The Sustainable Development Goals in Guyana
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth's environment, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. Kindly note that the data visualizations show an aggregate of the Caribbean. To view the disaggregated data for Guyana, please select it from the dropdown menu.
09 October 2021
Medical equipment provided by UNOPS and the Government of Japan to suppport care of COVID-19 patients
Six months after the signing of the agreement between UNOPS and the Government of Japan; Guyana became the first country to receive medical equipment as part of the “Project for Enhancing the Healthcare System through the Provision of Medical Equipment” which includes four Caribbean countries as beneficiaries: Belize, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago . This project is funded by the Government of Japan and managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), with a total budget of USD 4.8 million. This first delivery of equipment consists of four portable ultrasound scanning systems, which will help Guyana's hospitals render necessary care to COVID-19 patients. “The Government of Japan is pleased to be able to support Guyana’s public health system through the provision of this equipment in collaboration with UNOPS, and welcomes this project as an opportunity to further strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and cooperation enjoyed between our two countries,” said His Excellency Hon. Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Tatsuo Hirayama. The remaining medical equipment, which will complete the donation to Guyana (autoclaves, oximeters, ambulances, diagnostic imaging mobile, ECG recorders and additional probes) is expected to arrive in Guyana between October and November, 2021. “The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is honored to be chosen to participate in this initiative and commends the Government of Japan for its leadership and vision in realizing this offer. The COVID-19 Pandemic has undermined our nation’s health and has placed enormous pressure on both the public and health care systems in Guyana. Due to the delta variant, we have recorded an upsurge in our daily active cases and the number of deaths than the previous months. This donation through the Government of Japan is very timely and will definitely increase our current capacity at a national and regional level. As the Minister of Health, I remain thankful to Japan’s Ambassador and the Director of UNOPS for their continued support to our nation as we continue to fight this dreadful disease” stated The Honourable Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Health of Guyana. In the coming months, more than 40 different types of medical equipment will continue to arrive in four countries, according to the requests made by the health authorities of each country. “This project is managed by UNOPS in a comprehensive manner, safeguarding the procurement and delivery process while strictly adhering to the requirements of the health authorities of Guyana as well as of each of the beneficiary countries; hence ensuring the highest quality, transparency and performance of the economic resources provided by the Government of Japan, to leave no one behind, in full alignment with the principles of fair public management,” explained Mr. Alejandro Rossi, Director of the UNOPS Multi-Country Office for the English & Dutch Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panamá.
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24 September 2021
New Study Finds Connection Between Emerging Petroleum Sector and Increased Travel to Guyana from the Caribbean
This is in comparison to travellers from Venezuela, Europe, and the United States of America (USA). This information is according to a recent report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), titled Planning for Prosperity: Labour Migration and Guyana’s Emerging Economy. This study was implemented by IOM in consultation with Project Development Consultancy, under the Western Hemisphere Program (WHP), and is generously funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. The study was a first of its kind that investigated how labour management and labour migration, with an emphasis on fair and ethical recruitment, factor into Guyana’s future considering the recent economic growth due to its new petroleum sector. The report was launched, yesterday, during a virtual and in-person seminar at the Pegasus Hotel, with participants from the study including the private sector, government agencies and international community. The report also reveals a steady increase of travel to Guyana from the Caribbean with Trinidad and Tobago, followed by Haiti and Suriname, having the highest inflows to the country between 2018-2020. Moreover, in 2018 persons arriving and departing Guyana from the Caribbean numbered 137,433, while persons from the United States, the next largest travel group for that period, amounted to 89,456. The labour study attributes these travel trends to Guyana’s emergent oil and gas industry, and subsequent sectors, where it is estimated that up to 160,000 jobs will be in demand in the coming years, far beyond the supply available in Guyana. Such findings, according to IOM Guyana Chief of Mission and Coordination Officer for the Caribbean, Robert Natiello, indicate that the dynamics of migration in Guyana are changing as the country is positioned to be one of the largest oil producing countries in the Western Hemisphere. The IOM official explained that Guyana’s main assets have traditionally been its natural and agricultural resources, which continue to be key contributors to the country’s economy. However, Guyana’s labour force will be transformed to help supply the demand in the oil and gas and peripheral sectors. “As the labour force in Guyana is expected to be transformed. The Guyana labour migration study highlights that the demand for labour in the medium-term will not only come from the oil and gas sector but also from peripheral sectors such as construction, hospitality and tourism,” said the Chief of Mission. He added that, based on these findings, it is imperative to engage the private sector, and other stakeholders on labour migration and ethical recruitment as they will directly be impacted by this transformation. Following the presentation of results by lead research consultant, Richard Rambarran, a panel discussion was conducted to provide a better understanding of how different actors view their role in the development, management and governance of labour and migration in Guyana. Panellists included Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton, Private Sector Commission Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Capital, Jairam Petam, International Labour Organisation Specialist, Francesco Carella, and IOM Specialist, Michela Macchiavello. The facilitated discussion engaged the private sector, government agencies and other stakeholders on the recent findings of the new labour migration study, the transformation of labour in Guyana as a result of the growth in the oil and gas sector, and the important role labour migration will play in the transformation of the Guyanese economy. Planning for Prosperity: Labour Migration and Guyana’s Emerging Economy can be found here.
