In-depth

Millennium Development Goals Planning

MDG National Assessment and Costing Prognosis workshops were supported by UNDP in both MDG 3 and MDG 7c, the assessments have followed on these two areas, with the objective of reducing poverty and promoting development.

Water and Sanitation

Photo:  Technical training of rural community development officers for improved water systems monitoring.
Technical training of rural community development officers for improved water systems monitoring.

Water and Sanitation is also being addressed through projects, integrating legislative review in rural water systems management, training of key Government Ministry officers that support local water boards, and consultation with water boards for improved systems management are being supported.

The project activities aim to integrate women officials and community members, to enhance the governance of water boards and increased awareness of the management of water and the respective legislation.

HIV and AIDS

Photo:  First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow, National Aids Commission Chairman Kathy Esquivel, and Dr. Carla Barnett Champion Fight Against HIV and AIDS and Promote Human Rights of Persons Living with HIVAIDS.
First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow, National Aids Commission Chairman Kathy Esquivel, and Dr. Carla Barnett Champion Fight Against HIV and AIDS and Promote Human Rights of Persons Living with HIVAIDS.

Another area addressing poverty, as regards access to services, is the HIV AIDS portfolio.

The first phase of the five years Global Fund Round 9 Grant project is in progress, under the title "Accelerating the Pace: Reaching Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations with Critical Services".

The HIV/AIDS Thematic Trust Fund (TTF) project "National Dialogue on Human Rights in Belize, Scaling up access to legal services for most at risk populations" also focuses on poverty reduction with emphasis on combating HIV AIDS.

Important achievement include the high level of coordination of the Government of Belize, commitment of the Belize's First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow and other well-known personalities as champions of HIVAIDS in Belize, and the proliferation of new non-government partners that have integrated their efforts in the national combat against HIV and AIDS.