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What we do

The United Nations in Suriname, in partnership with the Government, works to promote the rights and wellbeing of all peoples in Suriname.

The United Nations effort towards the advancement of development in Suriname is guided by international human rights conventions, the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals.

The current focus areas of the United Nations work in Suriname are: Adolescents and Youth, Agriculture and Food Security, Child Protection, Democratic Governance, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Environment, Gender-based Violence, Health, HIV and AIDS, and Water and Sanitation

The United Nations priorities are aligned with the national development priorities as expressed by the Government of Suriname in its Development Plan 2012-2016 (Ontwikkelingsplan). They constitute the outcomes of the current United Nations Development Assistance Framework agreed by the Government and the UN in Suriname, which guides the UN operations and programmes at the country level for the next four years.


The UN Development Assistance Framework 2012-2016

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012-2016 for Suriname 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 UNDAF 2012-2016 was 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 national Development Plan 2012-2016 (Ontwikkelingsplan).

The formulation of the UNDAF includes four steps:

Step 1: In the process of developing a UN country programme to support the national priorities, the UN carries out a Common Country Assessment to help analyze the national development situation and identify the root causes and impact of poverty, as well as other development challenges.

Step 2: Using the Common Country Assessment, the UN identies critical development issues and policy priorities in consultation with key stakeholders, including country-state and non-state actors, other international organizations and think tanks.

Step 3: Building on the previous process, the UN drafts the United Nations Assistance Framework, the primary UN planning tool to guide the work in the country. This document is shared with the Government for comments and feedback. Once the UNDAF is finalized, an action plan to implement it is designed.

Step 4: The UNDAF Action Plan (UNDAP) translates priorities into an operational plan, including timelines and indicators for monitoring and evaluation.