St. Maarten Government submits child rights report

POSTED: 05/31/12 12:44 PM

GREAT BAY – The Government of St. Maarten has approved and submitted the country’s first report on implementation of the United Nations charter on the rights of the child. These reports are made every five years. The last one was made in 2007 when the island was still part of the Netherlands Antilles. St. Maarten’s contribution will be part of the wider report submitted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Wescot-Williams also confirmed again on Wednesday that she will be leading St. Maarten’s delegation to the Rio+20 summit from June 18 to June 23. The summit in Brazil is a major conference on sustainable development that is organized by the United Nations.

The government has also recently received word that the Head of the Security Service James Richardson has been nominated to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program, which is run by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs within the United States Department of State. If the nomination is approved, James will participate in the program in 2013.

According to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams the program is aimed at providing young professionals from different countries with information on international security, foreign policy analysis and global security issues.

“We were quite pleased to learn of that nomination. It is a program that many countries submit nominees for and to get the exposure of this program,” Wescot-Williams said.

 

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