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Jun 8, 2011

United Nations Development Assessment Framework roll-out workshop

Over thirty representatives from the region, the U.S, the U.K, European Union along with government representatives in Belize are discussing personal and economic security.  That’s at the center of the deliberations at a United Nations Development Assessment Framework roll-out workshop that is ongoing at the Radisson Hotel.  News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Roberto Valent, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Belize says that over the next three days participants will engage in discussions focusing on topics that are pivotal to Belize’s development as prioritized by the Ministry of Economic Development:

Roberto Valent: United Nations Resident Coordinator for Belize

Roberto Valent

“In that presentation the Government has pointed out very clearly that the focus of his priorities is on citizen security, in advancing social development and social service in an equitative and inclusive manner in also promoting an environment where people have jobs and basically personal security and economic security and all of this would be at the center of our discussion.”

CEO in the Ministry of Economic Development, Yvonne Hyde says one of the expectations is the identification of priority areas that Belize can capitalize on:

Yvonne Hyde, C.E.O., Ministry of Economic Development

“Well basically what we’re hoping for is that this workshop will illicit from the stakeholders’ areas where the UN system can help in the future in terms of the country’s priorities, Belize’s priorities. We also want to ensure that the UN uses its comparative advantages, which it has which we know that it has. We want to ensure that those advantages are used to the maximum in our development process.”

Yvonne Hyde

Valent says that the information from the workshop will be used as part of UN’s Common Country Assessment and to guide concerted actions toward development areas:

Roberto Valent

“The results of this meeting will be used for the United Nations in partnership with all the development partners to develop a common country assessment, a clear understanding of where the country is position in terms of its health situation, its education situation, employment and everything else. And then what we’re going to do on the basis of that analysis  we’re going to prioritize the UN interventions within that analysis and with respect to the national plans. The Government has developed the 2030 Horizon Document which is a long term perspective planning document and strategy document it has a medium-term development planning document and we are anchoring and tailoring our responses within that framework.”

Hyde says the partnership with the UN is critical for long term development:

Yvonne Hyde

“The important thing is that we want to work in the atmosphere of partnership because the UN is an important partner in the country’s development and we want to improve, expand the relationship as far as is possible  in terms of what we want to achieve developmentally.”

By the end of the workshop on Thursday, participants will have devised an Action Plan for full development of the CCA and UNDAF. Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

The workshop concludes on Thursday.

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