In January 2017, UNICEF will embark on a new five year cycle in its Programme of Cooperation with the Governments of Guyana and Suriname, which will continue until December 31, 2021.
For the period 2012-2016, UNICEF’s focus in both countries has been on the implementation of evidence based programmes of action which support the rights and development of children and women, and has contributed 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 was placed on increasing the impact of these programmes on children living in Guyana’s hinterland and the interior of Suriname, since they have been identified as among the most vulnerable groups. The overall goal of UNICEF’s work is to contribute to the progressive realization of children and women’s rights in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CR 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Country Programme
In support of the overall contribution of the United Nations to Guyana and Suriname, 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 both countries 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 and Suriname 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, and all adolescents 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.
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