Write on Monday, 06 November 2017 Published in Newsletter

At the request of the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on behalf of the UN Country Team, facilitated a Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) of the country’s planning documents to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The Rapid Integrated Assessment comes in light of Guyana’s commitment to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the context of the development of its new Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).

Against this backdrop, thirty-three (33) planning documents, including the Framework of the Guyana Green State Development Strategy and Financing Mechanisms, which is the guiding document for elaboration of GSDS, were reviewed.

The findings of the report revealed that Guyana’s planning documents are fully or partially aligned to 78 percent of the SDGs. The report also provides comments on the institutional framework presented in the said documents.


The Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) is a tool UNDP has developed to help countries assess their level of preparedness for the implementation of the SDGs. This evaluation constitutes the first step in building a country roadmap or action plan, reviewing national development plans, as well as existing sectoral strategies, in order to determine the relevance of the SDGs to the country context, both at national and subnational levels.

The RIA also provides an indicative summary of the level of alignment between plans / strategies (at national and sub-national level as required) for the implementation of SDGs, identify the interconnections between the SDG targets and sectoral areas of coordination and identify instruments, progress in data systems, and sufficiency of data sources for the systematic monitoring progress of the SDGs.