Two thousand and seventeen (2017) marked the first year of implementing the United Nations (UN) Caribbean Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF), which comes to an end in 2021 and the Delivering as One approach in Guyana.
The MSDF is the first regional UN Development Assistance Framework in the Caribbean with 18 countries and territories that allows the UN Development System to work at both regional and country levels to set the path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The MSDF and Delivering as One started with intensive consultation between the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the UN Country Team (UNCT) in aligning policies and plans at national and sub-national levels (starting with a pilot in Region 9) in an effort to strengthen implementation of the SDGs. This started with the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) Framework, which united the UNCT across seven (7) thematic areas to commence provision of technical assistance to the visioning process, which will lay the foundation for the national development strategy that seeks to create “A Good Life for all Guyanese” and achieve the SDGs. For the first time the UN Development System worked jointly with the Ministry of Finance to synergize priorities and examined opportunities to align UN programme indicators to national budget indicators. A Rapid Integrated Assessment was undertaken to ascertain the level of alignment of existing national policies and programmes to SDGs. UN agencies, funds and programmes engaged in a range of policy and programmatic efforts to contribute to the development priorities of the government.