St. Maarten Prime Minister in New York for UN General Assembly

POSTED: 09/20/11 12:12 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Wiliams arrived in New York Monday evening for the United Nations (UN) 66th General Assembly, which will run from September 19 to September 24. The Prime Minister flew from Curacao where she’d attended Monday’s final meeting with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten on the IMF’s Article IV Consultation.

Wescot-Williams will be joined by Minister of Health, Social Development and Labour Cornelius De Weever and support staff. De Weever is also attending because of a session on Non Communicable Diseases (NCD). The general session is focused on matters of strategic importance, while the meetings on Non-Communicable diseases will focus on improving advocacy and recognition of the burden Non-Communicable Disease place on national and global organizations. There will also be focus on placing greater attention on national planning, resource allocation, sourcing more long-term investment from donors and placing greater emphasis on strengthening health systems for a more horizontal response to broader disease burdens.

Representatives from all four countries in the Kingdom – The Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten will be present at the meeting. The official delegation leader is Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Uri Rosenthal. He will be supported Prime Minister Wescot-Williams, Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman.
Next to the conference sessions Prime Minister Wescot-Williams has requested meetings with Dominica, Dominican Republic and the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis.

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