Members of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Youth Advisory Group (YAG) were trained to advocate in areas of Gender Based Violence, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Sexual Violence, Gender Equality, the UNFPA 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, among other topics, at a workshop held on December 9, 2017 in observance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.
The sessions were facilitated by staff from UNFPA's Suriname Liaison Office, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Social Protection, and the Ministry of Public Health.
On Friday, 24th December, 2017 the UN System in Guyana participated in the Ministry of Social Protection’s ceremony and exhibition to launch the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence in Albion, Berbice (Region 5).
During the ceremony, UN Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka delivered the message of Secretary-General António Guterres. In her remarks, UNICEF Guyana Education Specialist, Audrey Michele Rodrigues noted that efforts to End Violence Against Women and Girls can be supported by encouraging dialogue and healthy debate, supporting advocacy around both violence prevention and response, building partnerships, reforming the education system, leaving no one out, and becoming our own champions of change.
Additional remarks were given by Hon. Amna Ally, Minister of Social Protection and other Government officials while community representatives made pledges to support efforts to End Gender Based Violence. Also, there were several dramatic presentations highlighting issues related to Gender Based Violence.
The ceremony was followed by an exhibition which saw participation from non-governmental organisations, University and high school students, and residents.
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.
In September 58 staff from FAO, IOM, PAHO/WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNDSS, UNFPA, UNICEF and the UN RCO participated in a training on the Core and LGBTI modules of the UN for All programme. The modules highlight a new stage in the work of UN Cares on stigma and discrimination and human rights.
Topics included Unconscious Bias; the human realities related to sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental health status, and substance abuse; and the language of inclusion. The sessions built on previous activities hosted by the inter-agency UN Cares Group that resulted in the UN Cares Guyana team winning the UN Cares Global Award for reaching UN staff with UN Cares Learning Sessions in 2014.
UN Cares Minimum Standard 10, which highlights managerial commitment, was fully embraced with the high level of support of the UN Country Team, who were present along with their staff. The sessions were interactive and participatory, which was well received by staff. “Trainings like these should be annual and included in orientation for new staff,” said Shonelle Chase-Wishart, Programme Associate at the UNDP office. Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka noted that the training provided insight into the need for the creation of a more respectful and non-discriminatory work place. “Now we need to translate this into action,” she said.
The UN for All training provided an opportunity for strategic reflection on how staff can make their work place and the UN system an inclusive work environment free of discrimination. UN for All is a UN System-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the UN workplace.
WHO WE ARE
The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945. After the Second World War 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
PURPOSE OF THE UN
The United Nations has four (4) main purposes:
- To keep peace throughout the world;
- To develop friendly relations among nations;
- To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger; disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
UN IN GUYANA
In Guyana, the United Nations System has been operating for over 45 years. The UN is headed by the Resident Coordinator (RC), who also serves as the Resident Representative (RR) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The RC is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General.
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) encompasses all the entities of the UN system that carry out operational activities for development. The UNCT ensures inter-agency coordination and decision-making at the country level. The main purpose of the Country Team is for individual agencies to plan and work together to support the development of the Government and people of Guyana.
This agenda is supported via the work of offices, which are located in country and non-resident offices.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
- United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)
- International Labour Organization (ILO) Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean - Trinidad
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN)
- UN Women Multi - Country Office – Caribbean - Barbados
- United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) Kingston
Office - Jamaica
- United Nations Information Center for the Caribbean Area (UNIC) – Trinidad and Tobago
WHAT WE DO IN GUYANA
The UN works closely with the Government of Guyana and other partners to fulfill its mandate as outlined in the joint cooperation agreement - United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) - which started in 2012 and will end in 2016. The main outcomes of the UNDAF are:
- Environment and Sustainable Development
- Inclusive Growth
- Inclusive Governance
- Human and Social Development