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Home Affairs Ministry to foster greater collaboration with UNICEF

Georgetown, Guyana April, 2010 - Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Clement Rohee recently met with Representative of UNICEF, Dr. Suleiman Braimoh to discuss ways in which the two entities via their mandates, can develop a more substantial level of partnership.


In a brief statement, Minister Rohee said that UNICEF has been cooperating at the level of the Caribbean Community, as well as the national level, particularly with the Ministries of Labour, Human Services and Social Security and Foreign Affairs.


So far, the Home Affairs Ministry’s engagement with UNICEF deals with the General Register Office (GRO), which is responsible for the registration of births, deaths and marriages. “I think that we should seek to raise this level of cooperation much higher than it presently obtains and I believe that there are good prospects for these two entities,” Minister Rohee said.


Dr. Braimoh said that emphasis on sustainable development issues will be high on the agenda as it is a common area of interest between the two entities. He noted that UNICEF will be working with the Ministry to move forward in this regard. The UNICEF Representative added that UNICEF has a mandate and a programme of cooperation with the Government of Guyana with particular focus on women and children.       


The meeting was initiated out of discussions between Minister Rohee and Braimoh at the recent public forum on Violence in Schools, organised by the Ministry of Education.  


UNICEF’ and the Government’s and Country Programme 2006-2010 including Annual Work Plans for 2010, are prepared only after wide consultations with key stakeholders and partners for fulfillment and realisation of children’s and women’s rights.        


For more information:

Leslyn Thompson,  lthompson@unicef.org, UNICEF Guyana

Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean





UNICEF is on the ground in over 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


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