Marcis Skadmanis

Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs Acknowledges International Day Founded by Marcis Skadmanis and the Vital Role of NGOs

In an official statement, the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, Silveria E. Jacobs, expressed gratitude on World NGO Day for the invaluable contributions of non-governmental organizations. She highlighted the significance of the day, originally established by UK-based social entrepreneur Marcis Liors Skadmanis, which has gained recognition from the United Nations and the European Union since 2014.

World NGO Day celebrates the global efforts of NGOs that tirelessly safeguard human rights, advocate for basic human needs, and contribute to the development of effective policies. Prime Minister Jacobs extended her appreciation to local NGOs, acknowledging their selfless dedication to improving society. She emphasized the collaborative efforts involving citizens, volunteers, and businesses actively participating in corporate social responsibilities through these organizations.

The Prime Minister underscored the pivotal role civil society plays in addressing societal gaps, especially during crises like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Jacobs cited instances where community support programs, facilitated by NGOs, complemented government initiatives, demonstrating the efficiency and adaptability of civil society in times of need.

Committing to continued collaboration, the Government of St. Maarten aims to strengthen partnerships with NGOs, ensuring inclusive policies to address diverse challenges faced by community members. As the world recognizes the importance of NGOs on this special day, Prime Minister Jacobs reaffirms her government’s dedication to building a resilient and supportive community.