THE HAGUE:--- On June 16th the Minister Plenipotentiary, Henrietta Doran-York, met with the Head of the Taskforce for the United Nations Security Council, Ms. Marriët Schuurman.
In their meeting, discussions centered around the very important subject of the preparations for the year 2018, in which the Kingdom of the Netherlands will hold a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Minister Doran-York, expressed to the Taskforce, that the Caribbean of the Dutch Kingdom, should be better represented and more visible during this tenure, as that is not so much the case at this moment.
The Minister also put great emphasis on the topic of climate and security, especially where it pertains to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
In the near future, the effect that climate change has on policy making in the area of security and conflict prevention will only be enhanced, the Minister stated.
Taskforce Head Mrs. Schuurman agreed with the concerns of Minister Doran-York on behalf of Sint Maarten, and also said to be looking forward towards a closer cooperation with all relevant authorities on St Maarten, in order to assure a successful tenure for all parties involved.
Minister Plenipotentiary Doran-York deemed the meeting to have been very informative and stated that both parties had the opportunity to exchange ideas in areas of increased cooperation.