UNICEF Delegation Visits Aruba
UNICEF visited Aruba in August of 2018, with the purpose of assisting the Government in setting up an enhanced social plan for the benefit of the Aruban children’s wellbeing and development.
The Government of Aruba has developed a Social Crisis Plan together with key social sector stakeholders in 2017-2018. A budget of 32 million Florins has been set aside for this plan, to address social challenges on the island. The next step in executing this plan was to partner with international organizations, in order to maximize the plan’s impact. About two months ago, Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes travelled to New York to represent the Dutch Kingdom at the United Nations and to meet with UNICEF to discuss a potential collaboration between parties. Following the meeting with UNICEF, the Government of Aruba arranged for representatives of UNICEF to visit the island to assess the current situation and assist in developing a plan of action for Aruba. The delegation then presented their preliminary results to the Government of Aruba.
On August 22nd, Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes met with the UNICEF delegation on the island, where UNICEF presented the results of the assessment. The Prime Minister is very satisfied with the support and enthusiasm of UNICEF and their willingness to assist the Aruban government to help safeguard the wellbeing and protection of all children.