AOSIS Fellowship welcomes Antigua and Barbuda’s Carlon Knight for 2024 programme

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The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is delighted to announce the acceptance of Carlon Knight from Antigua & Barbuda into the AOSIS Fellowship Programme for 2024.

Dr Fatumanava-o-Upolu III Pa’olelei Luteru of Samoa, Chair of AOSIS, expressed satisfaction in selecting Knight among a pool of highly qualified candidates, forming an exceptional group of Fellows.

The Fellowship Programme, scheduled to commence in New York on March 4, and conclude on December 31, will bring together aspiring leaders from small island nations to engage in diplomatic initiatives and global affairs.

With the programme’s start imminent, the selected Fellows, including Knight, have been urged to contact their respective Permanent Missions in New York to facilitate the acquisition of a US G1 visa sponsored by their governments. AOSIS has facilitated round-trip airfare and a settling-in allowance for each Fellow.

The AOSIS Fellowship Director encourages Fellows to arrive a few days early to secure accommodation. Two crucial documents, a concept note outlining programme details and frequently asked questions, have been provided to assist the Fellows during their preparations. It is emphasized that each Fellow’s Mission in New York will be responsible for their US visa and UN accreditation.

Carlon Knight, a distinguished diplomat from Antigua and Barbuda, brings a wealth of experience to the Fellowship. Having joined the Foreign Service in 2014, he has held notable positions, including Political and Economic Attache at the High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda in London. His academic achievements include a master’s in International Public Management and Policy from Erasmus University, a certificate in Public Policy Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance from the Chartered Banker Institute in London.

Knight, expressing his gratitude, said, “It is a tremendous privilege to have been selected as part of such an accomplished group of talented young diplomats from Small Island States around the world.” He highlighted his commitment to continuing his specialization in sustainable and climate finance, aligning with his passions for finance, international relations, and economics.

Outside of diplomacy, Knight has been a prominent figure in public discourse, contributing as a columnist in several newspapers and participating as a socio-economic and political analyst on various media platforms.

In response to his selection, Knight stated, “I am deeply grateful to the committee for selecting me, as well as to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Antigua and Barbuda’s Mission to the UN for nominating me. I will do my best to represent the country and fly our flag high.”

For further information about the AOSIS Fellowship Programme and to learn about current and former Fellows, please visit AOSIS Fellowship Director remains available for any inquiries about the programme.

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