St. Maarten participates in autism conference

POSTED: 10/2/11 11:46 PM

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s delegation to the 66th United Nations General Assembly in New York was able to pick up some of the latest information on autism. A world conference on the mental condition was held on the sidelines of the broader meeting. The ideas and situation as put forward at the conference were then re-enforced by a visit to a school for autistic children.

St. Maarten’s delegation also attended the Clinton initiative event, which was held on the sidelines of the broader gathering.

The actual assembly, which was opened by United States President Barack Obama, allows countries to put forward their position on key international issues. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams came away feeling that the most anticipated presentations were those of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian leader submitted a petition for recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

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