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United Nations peacekeeping has a long and proud history, with more than one million peacekeepers having served in more than 70 operations on four continents since its establishment in 1948. Looking to the future, we can be confident that as new challenges emerge, United Nations peacekeeping will evolve to meet them. Today, more than 116,000 UN personnel from more than 120 countries serve in 16 peacekeeping operations. At great personal risk, these military, police and civilian personnel help stabilize communities, protect civilians, promote the rule of law and advance human rights.
On Monday, May 12, 2014, a project aimed at supporting the Government of Guyana through South-South policy dialogue on policy options for reducing poverty, supporting cottage and linkage industries in selected rural communities and identifying and enhancing alternative coping strategies for the poor was signed during a simple ceremony at the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Boardroom.
Funds from a Chile programme aimed at boosting South-South cooperation are to be used to craft Guyana’s eco-tourism marketing strategy and help the poor and vulnerable in communities rich in eco-tourism potential develop sustainable businesses. Tourism Minister, Irfan Ali said that US$80,000 of the US$200,000 grant would be spent of developing the strategy to push Guyana as a nature tourism destination. Noting that Guyana’s eco-tourism is community-based, he said Guyana and Chile would collaborate in conducting a joint assessment “on what we have here and what needs to be done as against what the best players are doing.”