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Carlisle Richardson

Carlisle Richardson

Carlisle Richardson is a former Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations, and a former Economic Affairs Officer of the United Nations. He was one of the organisers of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) as well as of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States. He was Ambassador when the international community adopted the Sustainable Development Goals and prepared for the Paris Climate Change Agreement. He is also the author of the book, “Island Journeys: The Impact of the Island Way of Life at Home and Abroad” (www.islandjourneysbook.com).

Carlisle has a BSc in Economics and History from the University of the West Indies and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from UWI’s Institute of International Relations.

Carlisle Richardson

Carlisle Richardson was born in St. Kitts and Nevis and completed primary and secondary education there. He studied Economics and History at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), graduating with a BSc (Hons). He then studied at UWI’s Institute of International Relations at the St. Augustine campus, graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations.

Carlisle joined the Foreign Service of St. Kitts and Nevis in 1999, and after two years, was posted to the Permanent Mission of St Kitts and Nevisto the United Nations. While in New York,Carlisle collaborated with the other Permanent Missions of the CARICOM Member States to promote issues of critical importance to the Caribbean, including the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, Financing for Development, addressing Climate Change, Health and Non Communicable Diseases, the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and support to non self governing territories.

In 2007, on the first commemoration of the Abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Carlisle drafted the statement to the UN General Assembly that St Kitts and Nevis delivered on behalf of CARICOM, which led to the eventual establishment of its Permanent Memorialat the United Nations in New York. He also successfully promoted the candidature of Judge Lloyd George Williams to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2003, and drafted the negotiating text that ultimately led to the Convening of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases in 2011.

Carlisle joined the United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development in 2011 to work on the organization of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

In 2015, Carlisle returned to the Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the UN as Ambassador, leading his country's engagement in the global community's adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, and preparation for the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

He currently lives in Australia, and is working on an initiative to bring additional sustainable development opportunities to the Caribbean.

Carlisle also holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and is the author of the book, “Island Journeys: The Impact of the Island Way of Life at Home and Abroad.”

Carlisle has credited the University of the West Indies with shaping his worldview and preparing him for his career.

“Much of what I learned at UWI, whether in Economics, History, or International Relations prepared me for my career in the Foreign Service. There were many occasions either in negotiations or through general interaction, that I would hearken back to the advice, analysis, and examples that had been provided by my lecturers. It enabled me to have a much deeper understanding of the different perspectives being presented, while ensuring that the Caribbean position was well represented as well.”

Carlisle also credits UWI for strengthening his Caribbean identity.

“In addition to the academic courses, UWI, for me, was my first real opportunity to interact with other Caribbean nationals. I was able to appreciate my Caribbean-ness through our collective culture and shared history, much more than if I had not attended UWI. Today, when I meet other West Indians, an instant connection and understanding is there. I know it was my UWI experience that made this Caribbean identity even stronger within me.”


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