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The objective being pursued by the "Poverty Reduction and Achievement of the MDGs" programme, is achieving MDGs and reducing human poverty, through support to MDG country reporting and poverty monitoring; and pro-poor policy reform to achieve MDG targets.
Under the "Democratic Governance" programme, UNDP Belize is working to foster democratic governance through justice and human rights; decentralization and local governance; and public administration reform.
Because of Belize's geographical location, climate change factors, and level of regulation, the country is prone to disasters, the impact of which can cause severe impact on poverty levels particularly on the vulnerable and excluded populations, so the UNDP "Crisis Prevention and Recovery" country programme is mainly, but not limited to natural Disaster Reduction.
Our work in the "Environment and Sustainable Development" area entails support for the establishment of frameworks and strategies for sustainable development, including effective water governance; access to sustainable energy services; sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation; conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; national/sectoral policy and planning to control emissions of ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants, and promotion of climate change resilience and adaptation measures.
The planning and implementing of most of our projects have embedded cross-cutting concerns and initiatives contributing to Women's Empowerment and Human Development, including within the HIV and Development Programme area.
The MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) identified several bottlenecks that preclude progress in this MDG indicator to improve access to improved sanitation facilities. Challenges identified include poverty within households preventing constructing of sanitation facilities; system for determining which households can qualify for sanitation assistance; communities not seeking out agencies' support for the construction of facilities; and lack of community capacity in conducting regular maintenance and monitoring of the systems. Furthermore, hygiene education and related sanitation communication and awareness messages are implemented in an ad hoc manner especially in rural areas. The concept note proposes to expand implementation of the MAF CAP to include implementation of some of the solutions specifically those relating to Mayan and other ecologically vulnerable communities.
Applying MDG Acceleration Framework: Addressing Governance Bottlenecks to Achieve Water and Sanitation Coverage in Belize
The MDG (Millennium Development Goals) Acceleration Framework (MAF) identified bottlenecks impeding the country's capacity to meet its MDG 7c water and sanitation targets. It showed that while the country was implementing rural water systems projects, improved sanitation coverage remains slow due to the absence of the facilitation and coordination by an identified lead agency. This project will implement some of the critical measures identified, institutionalizing democratic governance practices in rural water and sanitation service delivery while building leadership capacities within the responsible Ministry to improve coordination and performance at a community level.
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
“Belize’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change undermines the very basis of this economy making the need for a comprehensive response by the Government and the country’s development sectors more critical." Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
HIV and Development
The objective of the Project is to “Halt the spread of HIV with a special emphasis on young people 15–24” in Belize.
The MDGs Acceleration Framework (MAF) consultations and research resulted in a “Country Action Plan” which lays out the framework for continued efforts for the achievement of the MDGs by 2015. The MDGs Needs Assessment and Cost Prognosis Project (MDG NACP) has propelled the Acceleration Framework on MDGs 3, 4 & 7. This project deals with the MDG NACP of Millennium Development Goal 3.
Environment and Energy
Government of Belize, Non Government Organizations, Private Sector and the United Nations working together in partnership.
This project is being implemented in the socio-economically deprived Southside of Belize City (SBC), the most violent area of the country where homicide rates "exploded" in 2002 and show little sign of falling today (Gayle, 2010:289). It aims to assist young men between the ages of 15 to 29, in obtaining increased opportunities, through mentoring, training and apprenticeship.
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- 07 May 2014:Jessica Faieta of Ecuador Appointed Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and The Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme
- 09 Dec 2013:Welcome – MDG Report and Post-2015 Agenda Launch
- 25 Nov 2013:Belize Gets Millennium Development Goals Database System and Training