King Willem Alexander of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recently organized a gathering with the Prime Ministers and ministers of the Small Island Developing States. The meeting, which took place on March 21, 2023, was attended by the leaders of Aruba, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Kitts, Barbados, Jamaica, Tuvalu, Fiji, and the Maldives.
Aruba's unique situation regarding water availability
During the encounter, the leaders focused on the challenges that small islands face with climate change and water issues. The attendees discussed the availability of water in the Caribbean Islands, with many islands unable to supply water 24 hours a day to their communities.
The importance of using water consciously in Aruba
The Prime Minister of Aruba highlighted that while the island has similarities with other islands, it is an exception regarding the challenges it faces, as these do not affect Aruba. Aruba has a sea water desalination plant that provides purified water 24 hours a day in a steady supply, which is not the case for many other regional islands. The Prime Minister stressed that the Aruban community should be more aware of the importance of water and use it consciously to guarantee its availability for everyone.
Prime Minister thanks King Willem Alexander for organizing the gathering
The meeting was a significant opportunity for the small islands to address their challenges and discuss potential solutions. The Prime Minister thanked King Willem Alexander for organizing this encounter and for addressing the issue in the context of the small islands, which often do not get due attention.