The Sustainable Development Goals in Suriname
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth's environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Suriname:
28 November 2023
Suriname government benefits from workshop on International Migration
These improvements will be achieved by improving the opportunities for people to migrate through safe, orderly and regular pathways. The International Organization for Migration (IOM-UN Migration) is supporting this ambition, building the Government’s technical capacity to identify the opportunities. On 17 October, 23 representatives of Government ministries and agencies were sensitized on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) during a workshop held at the Marriot Hotel. The workshop also delved into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, IOM’s work on migration, lessons learned in the region and other topics related to migration, to raise the understanding by government officers of how good migration governance can contribute to achieving the nation’s goals. Participants of the GCM sensitization workshop deemed the event to be a success. They learned about the Global Compact for Migration, which provides an array of possible actions, drawn from best practice, that States can choose to utilize in their migration policies, including by providing safe pathways for migration. They also came to understand the relationship and link of migration to other aspects of governance, and to sustainable development. Rabindranath Lala, Policy Advisor at the Ministery of Education, Science and Culture recognizes the role of migration in supporting sustainable development. He believes that the government should develop a national policy on migration making the point that “If we [Suriname] have a national policy on migration, the implementation would be known within all ministries of the government”. He highlighted for example, the situation of migrant children who need education, noting that while not all children of migrants may have the right documentation in Suriname, every child needs education, to be able to contribute fully to development. The Government of Suriname is in the process of using concrete evidence and data combined with the inputs of regional stakeholders to create a “Suriname Needs Assessment on Migration Governance” that will present a panoramic view of the current state of migration governance in Suriname. Marcel Veldbloem, manager of the coastguard in Suriname, said “Suriname has the opportunity to make its contribution to this international migration issue.” The government has already installed working groups. Veldbloem hopes they will have the opportunity to carry out the assignments so that the government can proceed to implement the proposals. “There is no point in proposals not being translated into action. Migration is a very important issue for Suriname and the region as well as the world.” The knowledge gained at this workshop is intended to help equip the Government of Suriname to give concrete ways to include the guidance of the GCM in its programming, to give attention to implementing the GCM and reporting on its implementation, and to utilize migration as a tool to advance each of the SDGs. The training also helped the Government understand the type of support available to them through IOM and its UN partners in pursuing national development priorities.
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24 October 2023
Strengthening Early Warning Systems: New Technology in the Service of Suriname's Resilience
This calls for immediate action to bolster its resilience to climate change.The new international partnership and project signed on Friday, 20 October 2023, in Paramaribo, mark a new milestone in the South-South and Triangular cooperation between Suriname, India, and the United Nations (UN). The project, "Enhanced Early Warning Service Delivery to Communities of Suriname," funded by the Government of India and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Suriname, aims to fortify the country's early warning systems by introducing new technology at the Ministry of Public Works for Climate and Weather forecasting. This includes the strengthening of the network of Automatic Weather Stations and Automatic Water Level measurement systems and connecting them to a new online geospatial platform for easy access and real-time data analysis. The Minister of Public Works, Dr. Riad Nurmohamed, stated, "The implementation of this project marks a critical milestone in our commitment to enhancing early warning service delivery and building resilience to flooding in Suriname. Through the utilization of advanced technical equipment and software, we aim to empower communities, safeguard livelihoods, and ensure timely responses to potential hazards." This new initiative was made possible thanks to the global UN-India Development Partnership Fund managed by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in New York. In the Caribbean region, India offers development grants of USD 1 million to each of the CARICOM countries. This strategic initiative underscores the collective commitment and global cooperation to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the global fight against climate change. The importance of this project cannot be overstated, especially in the context of Suriname's vulnerability to climate-induced disasters. With projections indicating an escalation in the frequency and severity of floods, fires, and droughts, the need to enhance the convergence of efforts in critical areas like water management, poverty alleviation, and climate change adaptation has become paramount. The project's focus on sustainable access to water resources, advanced technology, and innovative forecasting techniques represents a significant step towards building a resilient Suriname. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and other key stakeholders, has played a crucial role in Suriname in the area of climate change. Through ongoing partnerships and initiatives focusing on disaster risk management, water security, and climate change adaptation, the UNDP has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to supporting Suriname's National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change and related commitments. The new project's emphasis on strengthening inclusion and fostering equitable societies resonates deeply with the UNDP's core values, reflecting its dedication to leaving no one behind in the pursuit of sustainable development. The efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business, and International Cooperation in developing the project cannot be overlooked. Their relentless efforts, together with the Ministry of Public Works, in continuously strengthening the country's Hydrology and Meteorology network through international cooperation, have been vital. India's commitment to fostering global development and cooperation is underscored by its generous support to