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‘Put people first’ in drive to realize Sustainable Development Goals

February 06, 2023 No comments

‘Put people first’ in drive to realize Sustainable Development Goals

INTERNATIONAL, 6 February 2023, SDGs - Addressing the opening of the Commission for Social Development’s latest session, the president of the UN Economic and Social Council on Monday said it was imperative to put people first, if the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be realized by the 2030 deadline. “Putting people first means we must create opportunities for young people to accumulate knowledge and skills relevant for the labour market through education, training, and early work experience,” Lachezara Stoeva said. The current dim projections for global economic growth simply require it. Amid multiple global interconnected crises, advancing efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development hinges on giving people the tools needed to build resilient societies and economies. Opening the Commission’s sixty-first session, she outlined how best...

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UN human rights chief calls on Mali to reverse ‘regrettable’ expulsion order

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UN human rights chief calls on Mali to reverse ‘regrettable’ expulsion order

INTERNATIONAL, 6 February 2023, Human Rights - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday called on Malian authorities to rescind their expulsion order for his top representative in the country. “I deeply regret the decision by the Malian authorities to declare my representative, Guillaume Ngefa, as persona non grata and to order him to leave the country in 48 hours,” Volker Türk said. Mr. Ngefa, Director of the Human Rights Division of the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and Representative of the High Commissioner in Mali, had been declared persona non grata in an announcement Malian authorities made on Sunday. Mr. Ngefa was already outside Mali when the decision was announced. MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko Guillaume Ngefa, Director of the Human Rights Division at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization...

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China: Tibetan children forced to assimilate, independent rights experts fear

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China: Tibetan children forced to assimilate, independent rights experts fear

INTERNATIONAL, 6 February 2023, Human Rights - Roughly one million Tibetan minority children in China have been separated from their families and placed into Government-run boarding schools, forcing their assimilation into the dominant culture, three independent UN human rights experts said on Monday.  “We are very disturbed that in recent years the residential school system for Tibetan children appears to act as a mandatory large-scale programme intended to assimilate Tibetans into majority Han culture, contrary to international human rights standards,” they said in a statement.  Erosion of identity  Residential schools provide educational content and an environment centred around Han culture, according to the independent experts: Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues; Farida Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the right to education, and Alexandra Xanthaki, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural...

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‘Act decisively before it is too late’, Guterres warns countries, laying out his priorities for 2023

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‘Act decisively before it is too late’, Guterres warns countries, laying out his priorities for 2023

INTERNATIONAL, 6 February 2023, UN Affairs - Time is running out as the world inches closer to meltdown and countries must change course before it is too late, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, presenting his priorities for the year.  Addressing the General Assembly in New York, he appealed for urgent action now to achieve peace, economic rights and development, climate action, respect for diversity, and inclusive societies – both today and for generations to come. Before unfolding his 2023 roadmap, the Secretary-General extended condolences to the families of the victims of the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, adding that the UN is mobilizing to support the response.  Rights-based approach  Mr. Guterres stressed the need for transformation this year, grounded in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration...

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Around 4.2 million girls at risk for Female Genital Mutilation says Guterres, stressing men must also speak out

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Around 4.2 million girls at risk for Female Genital Mutilation says Guterres, stressing men must also speak out

INTERNATIONAL, 6 February 2023, Women - Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, is an “abhorrent violation of fundamental human rights” said the UN Secretary-General on Monday, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance against the scourge, which remains a threat for a staggering 4.2 million girls this year.  António Guterres said that the practice of genital cutting, prevalent in some cultures for more than a thousand years, causes lifelong damage to both the physical and mental health of women and girls. 'Vicious manifestation of the patriarchy' “It is one of the most vicious manifestations of the patriarchy that permeates our world”, he added. With more than four million girls at risk this year alone from the pernicious act of gender-based violence, urgent investment together with action is needed, so the world can reach the Sustainable...

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DCNA: The Kingdom must unite us, not divide us

DCNA: The Kingdom must unite us, not divide us

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) chairman, Hellen...

February 06, 2023 No comments

SCDF, Omni partner to put steel pan back on the road

SCDF, Omni partner to put steel pan back on the…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation...

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Two suspects apprehended after second cross-border car chase

Two suspects apprehended after second cross-border car chase

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - For the second time in...

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Minister Lambriex and SHTA discuss collaboration on projects pertaining to destination beautification

Minister Lambriex and SHTA discuss collaboration on projects pertaining to…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a two-hour introduction session, new...

