22 March, 2018 saw the first meeting for the year of the four (4) Results Groups that have responsibility to support implementation of the Government – United Nations (UN’s) Country Implementation Plan (CIP). The CIP is the Government - UN’s national implementation framework to contribute to Guyana's efforts to localise and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the meeting an overview was given of the results of the 2017 joint efforts of the Government/UN across the four (4) pillars of the CIP: An Inclusive, Equitable, and Prosperous Guyana; A Safe, Cohesive and Just Guyana; A Healthy Guyana and a Sustainable and Resilient Guyana.
Under the Inclusive, Equitable, and Prosperous pillar the UN supported the Ministry of Education to promote safe and protective learning spaces in positive school environments; worked with the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples' Affairs and the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission and other stakeholders to grant communal land titles and process land extensions for indigenous communities; facilitated capacity development for entrepreneurs, and aided in the digitization of birth, marriage, and death certificates while increasing birth registration in hinterland communities.
For the Safe, Cohesive and Just pillar the Network of Guyanese Living With and Affected by HIV/AIDS (G Plus) was resuscitated and supported; stakeholders benefited from capacity building; development of a National Social Cohesion Strategic Plan and accompanying implementation plan was supported; a legislative and policy review of existing Trafficking in Persons legislative was facilitated; creation of a specialised Sexual Offences Court was supported; training on profiling of high-risk containers at ports was provided; and the forensic ballistic system was strengthened.
In the Healthy Pillar the Ministry of Public Health was supported in several areas including preparation for the passing of the Tobacco Legislation; efforts were made to improve maternal and child health via a review of the perinatal and neonatal care and recommendations made for quality improvement; nutrition, education and consumer awareness were enhanced as part of the food based dietary guidelines; capacity building activities for health care providers were conducted; and health promotion and disease prevention activities were facilitated.
Under the Sustainable and Resilient Pillar the UN supported the development of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) framework document; assisted stakeholders in disaster preparedness, management and response mechanisms; prepared over 300 farmers in rural communities to adopt best practices in climate smart agriculture via field demonstrations and the provision of technical assistance; enhanced the national water and waste water management system; and provided support to institutions to enable environmental compliance.
At the Results Groups meeting discussions were held on ways to improve implementation to achieve joint results. Additionally, the monitoring and evaluation plan for the 2018/2019 implementation for the CIP was outlined.
The Results Groups is tasked with supporting the formulation of joint programmes under the UN Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF), tracking and reporting on progress towards implementation of the CIP, contributing to the preparation of the annual UN Country Results Report, and making recommendations to the Joint National Steering Committee on strategic issues impacting delivery of results that require guidance and decisions.