The United Nations in Suriname supports the Government in the promotion of democratic governance through different projects and programmes:
Parliamentary development: An efficient, effective, knowledgeable and productive parliament is critical to the existence of a viable democracy and an open society. UNDP provides technical assistance to the National Assembly of Suriname to strengthen the institution in carrying out its core functions and responsibilities, based upon a comprehensive approach to parliamentary development.
E-governance: Much of Suriname’s interior is largely inaccessible by road, lacks basic access to adequate water and sanitation facilities, adequate educational opportunities for children, and there is limited provision of government services. To participate in the systems and decision processes that affect their lives, people need relevant, timely information on the issues at stake and how to get involved. Improved education delivery and access to information will help the rural Surinamese defend their interests, participate meaningfully in the processes that affect them, and sustainably improve their livelihoods. UNDP together with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Tourism (TCT) is making government information and services more accessible through radio, computers and other ICT tools in five communities through a pilot project, ultimately expanding the project to 50 hinterland communities.
Access to justice and human rights: UNDP, together with the Ministry of Justice and Police aims to build national capacity to meet treaty obligations, draft/implement policy and raise awareness on human rights issues. Under this framework UNDP also supports strengthening of the legal aid system, and public education and awareness towards protecting and promoting the human rights of the citizens of Suriname.
Promotion of Children’s Rights: UNICEF together with Ministry of Social Affairs and Housing will provide technical assistance to update and monitor the implementation of the National Action Plan for Children. As part of UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance strategy, support will also be provided to the Ministry of Social Affairs in preparing pending and future CRC reports and to the Parliamentary Committee on Children in advocating and ensuring appropriate reflection of children’s issues within the different legislations and policy documents.