Prime Minister to deliver MDG lecture on Monday

POSTED: 09/29/11 2:03 PM

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin (USM)  will launch its Fall 2011 Lecture Series- Millennium Development Goals and St Maarten: A Look at Goal 1: Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty  with a lecture by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, on Monday October 3, 2011 at the USM Campus at 7:00 p.m. sharp. This is first lecture of the planned five (5) lectures of the Fall Lecture Series, and the entire general public is invited to attend and participate in this important step towards eradicating Hunger and Poverty on St. Maarten.

The Prime Minister’s lecture, entitled “Is St. Maarten on track to achieve MDGs by 2015?”, will explain the importance of Millennium Development goals (MDGS) in the international/regional context, the relevance of MDGs to St. Maarten, touch on issues highlighted in St. Maarten’s MDG report, the progress St. Maarten has made in relation to the MDGs, the challenges encountered in achieving these goals as well as a general look at goal one. By giving this broad picture of MDGs the lecture will set the basis for the planned subsequent lectures of the series that will squarely focus on MDG goal one.

Earlier this year, the Government of St. Maarten reaffirmed its commitment to achieve the eight internationally-agreed goals aimed to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, diseases, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015. In February 2011, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) presented the MDG report for Curacao and St. Maarten to the Government of St. Maarten with the intention of using this report as a basis for country’s National Development Plan.

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