Ombudsman to seek membership in international grouping

POSTED: 06/17/11 2:19 PM

St. Maarten – The Ombudsman of St. Maarten Dr. Nilda Lynch-Arduin will begin the process for St. Maarten to become member of the International Ombudsman Institute (I.O.I) upon her return from a three country tour that began in Austria. The Ombudsman has also made a working visit to the Netherlands and is currently in Curacao to speak at a conference of Ombudsmen themed “The Duty of Confidentiality, the Core of Trust.”

The discussions with IOI’s Secretary General Dr. Peter Kostelka for St. Maarten to join the IOI took place on the sidelines of a Sharpen Your Teeth training held in Vienna. The organization represents 140 ombudsmen in 75 different countries, some of whom Lynch-Arduin was able to make connections with to build the island’s international network.

“I left Vienna with raised awareness regarding the task, powers and tools available to the Ombudsman to execute the job,” the Ombudsman said.

The visit to the Netherlands included a meeting with the the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands Dr. A.F. M. Brenninkmeijer and Dr. Ulco van der Pol, Ombudsman of the Municipality of Amsterdam and surroundings. These meetings were labeled “very successful” and led to commitments to organizing exchange of knowledge, training and internship, consultation and assistance with literature and other material. Lynch-Arduin was also introduced to other local Ombudsmen, and learned about the “growing pains” of the newly established Child Ombudsman during a visit to the Dutch capital city – Amsterdam.


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