UNICEF has embarked on a new cycle in its Programme of Cooperation with the Government of Guyana, which began in 2012 and will continue until December 31, 2016.
For the period 2012-2016, UNICEF Guyana 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.
Particular emphasis will be placed on increasing the impact of these programmes on children living in Guyana’s hinterland areas, since they have been identified as one of the most vulnerable groups.
Building upon the experience gained and progress made during the implementation of the previous Programme of Cooperation (2006-2011) the overall goal of the new Country Programme is to contribute to the progressive realization of children and women’s rights 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) with special focus on disparity reduction, elimination of inequities and enhancement of inclusiveness in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The Country Programme
In support of the overall contribution of the United Nations to Guyana, the Country Programme contributes to the development of public policies and investment reflecting the rights and priorities of children regarding their survival, development, protection and participation; protection of children against abuse and violence; improvement in access to quality health and education services for children, regardless of sex, religion, ethnicity and geographic location; reduction of the threat of HIV/AIDS among young children and adolescents.
Consequently, work in these areas will result in: The rights of all children and women in Guyana being monitored and protected by effective and efficient legislation, policies and programmes in accordance with national and international development and human rights commitments; All children in Guyana receiving the best possible start of life in a supportive and nurturing environment and being able to access and complete a good quality basic education; All adolescents in Guyana having opportunities to fully develop their individual capacities in safe and enabling environments, as well as to participate and contribute to the society in which they live.
To achieve these goals the Country Programme of Cooperation is divided into three multi-sectoral programme components.
1: Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for equity-focused and ender sensitive fulfillment of children’s and women’s rights. This programme component will support the production of disaggregated data, critical analysis and knowledge on issues affecting children and women, such as the causes of child and maternal mortality, disparities in quality education, and the immediate, underlying root causes of child abuse. This programme component will support work to promote the survival, development, protection and participation of children and women in Guyana, and contribute to the strengthening of policies and legislation regarding the care and protection of children which were enacted by the Government of Guyana.
2: Evidence Based Programmes for equity-focused and gender sensitive action to improve the survival, development, protection and participation of children and women, working towards achieving MDG targets for children and women in a way that reduces disparity. Result areas under this programme are Child Survival and Maternal Health, Early Childhood Development and Quality Education, Child Protection and Adolescent Development and Participation.
3: Cross Sectoral programmes which will focus on activities which are critical to the achievement of the country programme results. These include Monitoring and Evaluation, Communication for Development, External Communication and Advocacy for children and women’s rights, and Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning (EPRP).
The By 2016, the Government of Guyana will have in place systems for continuous monitoring of the situation for boys, girls and women in the general population, in the hinterland and rural areas of Guyana, based on reliable disaggregated data. This Data will be used to formulate and continuously update equity and gender-sensitive national and subnational plans to guide progress in the survival, development, protection and participation of children and women at the aggregated level and among disadvantaged groups, based on the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
By 2016, Guyana will also have completed the implementation of respective evidence-based and equity and gender-sensitive programmes of action to achieve the MD/MDGs targets on survival and development, protection, and participation for boys, girls, and women in the general population and in the hinterland and rural areas, and will be implementing a post MD/MDGs target date (2015) programme of action for achievement of continuing progress in the survival, development, protection, and participation of children and women with equity based on CRC and CEDAW principles.
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