Prime Minister commits to bettering human condition and quality of life

POSTED: 10/17/11 11:41 AM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reaffirmed the country’s commitment to “the betterment of the human condition and the quality of life of all our people” during Sunday’s World Food Day Exhibition at the University of St. Martin (USM). Her statement came a day ahead of today’s commemoration of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme of the 2011 observance is “From Poverty to Sustainability: People at the Centre of Inclusive Development.”
“October 17 presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. St. Maarten has subscribed to the Millennium Development Goals and is working diligently to meet these goals by 2015. It is indeed a challenge, but the Integrated Neighbourhood Development Program (INDP) is a project that will benefit the districts in a positive and sustainable manner,” Wescot-Williams said.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first observed in 1993 as a means to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries, a need that has become a development priority. At the millennium summit world leaders committed themselves to halving the number of people living in extreme poverty (on less than one dollar per day) by 2015. That commitment is one of eight goals that St. Maarten has also joined in working on when it became a country on October 10, 2010. The first MDG report has given an indication of the progress thus far, highlighted the challenges for compliance and laid out the strategic policy interventions so the island can meet the goals.

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