Suriname, exemplified by the allocation of a 1 million dollar grant made available through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. As stated by the Ambassador of India in Suriname, Dr. Shankar Balachandran, "The India-UN Development Partnership Fund stands as a beacon of our commitment to fostering inclusive growth and sustainable development in Suriname." A substantial portion of the 1-million-dollar grant remains available to Suriname for the implementation of further impactful developmental projects. As Suriname continues to chart its path towards sustainable development and resilience-building, the India-UN Development Partnership Fund serves as a valuable resource, offering a gateway to realizing Suriname's developmental aspirations and fostering enduring partnerships for a more prosperous and secure future. Acting as a crucial facilitator and coordinator, the UNOSSC has been instrumental in leveraging the UN-India Development Partnership Fund to channel resources towards bolstering Suriname's capacity to effectively manage the impacts of natural disasters and climate change. As stated by the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Mr. Berdi Berdiyev, "The UN Office for South-South Cooperation serves as a pivotal catalyst in fostering meaningful partnerships and promoting collaborative learning exchanges among nations of the global South. Its role in facilitating the UN-India Development Partnership Fund underscores the vital importance of leveraging collective expertise and resources to address the pressing challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters. Through its unwavering commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable development, the UNOSSC continues to play a central role in driving sustainable progress and building resilience in Suriname and beyond." As the project unfolds, Suriname eagerly anticipates the positive impact it will have on the lives and livelihoods of its citizens. With a comprehensive approach to climate change adaptation and a concerted effort to engage diverse stakeholders, this collaborative endeavor represents a significant milestone in Suriname's quest for sustainable development and resilience-building. As stated by the UN Resident Coordinator for Suriname, Ms. Joanna Kazana, "Our collective efforts underscore the power of partnerships and technology in fostering sustainable development and resilience-building in Suriname. As we navigate the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters, our commitment to inclusive and equitable solutions remains unwavering. Together, we are laying the groundwork for a more secure and prosperous future for all communities in Suriname."
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03 November 2023
Financing Sustainable Development: the UN and Ministry of Finance of Suriname talk about the future
The UN Resident Coordinator briefed the Minister about the key priorities of the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDCF) including economic resilience, shared prosperity, gender equality, climate change resilience, natural resource management, and peacebuilding. She mentioned that in Suriname 13 UN agencies (7 resident) are providing support to implementation of the MSDCF and national priorities. She spoke about the alignment with SDGs and importance of donor coordination and long-term strategic planning, especially in the context of new opportunities and growth expected in connection with oil industry in the perspective of the next 5-7 years. The RC congratulated the Minister on successful cooperation with the IMF. She stressed the importance of Suriname accessing global climate finance instruments and the complexity of achieving a high growth - and low carbon economy. She stressed the importance of visioning what Suriname will be in 5-7 years from now. By using the SDG as a framework for long-term planning and development, the country can ensure that people and the environment of Suriname will be benefitting from growth. Within the forestry sector, FAO's Claus Eckelmann emphasized the importance of considering the human dimension within forest-related policies, underlining the need for sustainable and profit-driven models. The discussions also underscored the importance of investing in community-level infrastructure, education, and healthcare. Notably, the need for financial innovation and strategic investments emerged as key considerations in advancing the country's development trajectory. Mr. Córdoba of UNICEF underscored the need for close collaboration and financing for the well-being of children, including immunization, mental health, or early childhood development. Mr. Berdiyev of UNDP offered to continue collaboration on climate finance, effective governance, area-based development, and capacity strengthening initiatives, with a particular attention to sub-national and local level. The Minister of Finance reflected that it is good for Suriname to have the UN by its side on the verge of historic change and major transformation of the country. He stressed the necessity of managing the country's limited resources, emphasizing the need for streamlined efforts on donor coordination, and addressing topics such as effective governance, institutional capacity, rule of law, and modernized tax and customs institutions. An important topic for the Minister was the need to prioritize day-to-day life improvements, ranging from renovating schools, enhancing infrastructure, and bolstering security, with a call to empower small and medium-sized enterprises. The meeting concluded with a strong call for increased collaboration between the Ministry of Finance & Planning and the United Nations, envisioning a transformative path towards Suriname's long-term development goals.
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27 October 2023
United in Action: UN Day SDG Walkathon 2023 in Suriname
The SDG Walkathon attracted more than 300 participants representing UN agencies, government partners, NGOs, diplomatic community and youth. This was an opportunity for UN agencies to showcase their vital work in Suriname, offering participants a chance to learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the ongoing efforts to achieve them. Along the 5km path of the walkathon, a number of attractions were waiting for its participants including games, quizzes and photo opportunities. The impressive turnout demonstrates a genuine public interest in sustainability and understanding the global goals and their significance for Suriname's future. The UN Day SDG Walkathon photo album shows a full photo report of the event.
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16 August 2023
Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: Recap of the National Youth Congress
On August 12th, the National Youth Congress was held, which was a remarkable event that brought together the energy, creativity, and passion of Suriname's youth
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