Security and the legal order in the Caribbean

The Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten will need to work together to reduce drug crime that undermines society and combat socioeconomic decline. The AIV recommends that the countries of the Kingdom cooperate much more closely, make better use of the possibilities afforded by the Charter for the Kingdom, and adopt a more strategic approach in the region. The coronavirus crisis underlines the need for structural reforms in the Caribbean countries. The Netherlands offers assistance, but in the AIV’s view it must also assume shared responsibility for implementing a long-term socioeconomic plan for all the Caribbean countries. This is necessary in order to support the most vulnerable population groups, but also to increase the countries’ resilience to climate change and help them make the transition to a sustainable and more diversified economy.