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:
21 September 2023
President Santokhi Addresses UN General Assembly, Urges Global Action
President Chandrikapersad Santokhi of Suriname delivered a compelling speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20th, focusing on pressing global issues and the need for collective action. President Santokhi emphasized the lack of substantial progress in achieving peace, prosperity, and climate stability worldwide since his previous addresses to the UN. He called for a new form of multilateralism that unites nations and respects international law. The Surinamese President urged world leaders to put aside ideological differences, prioritize shared global goals, and uphold international principles. He highlighted the impact of crises on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for climate action. President Santokhi discussed Suriname's commitment to environmental sustainability while developing oil and gas resources and called for climate financing and compensation for forested countries. In conclusion, President Santokhi urged collective efforts to create a more resilient and inclusive world, emphasizing the importance of recommitting to the original goals of the United Nations Charter.
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09 June 2023
UN Suriname Welcomes Ms. Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki as new United Nations Resident Coordinator
With her extensive experience in international development cooperation, Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role in coordinating UN development operations in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki's appointment was made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, with the approval of the host government. Her tenure officially began on June 5, and she assumes the critical responsibility of spearheading the Multi-Country Office based in Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to her appointment as Resident Coordinator in Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki served as the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Belarus. During her time in Belarus, she played a pivotal role in positioning the UN system as an impartial and neutral partner, contributing to sustainable development efforts in upper-middle-income countries. Her leadership was instrumental in coordinating the UN's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting initiatives for refugees and migrants. Notably, Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki fostered strong collaborations with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on human rights and sustainable development in Belarus. Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki's dedication to international development spans over 20 years. She has worked in various capacities within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), including the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in New York. In this role, she provided support to UNDP country offices in Europe and Central Asia and worked closely with strategic partners, including UN Member States' missions. She also represented UNDP on the Steering Committee of UNDP-Russia Development Trust Fund and played a significant role in the Inter-Agency Task Force on Ukraine. Her experience also extends to Ukraine, where she served as the UNDP Deputy Representative from 2005 to 2010. During her tenure, she initiated and led the implementation of UNDP's "Community-Based Approach to Local Development in Ukraine," which became one of the organization's largest local development projects. Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki's contributions in Ukraine showcased her commitment to grassroots development and sustainable progress. Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki commenced her professional career in Poland, where she worked as a UNDP National Programme Officer in Warsaw. She later became an international consultant for the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and an Advisor on international program development and harm reduction for the Soros Foundation. Through her work, she facilitated South-South cooperation and knowledge transfer on HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Apart from her impressive professional accomplishments, Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki holds a Master's degree in Economics and International Relations from the prestigious Warsaw School of Economics. She is a married mother with a son and enjoys various activities outside of work, including tennis, skiing, listening to jazz music, and taking nature walks with her dog. The United Nations in Suriname looks forward to collaborating closely with Ms. Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki as she assumes her new role as a United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Caribbean region. We are confident that her leadership, expertise, and dedication will contribute significantly to advancing sustainable development, promoting human rights, and fostering collaboration among stakeholders in Suriname and the wider Caribbean. The UN Suriname stands ready to support and engage with Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki.
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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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11 July 2023
Message from the Secretary General on World Population Day
Our human family is larger than ever. Yet leaders are falling woefully behind in efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous world for all. Halfway to the 2030 deadline the Sustainable Development Goals are dangerously off track. Gender equality is almost 300 years away. Progress on maternal health and access to family planning has been glacial. This year’s World Population Day focuses on unleashing the power of gender equality. Gender-based discrimination harms everyone – women, girls, men, and boys. Investing in women uplifts all people, communities, and countries. Advancing gender equality, improving maternal health, and empowering women to make their own reproductive choices are both essential in themselves, and central to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals. Let us stand with women and girls fighting for their rights. And let us intensify our quest to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all 8 billion of us.
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16 September 2023
An Urgent Call to Action: Revitalizing the Agenda for Sustainable Development
We must urgently turbocharge the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean — including the achievement of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — while viewing the agenda as much as a commitment to human rights as it is a development plan. Established in 2015 by 193 countries, the 2030 Agenda represents our roadmap to ensure a dignified life for all people, promoting an equitable, inclusive, and peaceful society, fostering prosperity, and taking care of our planet. Despite having the knowledge, resources and technology needed to achieve these ideals, we are progressing at a rate too slow to attain them. As we approach the halfway point for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, an unprecedented effort is required from all governments to revitalize and accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. The SDG Summit in New York, scheduled for September 18th and 19th, offers a crucial opportunity to raise ambition and translate it into concrete action. We are in a moment of "polycrisis," facing simultaneously interconnected and prolonged crises with serious repercussions for people, society, and the environment. The alarm bells have already been rung with economic instability, the pandemic, conflicts in various regions, growing migratory movements, humanitarian crises, increased poverty, destructive climate events, and accelerated biodiversity loss, among other issues. These crises have negatively impacted the progress of the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, where an alarming 27% of the targets have regressed. We are at a crossroads, but we still have the opportunity to correct course. Countries' commitments must be more ambitious and urgent. At the September SDG Summit, States must present credible and urgently needed plans to rescue the 2030 Agenda. At the national level, it is essential for governments to collaborate with all stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, academia, and the scientific community, and to implement more integrated and transformative public policies. To achieve real impact, countries must adjust national budgets and mobilize resources internationally. The global financial architecture must be updated and made more equitable, especially for Latin America and the Caribbean. This includes increasing long-term financing and taking measures to alleviate the debt of countries in the region. Key measures to be pursued include investment in a just transition, sustainable resource management, energy efficiency, digitalization, and the creation of inclusive and fair job opportunities. These actions are fundamental to achieving the SDGs, and the United Nations advocates for a deep global transformation that addresses current challenges. At the national level, we identify six priority challenges with significant transformative potential: strengthening social protection systems, ensuring decent work, transforming education, promoting digitalization; facilitating access to clean energy, reforming food systems to improve health and well-being, and effectively addressing climate change; biodiversity loss and pollution. The United Nations teams, present in the 40 countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean, are committed to supporting governments and society at large in making these transformations a reality. Our common future is at stake, and we have a seven-year deadline to turn things around. The risks of not accomplishing the SDGs are consequential, which is why we need to significantly increase ambition and action. Future generations will judge us by the decisions we make today, and we cannot afford to disappoint them. We must be steadfast in our determination to create a more sustainable and just future.
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