As the Government of Guyana moves ahead with the preparation of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are providing technical support to align and mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the GSDS.
To this end, a workshop organized by the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Environment with support from the Ministry of Finance was held at the Marriott Hotel on 15th and 16th March 2018. The workshop saw a gathering of participants representing the inter-Ministerial and multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee, members of the seven GSDS multi-stakeholder thematic expert groups, GSDS consultants, partners and senior government representatives.
The workshop outlined the first draft of the GSDS Theory of Change and guided participants on multidimensional approaches to mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda, including use and application of three important tools: Theory of Change; systematic thinking / multidimensional, multi-actor approaches; and identification of accelerators to prioritize policy interventions with a bigger impact.
The proceedings were facilitated by Gonzalo Pizarro, UNDP’s Regional Policy Adviser, Agenda 2030 and Development Planning, Sustainable Development and Resilience and Ivan Gonzalez de Alba, Regional Policy Adviser, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development.
Hon. Joseph Harmon, Minister of State, reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the process noting the alignment of the SDGs with the GSDS as a crucial policy area. He explained that the GSDS is not just another document, but rather, is the vision and the expression of the ambition of the people of Guyana for a prosperous future in a sustainable environment.
Minister Harmon said that “Guyana aspires to transition into a decarbonized and resource efficient economy that values and integrates the multi-ethnicity of our country and enhances the quality of life for all Guyanese. Guyana’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda is unequivocal.”
Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Hector Butts in his remarks noted that the GSDS must be used to guide policy development and in particular inform the contents of the National Budget. He reminded participants that the bottom line is “well-being”.
Delivering the welcome and opening remarks, Director of the Department of Environment, Ndibi Schwiers explained that GSDS is intended to be the vehicle to drive Guyana’s attainment of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, reflecting the objectives of the country and well-being of all Guyanese.
She posited that the exercise started in 2017 and as a first step in this direction, a Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) was performed to establish how well Guyana’s existing planning documents and the framework of the GSDS reflect the subjects, ambition and scope of the SDGs. It is against this backdrop the workshop was organized.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mikiko Tanaka reminded the audience that the seventeen (17) SDGs are ambitious and transformational in their principle of leaving no one behind and once incorporated in the GSDS, countless benefits can be derived.
Ms. Tanaka explained “Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy is for Guyana but is also a contribution to the world. We all need to work together in broader and deeper partnerships that will let us foster social progress, protect the environment, drive economic growth and create a more just, stable and peaceful world.”
UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative, Shabnam Mallick explained that the workshop is part of a longer process that UNDP is supporting towards formulating the GSDS. She said that UNDP has the knowledge base and tools to support the development of the Theory of Change for the GSDS and identification of its targets.
The next steps will include the validation of the targets and the final formulation of GSDS document, for which a group of consultants will be working on soon.
The GSDS is Guyana’s long term national development strategy which is anchored in the principles of an inclusive green economy model.
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Regional outreaches hosted
In Guyana, UN Day was celebrated with the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Arch on the Camp Street Avenue in Georgetown (Region 4). The launch ceremony featured remarks by the country’s Prime Minister and First Vice-President performing the functions of President, Hon. Moses Nagamootoo and the Resident Coordinator, Ms. Mikiko Tanaka. In attendance were Ministers of Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and partners from across various sectors.
The launch was followed by an exhibition, which saw interaction between the public and representatives from UN agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other national partners. The public benefitted from informational items such as brochures, pamphlets, and reports and memorabilia in the form of t-shirts, mugs, key rings, pens, pencils, and other items. The exhibition also featured a SDGs photo booth.
The UN Day exhibition was one of several held during UN Month. On October 16 (World Food Day), an exhibition was held in Region 10 (Linden) at the national activity planned by the Ministry of Agriculture. Also, on October 31st, an exhibition was held in Region 5.
The launch of the SDGs Arch and exhibitions form part of the UN Country Team’s broader advocacy campaign to highlight the partnership between the Government and people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the United Nations to implement the SDGs.
In Guyana the UN continues to support the Government with a range of diverse policy and programmatic efforts across several sectors to contribute to the progressive achievement of the SDGs.
Photo: Ribbon cutting by Hon. Moses Nagamootoo, Prime Minister and Vice-President performing the functions of President flanked by members of the UN Country Team, Ministers of Government, and Representatives of the Diplomatic Community.
At the request of the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on behalf of the UN Country Team, facilitated a Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) of the country’s planning documents to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Rapid Integrated Assessment comes in light of Guyana’s commitment to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the context of the development of its new Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).
Against this backdrop, thirty-three (33) planning documents, including the Framework of the Guyana Green State Development Strategy and Financing Mechanisms, which is the guiding document for elaboration of GSDS, were reviewed.
The findings of the report revealed that Guyana’s planning documents are fully or partially aligned to 78 percent of the SDGs. The report also provides comments on the institutional framework presented in the said documents.
The Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) is a tool UNDP has developed to help countries assess their level of preparedness for the implementation of the SDGs. This evaluation constitutes the first step in building a country roadmap or action plan, reviewing national development plans, as well as existing sectoral strategies, in order to determine the relevance of the SDGs to the country context, both at national and subnational levels.
The RIA also provides an indicative summary of the level of alignment between plans / strategies (at national and sub-national level as required) for the implementation of SDGs, identify the interconnections between the SDG targets and sectoral areas of coordination and identify instruments, progress in data systems, and sufficiency of data sources for the systematic monitoring progress of the SDGs.
17 Goals to Transform Our World
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In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures. Explore this site to find out more about the efforts of the UN and its partners to build a better world with no one left behind.
The Sustainable Development Agenda
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.