The worldwide collaboration between the United Nations and Accra, Ghana called the Global Partnership for Migration and Development announced Monday the departure of two of its ministers.
The pair, Tom Robinson, minister of Foreign Affairs and Small-Scale Industries, and Lodewijk De Ridder, minister of Forestry and Small-Scale Industries, will be leaving in the midst of financial and political challenges facing their respective ministries, according to the announcement from U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.
De Ridder explained the news of their departure from the post in a post on his Facebook page.
“Dealing with environment is challenging at present but the vision to achieve the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and focus on the post-MDG agenda is worth the challenge.”
The MDGs were the world’s development goals set forth in 2001 by U.N. leaders in New York, and were met in 2015.
“Natural resources are the most important resource in today’s multilateral development architecture,” De Ridder said. “What can the Caribbean learn from Africa’s experiences in development of the sector? … Do we need to learn from those whose organizations have produced such successful models?”