On 18 January, 2016, UNICEF Guyana held a Children’s Rights and Business Conference on Child Rights in the Extractive Sector, to promote child rights and corporate social responsibility among local businesses. Organized in a partnership with the Government of Guyana and UNICEF Canada, this forum brought together key stakeholders to discuss the impact of the extractive sector on children in the country, identify existing gaps and explore ways to address children’s rights within this industry.
Speakers and participants included The Minister of Business, The High Commissioner of Canada to Guyana, and representatives of the Ministries of Natural Resources, Social Protection, Indigenous Peoples Affairs; state human rights bodies, UN agencies, and civil society organizations. Local companies active in the mining sector - such as Guyana Gold Fields Inc. were also present.
On Saturday 19 March, 2016, more than two thousand people gathered at the Independence Square in Paramaribo, Suriname to celebrate Earth Hour and recommit to taking care of our planet for future generations.
Earth Hour is a global campaign to raise awareness on the effects of climate change.
This annual event has grown into a movement that culminates in an hour of inspiration across the world. This year’s event marked the tenth year of the campaign. The theme, 60+ represented the one hour of less energy being consumed to benefit the planet.