ORANJESTAD – A parliamentary delegation from each country in the Dutch Kingdom participated in an interparliamentary consultation (IPKO) in Aruba. This consultation took place on Tuesday, January 9 through Thursday, January 11.
During the IPKO, discussions were held about the consequences for the islands of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba of Hurricane Irma. The three-day consultation was concluded with the signing of the final statement.
During the IPKO, delegations from the parliaments of each country, under the chairmanship of the President of the Aruban Parliament Ady Thijsen discussed important issues that concern all parts of the Kingdom. The central themes for this IPKO were sustainability and climate.
On Tuesday, among other things, a presentation about the consequences of hurricane Irma was on the agenda. The situation in St. Maarten was discussed after this devastating hurricane crossed the islands in September 2017. In addition, attention was paid to the political situation in Venezuela and the possible consequences for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.
Wednesday was dominated by the Sustainable Development Goals. These are a set of objectives for future sustainable development based on international cooperation. They have been drawn up by the United Nations and are regarded as the global goals for sustainable development. The state of affairs of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten were discussed followed by a working visit to an institution in the field of energy.