Guyana renews its commitment to the United Nations sustainable development framework

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Guyana yesterday signaled its commitment to continue working alongside the United Nations and other countries in the region to improve the lives of citizens.

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh signed the Multi-Country Cooperation Framework for Sustainable Development 2022-2026 on behalf of Guyana, who noted that meeting the goals of the agreement will not be difficult for Guyana because they align with those of its government. development plans for the country and its people.

“There will be an extremely close and strong alignment between the priorities that we have defined as a government and the priorities that are reflected in this framework; and that, of course, is not by accident, ”he said during the signing, which was held yesterday at the Arthur Chung Conference Center.

At a time when heavy rains flooded sections of the capital Georgetown and the country is still reeling from nationwide flooding earlier this year, the finance minister focused on resilience to change climate change, affirming that a collective regional and international effort was necessary because “Guyanese national actions will not be enough on their own to contain the scourge of the continuous rise in sea level and the fight against climate change”.

On the regional side, Singh said food security is the top priority of the government and that is why he devotes a large part of his resources to the thematic area of ​​agriculture.

“We see agriculture as an extremely important part of Guyana’s economic diversification strategy and Guyana’s overall economic output going forward and therefore we have already started a lot of work and invested in an aggressive agricultural diversification program to promote large-scale food production and also to advance our agro-industrial and agro-industrial program. Most importantly, to unblock some of the lingering obstacles to interregional trade and agricultural production, as we move this agenda for regional food security forward in the first place as we move towards the world. [food security]”Singh said.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Yeşim Oruç, signed for her organization and she stressed that Guyana is a main partner in the collective pursuit of development for the citizens of the region.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator noted that “there is a lot to do” to meet the goals set, but the United Nations is happy to help Guyana and the framework can help the country align its priorities with its own. development goals.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance, Gail Teixeira, was also present yesterday; Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd; and Head of the Project Cycle Management Division (PCMD) of the Ministry of Finance, Tarachand Balgobin.

The MSDCF is the main instrument for planning and implementing United Nations development activities carried out by more than 20 United Nations agencies, funds and programs towards the achievement of Agenda 2030 in participating countries, including Guyana. It was developed in consultation with governments, regional organizations, the private sector, development partners, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

A summary of the document states: “The Multi-Country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (MSDCF) for the English-speaking and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, covering the period 2022-2026, is the most important instrument for planning and implementation. United Nations development activities. towards achieving Agenda 2030. This framework has been developed as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Caribbean, as elsewhere, the impact of the pandemic has exacerbated and exposed existing structural vulnerabilities and offers the opportunity to “build back better”.

“To address these vulnerabilities, the UN and governments in the region are committed to contributing to significant structural changes in countries’ economies and governance systems, towards: 1. Economic resilience and shared prosperity 2. Equality and well-being 3. Resilience to climate change and shocks, and sustainable management of natural resources 4. Peace, security, justice and the rule of law, ”he adds.

The vision, according to the UN, is for the region to become more resilient, have a greater capacity to achieve all of the SDGs and become a place where people choose to live and can reach their full potential.

“UN contributions will be operationalized at the country level, while adopting regional solutions where appropriate, fostering regional cooperation and integration and being guided by the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’”, says the UN.

He noted that since 2017, the UN and governments in the region have worked with a multi-country framework to be more effective, leverage regional synergies and adopt collective approaches where appropriate.

“This document represents the second generation of this framework. It was developed collegially by the six United Nations country teams covering the 22 countries and territories of the region and their host governments, in consultation with regional organizations, the private sector, development partners, organizations of the civil society and other stakeholders. It will be implemented under the leadership of the MSDCF Joint Steering Committee and operationalized at country level under the oversight and strategic direction of the National Joint Steering Committees, ”the document explains.

It further specifies that “strategic action on issues of regional scope will be facilitated by the regional commission and agencies working with the relevant regional mandate through the United Nations Regional Steering Committee, supported by a program management team. regional, which will ensure that synergies, cross-fertilization, and joint actions are pursued to achieve the results set in this programmatic framework. A joint work plan specific to each country which takes fully into account the development priorities, circumstances and legislation of each country will be drawn up for each of the participating countries.

Each joint work plan will capture United Nations contributions to MSDCF outcomes for national and regional review and follow-up. A final independent evaluation will be carried out during the penultimate year of implementation in order to draw lessons from the next programming cycle.


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