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Suriname's President Desire Delano Bouterse speaks at the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

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Costumed dancer at one of Suriname’s many ethnic festivals. (Photo: Courtesy Wilderness Explorers)

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As one of the world’s most ethnically and culturally diverse countries, Suriname has many colorful street festivals for visitors to enjoy. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Robert Ameerali, Vice President of Suriname. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Growth and development require infrastructure, and Suriname is eager to engage in mutually beneficial public-private partnerships. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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(Map: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Suriname’s Exports By Major Product Group: 2013

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In 2000 the United States Geological Survey estimated that up to 15 billion barrels of recoverable oil might lie beneath the coastal waters of Suriname and neighboring Guyana. (Photo: Courtesy Staatsolie Public Relations)

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The Government of Suriname is building bridges to connect remote communities to economic and social life. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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River view of the Wijdenboschbrug. Sea boats enter Suriname through here. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Indigenous girl in Apoera (West-Suriname) studies a plant. (Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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The eventual aim of the South Suriname Project is to safeguarding the headwaters of Suriname’s most important rivers. (Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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The engagement with communities is a critical element of the South Suriname Project, and it is well under- way with community meetings in six villages in southern Suriname. (Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Suriname works to balance respect for the tribes living in the rainforest (villages, hunting areas, cultural places) with resource development and ecotourism. This lodge for tourists is well integrated into its environment. (Photo: Courtesy Wilderness Explorers)

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Aerial view from Voltzberg, in the heart of the Central Suriname Nature Reserve. Suriname’s goal is to use extra revenues from oil and minerals to develop more sustainable industries in the long-term: agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism and eco-services. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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A (muslim) mosque and (jewish) synagoge peacefully next to each other in Suriname's capital city of Paramaribo. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Suriname: The Greenest Country on Earth - A Special Report cover (10/10/14)

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Mining activities in the interior of Suriname

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Niermala Badrising, Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization of American States

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Henry Mac Donald, Permanent Representative of Suriname to the United Nations