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It’s a Wrap! A Look Back at the Wet and Wild 5th Edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally

February 06, 2023

It’s a Wrap! A Look Back at the Wet and Wild 5th Edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - With a record-setting number of participants and a whole new element ad...

Ordained for This! A new Book by Nerissa Golden Makes Amazon’s Best Sellers List

February 06, 2023

Ordained for This! A new Book by Nerissa Golden Makes Amazon’s Best Sellers List

SINT MAARTEN/MONTSERRAT - Ordained for This!, a new inspirational book by author and entrepreneur Ne...

Beyond Kultura Kicks off “Chella & The Weird Woman” Video Storybook

February 06, 2023

Beyond Kultura Kicks off “Chella & The Weird Woman” Video Storybook

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Beyond Kultura Events (BKE) Foundation, TVCARIB, Divergences (Tashira R...

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School is Open on Tuesday

February 06, 2023 No comments

School is Open on Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Hon. Rodolphe Samuel, issued the following statement on Monday with respect to schools being open on Tuesday, Febr...

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Recognize Caribbean nature in one click with ObsIdentify

February 06, 2023 No comments

Recognize Caribbean nature in one click with ObsIdentify

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - Have you ever wondered what kind of species you are seeing around you? A beautiful lizard, flower, or sea turtle? You can now easily check by taking a photo with your smartphone...

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Support mounts for Dutch author who received online death threats

February 06, 2023 No comments

Support mounts for Dutch author who received online death threats

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Support is mounting for Dutch author Pim Lammers, who pulled out of writing a poem for this year’s children’s books promotion event Kinderboekenweek after receiving onli...

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Netherlands sends rescue team to Turkey in aftermath of 7.8 quake

February 06, 2023 No comments

Netherlands sends rescue team to Turkey in aftermath of 7.8 quake

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is sending its specialist search and rescue team to Turkey to help emergency services dealing with the aftermath of the severe earthquake at the weekend....

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DP ROLLS OUT ITS PLANS FOR THE COMING SIX MONTHS. FIRST UP IS A FAMILY FUN DAY

February 05, 2023

DP ROLLS OUT ITS PLANS FOR THE COMING SIX MONTHS. FIRST UP IS A FAMILY FUN DAY

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - With its interim board in place and this board’s first meeting held on ...

Rally Ho! CMC V Cruising Rally to Anguilla Highlights Busy Day 2

February 05, 2023

Rally Ho! CMC V Cruising Rally to Anguilla Highlights Busy Day 2

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - It’s a tale of two separate events, with different vibes and energy, ha...

Meda discovers “disgrace” at Marigot Hill

February 05, 2023

Meda discovers “disgrace” at Marigot Hill

SINT MAARTEN (MARIGOT HILL) - Democratic Party (DP) Candidate Armand Meda's campaign support team vi...

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SXMNBA Participates in 3x3 Basketball Weekend on Statia

February 06, 2023

SXMNBA Participates in 3x3 Basketball Weekend on Statia

SINT MAARTEN/SINT EUSTATIUS - The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) would like to...

Dutch Basketball Federation pays second visit to Saba

February 06, 2023

Dutch Basketball Federation pays second visit to Saba

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Dutch Basketball Federation (NBB) last week visited Saba for the second year...

Tourism Offices Dutch & French working together for stronger Impact

February 05, 2023

Tourism Offices Dutch & French working together for stronger Impact

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The marketing teams of the Tourist Office of Saint-Martin and St. Maart...

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Army barracks in Drenthe to stay open after cabinet bows to lobbying

February 06, 2023 No comments

Army barracks in Drenthe to stay open after cabinet bows to lobbying

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The government has scrapped plans to close the Johan Willem Friso army barracks in Assen after intense lobbying in Drenthe to keep the facility open. The closure of the...

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Expats, foreign students – your photos are in a massive police database

February 06, 2023 No comments

Expats, foreign students – your photos are in a massive police database

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Passport photos which foreigners from outside the EU have to supply to the immigration service are automatically included in a massive police database without their know...

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Robbie's Lottery Results for Monday, February 6, 2023

February 06, 2023 No comments

Robbie's Lottery Results for Monday, February 6, 2023

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Winning...It's easy! Every day is a new chance to win. Various lottery games, cash prices, numerous retailers located all over Curaçao and great winning probabilities. Ro...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

February 06, 2023 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, February 06, 2023 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) February 07, 2023  …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN E...

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