St. Maarten/St. Martin is also part of the Dutch Caribeban, a small island in the northeastern Caribbean and shares affiliation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the French Republic. This division creates a unique cultural blend on the island. The Dutch side, Sint Maarten, is known for its vibrant tourism industry.
UNDP'S role on the island in the past, has focused on assistance to the Government of Sint Marteen with its National Development Plan (NDP) "Building a Nation: Sint Marteen National Development and Institutional Strengthening (2012)" and subsequently its National Development Visioning Document. The primary focus of this collaborative effort was to arrive at a conducive environment for the country's future development. The draft National Development Vision document, is an amalgamation of several National Development plans and was finalzed and launched in November 2022.
Ongoing areas of support from UNDP include resource mobilisation efforts and technical support to building resilience through food and nutrition (Sint Marteen Food Bank) security, promoting disaster resilient agriculture, and establishing the design, operations and maintenance of Early Warning Systems in Sint Marteen.
In addition to supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and digitalisation, UNDP supports the strengthening of national early warning and recovery capabilities in Sint Maarten.