Paramaribo, February 1, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) - The United Nations and the Government of Suriname have signed today the development assistance framework by which the international organization will support the Government’s Ontwikkelingsplan 2012-2016, and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. This framework marks a new chapter of the UN-Government of Suriname partnership and covers a period that represents the final four years before the MDG deadline of 2015.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Lackin, the UN Resident Coordinator, Marcia de Castro, and the heads of UN agencies, attended the ceremony and signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) that will drive the work of the UN resident and nonresident agencies in Suriname for the next four years.
The UNDAF is based on a thorough analysis of the national development challenges, and the UNs expertise and strengths in the country to best support the national development priorities. The UN Action Plan has been developed in an extensive consultation with the Government and other stakeholders to ensure its strategic alignment with Suriname’s national development priorities framed in the recently approved Ontwikkelingsplan.
The UNDAF establishes three focus areas in which UN agencies will focus their programmes and projects to help achieving the national development priorities. These focus areas are: strengthening statistical information systems and the capacity to analyze and interpret the data for policy formulation and dissemination; support the development of key legislations, policies and budgets to promote development; and reach the most excluded and disadvantaged populations in Suriname.
The focus in promoting social development of most excluded populations is essential to progress in the achievement of the MDGs, for addressing disparities reaching the most disadvantaged will improve Suriname’s position in achieving the international goals. Improved statistical and analytical information on disadvantaged groups will afford Suriname’s legislators and decision makers better insight into the laws, policies, and budgets needed to secure targeted interventions from which all Surinamese will benefit. These focus areas will take into consideration the national circumstances of Suriname as well as five cross cutting principles to guide the UN work in the country, including a human rights based approach, gender equality, environment sustainability, result-based management, and capacity development. By having a more focused approach, the UN will better be able to serve the Government and the people of Suriname.
The Delivering as One process means that the UN agencies in Suriname will work together as one organization to have greater impact in supporting the national development priorities.