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.
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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26 August 2021
IOM and CARICOM IMPACS enter MoU to collaborate on regional migration management efforts
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at a virtual ceremony on Monday. The MoU aims to strengthen the cooperation between IMPACS and IOM in areas of mutual interest. This includes areas such as management of migration for development, development of migration standards and policies in the region aimed at protection-at-sea, processing irregular migrants, counter-trafficking in human beings as well as contingency planning and emergency responses in the event of large-scale forced displacements. During his remarks, Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Lt. Col. Michael Jones, explained that the formalization of the two (2) agencies’ relations is a significant step in deepening their ties as they move to address issues of border management, and counter trafficking of human beings. He noted that CARICOM IMPACS and IOM have already been working to enhance the capacities of regional governments in tackling these areas. “We are very honoured to have partnered with the IOM over the years to execute programmes, such as training on human mobility during natural disasters, and training on the reception and reintegration of forced returnees,” said Lt. Col. Jones. He further explained that IMPACS has also worked with IOM and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to implement the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC). The CMC is a forum that aims to coordinate and promote information exchange among CARICOM Members States, in addition to developing common policies to assist in comprehensive migration governance in the region. IOM is currently working with IMPACS to implement two activities to support migration management. These activities include an analysis of capacities and needs to assess health issues at points of entry in the Caribbean, and a legislative gap analysis and road map for policy change on the counter smuggling of migrants in the region. Both activities are implemented by IOM under the Western Hemisphere Program (WHP), which is generously financed by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. The IMPACS Executive Director affirmed that this collaboration would benefit CARICOM Member States by enhancing capacity building initiatives in migration, harmonizing policies, and procedures, and accessing global tools to address irregular migration in the region. Meanwhile, IOM Regional Director for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, Michele Klein Solomon, in her address, emphasized that working with CARICOM in the region is critical to facilitate the effective management of migration and transnational organized crimes at all levels. “Transnational organised crime and the way it manifests in the region require collaborative efforts across countries and the expertise of dedicated specialists like CARICOM IMPACS,” said Klein Solomon. The Regional Director also elaborated on the role of the CMC in furthering these collaborative efforts as it was initiated to address the specific needs of the region. She noted that the CMC has played an integral role in facilitating the working relationship between CARICOM and the IOM, as they address issues of human mobility in the context of natural disasters, and the countering of trafficking of persons and the smuggling of migrants. She commended IMPACS for their leadership in this regard. To close virtual ceremony, the CARICOM IMPACS and IOM officials respectively signed the MoU with the aim of strengthening ties between the regional agencies in implementing effective migration management.
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23 August 2021
Yeşim Oruç new United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana
Ms. Oruç brings more than 20 years of experience in international relations and sustainable development to her new role. At the United Nations, she held leadership positions with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), including, most recently, a senior role at the UNDP Representation Office in Washington D.C., USA where she managed key organizational strategies and partnerships. She also served as UNDP Country Director in Albania and led programme and partnership initiatives for UNDP country operations in Romania as well as Turkey. Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Oruç worked as a copy editor in Cairo, Egypt. She holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American University in Cairo, Egypt and a bachelor’s degree in political science and comparative governments from Yale University in Connecticut, USA.
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11 August 2021
Sewing machine helps Guyanese seamstress get on her feet after returning from Venezuela
Olive went back to the trade many years later, after the situation in her adopted home forced her to return to Guyana. It had been many years since 70-year-old Olive DaSilva had earned a living as a seamstress. After working at a school uniform factory in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, where she went with her family to build a better life, Olive went on to work as a preschool teacher. After widespread insecurity and food and medicine shortages forced her to flee her adopted home, returning to her native Guyana in 2018, her sewing skills once again proved a lifeline. “It’s very helpful for me because I have no foundation here, my life was in Venezuela,” said Olive. “This is helping me financially, to be active, doing something, to be able to have a community here again.” She is one of 109 people taking part in a program to make cloth face masks. Supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the program aims to allow refugees, migrants and returnees a chance to rebuild their lives, while at the same time contributing to efforts to staunch the spread of the coronavirus. More than 5 million people have fled Venezuela in recent years, displaced by the same factors that made it impossible for Olive to continue living in there. Those who have fled include not only Venezuelan nationals but also long-term residents who had moved to Venezuela years or even decades earlier, when the oil giant’s economy was booming. Olive recalls her decades in Venezuela with fondness and nostalgia, saying, “It was so wonderful. They are very loving, very kind. I got used to that.” But as insecurity and shortages of basic staples worsened, Olive recognized she had no choice but to leave and returned to a community in East Bank Demerara, in Central Guyana, along with her son. Back in Guyana, she was at a loss of what to do to make ends meet until she heard of the mask-making program. Olive and six other women were provided special training on how to use the sewing machines via a workshop facilitated by Sew Much Hope, a civil society organization based in the United States. Having become the first master trainers, they can now train others on how to use and maintain the donated machines. So far, 63 people across four regions have been trained. “This was the first time I ever trained anyone. I mean I am a good person and always try to help people, but I never had the chance to train anyone,” said master trainer Glennis Ross, one of the other women in the program. “It was a good feeling to know that I could help them learn to use the machine which will give us money.” “Small projects like these can bear big fruits for people like refugees, migrants and returnees,” said UNHCR’s Cecilie Becker-Christensen Saenz Guerrero, who heads the agency’s office in Guyana. “The new machines and the training help increase the quality of the mask production and to establish sustainable solutions which will promote self-resilience and sustainable livelihoods in the future.” To date, the mask-making program has yielded over 50,000 masks that have been purchased by UNHCR and distributed to refugees, migrants and locals throughout Guyana. Olive remains hopeful and dreams of expanding her sewing business in the future. “I like experimenting with sewing. I would like to make cosmetic and pencil cases, bathroom sets. I don’t know how long I will have good health for me to carry on. But I would like to still be independent,” Olive added.
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22 January 2021
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