St. Maarten Government continues focus on international cooperation

POSTED: 04/12/12 12:37 PM

GREAT BAY – The Government of St. Maarten is stepping its presence internationally, having submitted the country’s statement to the Kingdom government for inclusion in the Universal Periodic Review, which looks at the implementation of human rights commitments. The government is also preparing to attend the United Nations conference on sustainable development “Rio+20” that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 19 to June 23.


The Universal Periodic Review is a compilation of reports from United Nations member states on their actions to improve their human rights records and how to overcome any challenges. The report also gives member states a chance to highlight best and innovative practices. This is the first time that St. Maarten is included in the report and the government has chosen to highlight passage of the law on “declaration of paternity”, the establishment of the Constitutional Court and the Office of the Ombudsman, the work being done under the Integrated Neighborhood Development Program and the implementation of compulsory education.

Rio meeting

Though Wescot-Williams will lead the country’s delegation to Rio, the Kingdom delegation will be led by Prime Minister of Curacao Gerrit Schotte. Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman is also expected to lead a delegation from that country to the meeting.

The website for the summit reveals that jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans and disasters are the seven key issues that will be up for discussion.

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