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24 September 2021
English lessons help refugees and migrants make a new life in Guyana
Weekly language classes help hundreds remove that obstacle. As the clock strikes 10 a.m, Dariannys and her two sisters rush to the computer tablet that they hope will be the key to unlocking a bright new future in their new home online English lessons. With no English when they arrived in Guyana in late 2020, fleeing widespread food and medicine shortages and insecurity in Venezuela, the girls and their parents have struggled to adapt in Guyana, Venezuela’s English-speaking neighbor to the east. Dariannys, a bright 13-year-old girl who was once a top student in her school back home, hopes the lessons will help her get back into the classroom. “We haven’t been able to register in school because we don’t speak the language,” said Dariannys. “I want to learn English so I can integrate in the community here.” The English as a Second Language programme, run by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with the support from the Pan American Development Foundation, through the NGO Voices GY, is providing language instruction to some 200 children and adults from Venezuela. This September, 86 students graduated from the second term of the course. “They were super excited,” recalled the girls’ mother, Katy, after she registered them in the courses in March. “They used to help around the house, but I want them to get an education, to go back to a routine.” The family are among an estimated 23,000 Venezuelans who have fled to Guyana in recent years. Darianny’s father came first, and the rest of the family followed around two years later, settling in the coastal Demerara-Mahaica region, outside the capital, Freetown. “I was a bit frightened,” said Dariannys, recalling the journey by boat. “I had never traveled anywhere before.” The family says they hope the lessons give the girls a strong enough foundation in English so that they are able to enroll in their local public school for the next academic year. While Dariannys’ interest in the class is largely academic, for her fellow virtual classmate, Josue, 10, the motivation is mostly social. “I have learned to introduce myself and I get to meet other kids and play with them,” he said with a grin. The arrival of Venezuelans, many of them school-aged, has stretched Guyana’s education infrastructure. The capacity of schools is limited, especially in remote areas, where many of the Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the countries have made their homes. In addition, there is only a very small pool of bilingual English-Spanish teachers, meaning that the language barrier tends to continue to pose a serious challenge. “Learning the local language is fundamental for displaced people when they first arrive to a new country,” said Samantha Bipat, UNHCR’s Assistant Education Officer in Guyana. “It not only allows them to build meaningful relationships with the host community members, but it opens the doors for refugees to get the education they need to foster their life-long dreams.” Dariannys dreams of becoming a football player, a construction engineer or a lawyer, like her grandfather. She knows that school is key to reaching any of these goals and is committed to pursuing her education. “Every day, we should make an effort to complete our education because it will help us make something of ourselves and to fight for our dreams,” she said.
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03 September 2021
New UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Yeşim Oruç, presents letter of credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
The presentation was made on 3 September, 2021 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ‘Takuba Lodge’. It signaled Ms. Oruc’s official start of her mandate in the country. Ms. Oruç, who is a dual national of Turkey and the United States of America (USA), is replacing Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, who served in Guyana for the past five years. Prior to her appointment as the highest-ranking UN Official in Guyana, Ms. Oruç served as UNDP’s Deputy Director in Washington (2016-2021), UNDP Country Director in Albania (2012-2016), and UNDP Resident Representative and Deputy Resident Representative in Romania (2008-2012). The new UN Resident Coordinator joined UNDP in 1996 as a national officer in Turkey. Ms. Oruç holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Comparative Governments) from Yale University, Connecticut, USA and a Masters of Art degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Oruç is bilingual in English and Turkish and is proficient in Arabic and German. The mother of Akay Kaya, Ms. Oruç is joined in Guyana by her spouse Mr. Mehmet T. Kaya, also a national of Turkey.
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02 September 2021
UNHCR donates protective equipment to support hygiene measures at schools as they reopen doors in Guyana
This donation is to support hygiene measures as schools reopen their doors to students nationwide from September 6, 2021. The donation includes 5,000 face masks, 5,000 bars of hand soap, 500 bottles of hydrogen peroxide, and 150 bottles of hand sanitizer to be distributed among schools across the country. “We are working to ensure that our schools, our environment for learning is presented in a safe way conforming to COVID-19 guidelines for engagement and interaction,” said Alfred King, Permanent Secretary, Guyana Ministry of Education. “The timely donation by UNHCR will go a long way in helping us to provide that safe environment.” These donations are part of the continued efforts to support the Government of Guyana in preventing the spread of COVID-19 across several regions, especially those hosting refugees and migrants. So far this year, UNHCR has donated hygiene products and equipment to be used in five out of the 10 administrative regions in Guyana. In total, over 5,000 PPE kits along with many cleaning supplies and prefabricated housing units for quarantine facilities were donated by UNHCR since the start of the pandemic. “UNHCR remains committed to supporting the Government of Guyana and its people in the fight against COVID-19, especially now as we endeavor to reopen schools” said UNHCR’s Assistant Education Officer, Samantha Bipat during the handover of the items. “With these donations, UNHCR hopes to support all people, including refugees, migrants and their host communities, to stay safe against COVID-19.” Guyana hosts an estimated 20,000 refugees and migrants who hope to rebuild a future in the Caribbean country, mainly from Venezuela. UNHCR and its partners have stepped up support to complement government efforts in responding to pressing needs, including education. Over the past two years, UNHCR has provided English as a second language courses to some 500 refugee and migrant children and adults across Guyana to help them better integrate in host communities. During the pandemic, these lessons have been delivered remotely and in person at a reduced capacity. For more information please contact: The Public Information Unit - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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22 January 2021
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