President Arrindell calls on nation to tune in to Youth Parliament Session Monday at 10.00am;

Happy International Youth Day

President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell is inviting the nation to tune in on Monday, August 12 which is also International Youth Day, to Channel 120 on St. Maarten Cable TV for the live broadcast of the country’s youth parliament in session.


The live broadcast will also be available on Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet, and also via

The youth parliamentarians will be making presentations about "A Curriculum that prepares us for life; incorporating technological advancements in education."

"I would like to take this opportunity to wish the youth of the nation a happy International Youth Day August 12 which is being observed internationally.

"The theme chosen by our young parliamentarians from the St. Maarten Youth Parliament for their Monday parliamentary session is very much relevant today. Without information one is rendered powerless. Being well informed gives one power by enhancing their knowledge.

An educational system with information communication technology as its centre piece will allow our youth to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

"I wish our youth parliamentarians much success on behalf of the members of parliament in their deliberations on Monday morning," President of Parliament, Hon. Gracita Arrindell said on Sunday.

On 17, December 1999, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August is declared International Youth Day.

The theme of International Youth Day 2013 is "Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward."

Young people make up a significant share of the global number of international migrants. In 2010, there were an estimated 27 million international young migrants.

According to the UN, while migration can often offer valuable opportunities and contribute to the development of communities and society at large, it can also pose risks and lead to unacceptable situation, including discrimination and exploitation.

The UN and Governments around the world in observance of International Youth Day will raise awareness of the opportunities and risks associated with youth migration, share knowledge and information stemming from recent research and analysis on this topic, and engage young people in discussions on their migration experiences.

The St. Maarten Youth Parliament is part of the St. Maarten Youth Council Association.

PHOTO CUTLINE: President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell