde was accompanied by Mr. Herve Pool, Second Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Department.