UNFPA has been providing assistance to Guyana prior to the 2002-2006 Programme Cycle specifically working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association. However, in August 2003 the UNFPA English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean Office established a Liaison Office in Guyana to provide oversight for the Government of Guyana/OPEC Fund/UNFPA HIVAIDS Prevention Project for Youth in especially difficult circumstances. The Office commenced its operations with a staff of three positions: Liaison Officer, Administrative/Programme Assistant and a Driver. Since then the office has evolved with a staff complement of ten (10), where all areas of UNFPA mandates are implemented and more recently (2009) received funds from the Maternal Health Thematic Trust Fund to support the Government of Guyana to improve Maternal Health and to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5. UNFPA’s Work in Guyana UNFPA has designed its programme to support the Government of Guyana based on the National Development Strategy (NDS), the “Guyana Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper” (PRSP), the ICPD POA, MDGs and the UNDAF. However, within the last year, the Government has shifted its focus to a national plan on the “Low Carbon Development Strategy” which will be the overarching policy document for…
Alison Drayton has worked in UNDP for fifteen years in a series of functions both globally and in our region, most recently at RBLAC as Senior Advisor.  In that capacity she led the formulation of Regional Human Development Report focused on multi-dimensional progress in the Caribbean for which Alison provided strategic advice to RBLAC Senior Management on engagement with Caribbean partner institutions, governments and thought leaders in the preparation of the report.  Alison also provided strategic advice on Financing for Development (FFD) issues as they concerned the Caribbean and was part of the UNDP Samoa Conference preparation team based in the Pacific to prepare UNDP’s inputs into Samoa pathway.  During her last year in New York,  Alison also supported BERA efforts in relation to issues of importance to the Caribbean including support and input for the EU Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) strategy post-Cotonou in close collaboration with UNDP’s Brussels office.  Alison served as Director for the Division for UN Affairs (DUNA) in BERA from 2009 – 2012 leading the team working on UN reform issues and the former TCPRs.  She has extensive experience in intergovernmental negotiations on UN reform, sustainable development, climate change and other key development issues.  Before…