UNESCO-Aruba with more cooperation between the National Commissions within the Dutch Kingdom

ORANJESTAD - 2023 started dynamic and fruitful for Aruba's National UNESCO Commissions.

Since 2010, Curacao and Sint Maarten. are associated members of UNESCO, with Aruba since 1987. After the formalization of the secretariat for UNESCO-Aruba in 2020, UNESCO Aruba now has, for the first time, specialists to coordinate the international UNESCO programs. Since 2019, Aruba once more resorts to the sub-regional office of UNESCO in Kingston. It means that all three associated members of UNESCO of the Kingdom of the Netherlands can work closer on all work areas of UNESCO executed in the Caribbean region.

In February 2023, Mrs. Anna Paolini, director of UNESCO-Kingston visited Aruba and met the Minister of Finance and Culture, Mrs. Xiomara Maduro, the president of the national commission in Aruba.

They discussed a variety of subjects and agreed to intensify the cooperation between the Kingston office, the secretariats of each country in the region, and the permanent representative of the Dutch Kingdom located in Paris. In connection with the cooperation within the Dutch Kingdom, the Secretary Generals meet structurally every two months.

The meeting in February took place in The Hague, where the culture specialist of UNESCO Aruba, Mrs. Ruby Eckmeyer represented Mrs. Marushka Tromp, the current Secretary General for Aruba.

In response to the agreement for cooperation intensification   between the different UNESCO organs, two UNESCO Paris representatives were in Aruba from March 6 to March 8. The UNESCO Paris representatives were Mrs. Moninque van Daalen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UNESCO, and Mrs. Carlien Schrijvershof, Deputy Permanent Delegate for UNESCO Paris.

It is the first time the National Commission of Aruba welcomed the Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom from Paris.

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