UNICEF Guyana and Suriname
Guyana and Suriname have been aligned for the first time in a joint programme structure for 2012–2016. The overarching goal of Programme of Co-operation in UNICEF Guyana and Suriname is to contribute to the progressive realization of children and women’s rights in the respective countries, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
The activities of both country offices are governed by a standard agreement signed between the respective Governments and UNICEF every five years, and is outlined in the Country Programme Document (CPD). For the period 2012-2016, the organization will focus on the implementation of evidence based programmes of action which support the rights and development of children and women, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the areas of eliminating poverty and hunger, universal education, gender equality, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS, with a key emphasis on equity.
UNICEF works with the Governments of Guyana and Suriname to provide capacity building support for results based planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of equity and gender-sensitive policies, legislation and programmes for children and women. This support is organized around the established National priorities in both countries; in Guyana: governance, inclusive growth, sustainable environment, and human and social development, and in Suriname: Children and Youth, Education, Employment/Entrepreneurship, Human Capital and Innovations.
The programme will place emphasis on monitoring the situation of children and women in both countries, and on the continuous improvement of monitoring and evaluation systems, which can produce reliable disaggregated data and analysis, to help better understand and address the issues affecting children and women. The timeliness and accuracy of such information is pivotal to the development of legislation and policies which can positively impact the equitable achievement of the MDG targets for these groups.
Particular emphasis will be placed on increasing the impact of programmes and policies on children living in the interior of Suriname, and the hinterland areas of Guyana, since they have been identified as one of the most vulnerable groups.