PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday, October 25th, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Leona Romeo-Marlin will be hosting the Caribbean OCT’s Resilience Summit on Sint Maarten, which will be attended by political leaders of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) as well as high level representatives of the European Commission, Regional Organizations and invited guests.
The Summit is being held to commemorate the signing of a financing agreement between the Caribbean OCTs and the European Commission and will be the start of a Program on Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity in our region.
The Summit evolves around the topics Unite, Prepare and Adapt, which will be presented by knowledgeable speakers and followed by panel discussions with experts in field such as Regional Cooperation, Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness and Resilience. These topics will focus on the future of the Caribbean region. A future in which our youth will have a key role. Therefore, we invite pre-exam students to share their vision on Resilience with us in the form of an essay.
Prime Minister Romeo Marlin believes in our youth and is convinced that this is where innovative solutions can start. Therefore, the Prime Minister is eager to receive the input of our youth on how we, as a unified Caribbean, can strengthen our future in relation to the effects of climate change.
By participating in this writing contest the winner will be granted the opportunity to be part of the OCT Resilience Summit on October 25th. The winner will participate as a panel member on the topic “Adapt”. The winner will also have an opportunity to share their ideas with important stakeholders such as all Governments of the Caribbean OCTs, the European Commission and regional organizations.
Persons who enter the essay contest will be judged by Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Leona Romeo-Marlin, and Jolita Butkeviciene, the Director of the Directorate General for Development Coordination Latin America and the Caribbean at the European Commission. The rules and guidelines of the essay contest are available on Facebook/Caribbean OCT’s Resilience Summit & Facebook/SXMGOV.
Prime Minister Romeo Marlin encourages the youth of Sint Maarten to share their vision on a Resilient Caribbean by entering this writing contest and becoming a positive contributor to the resilient development of the Caribbean! We are counting on you, our future!