Local News Sources

Find us on Twitter

Guyana moves ahead with Green State Development Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee & Hosts UN Regional Director for “Green Conversations”

Leo Heileman in Bartica, Guyana Leo Heileman in Bartica, Guyana
  • Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy is meant to be a national development plan, providing long-term vision and guidance for Guyana's economic, social and environmental development
  • Regional Director of UN Environment’s Latin America and Caribbean Office Mr. Leo Heileman said that the “launching of the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee showed the commitment of the Guyanese.”
  • As Bartica undergoes transformation to a model green town, Mr. Heileman noted that once fully realized, the town can be an example for the rest of the country.

20180126 1148001 125 January 2018, Guyana – Guyana formally launched its Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Cara Lodge.

The Advisory Committee is composed of the chairs and co-chairs of each of the seven thematic expert groups of the Green State Development Strategy and comprises of senior representatives from several government entities. These include the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Public Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Education, Legal Affairs and the Guyana Energy Agency; as well as representatives of the Mayor, and stakeholder groups such as the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association, Transparency Institute, and the Guyana Women Miners Association.

The selected representatives will provide political and technical advice, identify synergies and cooperation among other national efforts, policies and initiatives and ensure an integrated and multi-sectoral approach to the strategy.

During the ceremony, several chairs and co-chairs expressed their commitment and support for the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy.

Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo, representative of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), in his report from the Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Structural Transformation highlighted the commitment of the private sector and requested that they be represented within all seven expert groups in alignment with the government’s mandate that the private sector, as an organization must be at the forefront of realizing a green economy.

Regional Director of UN Environment’s Latin America and Caribbean Office Mr. Leo Heileman said that the “launching of the Inter-Ministerial and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee showed the commitment of the Guyanese”. Heileman also expressed his gratitude to His Excellency, President Granger, for his trust in UN Environment and the invitation to become a technical partner in the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy.

Ms. Ndibi Schwiers, Director of the Department of Environment, said that “The GSDS is not a government strategy, it is a strategy to be elaborated with and for all Guyanese” further adding that the launch of the Advisory Committee is an important step in ensuring a participatory approach to the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy.

Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy is meant to be a national development plan, providing long-term vision and guidance for Guyana's economic, social and environmental development. In addition, it aims to provide a foundation for an inclusive green economy, resulting in improved human well-being and social equity.

Citizen engagement in Bartica – From Green Towns to a Green State

As part of the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy’s regional consultation and awareness raising initiatives, the Ministry of the Presidency through the Department of Environment hosted the second session of ‘Green Conversations” in Bartica on 26th of January 2018, under the theme “From Green Towns to Green Cities”

The consultation saw the UN Environment Regional Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, Leo Heileman, and GSDS Coordination Desk engaging with the office of the Mayor of Bartica along with several private sector groups.

Leo Heileman, in delivering the feature address focused on the role of Bartica’s transition to a green town in the larger context of a green state, drawing on regional examples like Costa Rica, a country with 100% renewable energy.

Mayor Gifford Marshall in his remarks shared projects being undertaken by the municipality including the creation of green spaces, structural transformation of the market and the plans to install solar panels on public buildings.

As Bartica undergoes transformation to a model green town, Mr. Heileman noted that once fully realized, the town can be an example for the rest of the country.

Green Conversations, following its launch and first session in Georgetown, is the Ministry's Strategy to engage the public in dialogue and consultations regarding the Green State Development Strategy.

Last modified on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:06
Written on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 Published in News Stories Read 185 times