Arab States Chief : Dignity Through Livelihoods, Women’s Empowerment
Key Opportunities For Sudan
Regional Director for Arab States, Ms. Amat Alsoswa, with the Chief
Administrator of Abyei Area Administration, Mr. Deng Arop Kuol,
8 June 2010 A large-scale impetus to livelihoods generation,
in tandem with continuing humanitarian efforts and investing in women’s
future constitute the defining development opportunities for Sudan. UNDP
will work in close cooperation with the Government of National Unity and
the Government of Southern Sudan to make progress on this agenda. This
was stated by the visiting Assistant Administrator of UNDP and the Director
of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), Ms. Amat Alsoswa,
her third day of a week-long visit, Ms. Alsoswa visited Abyei to take
stock of development projects supported by UNDP that seek to support Government
efforts at strengthening the rule of law, recovery and rehabilitation,
governance and women's development. Speaking at a meeting organized by
local women's collective, Ms. Alsoswa noted the strides made by women
in Abyei in skills-building for income-generation activities.
Earlier, Ms. Alsoswa held wide-ranging consultations with the Chief Administrator
of the Abyei Area Administration (AAA), Mr Deng Arop Kuol, the Deputy
Chief Administrator, Mr. Rahma El Nour, other representatives of the Abyei
Administration and the Speaker of the Abyei Legislative Council, Charles
Abyei. The discussions covered progress made in the region on promoting
livelihoods, institutionalizing rule of law, improving local governance,
peace building and building state capacity for delivery of basic services
to the citizens.
Lauding UNDP’s robust engagement with the development efforts in
Abyei, Mr. Arop Deng Kuol said with the anticipated return to Abyei of
thousands of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the weeks ahead, the
Abyei Administration would need ever-greater support from UNDP in creating
livelihood opportunities for the returnees.
Chief of Arab States Bureau listening to a presentation by one of
the representatives of the Women's Development Network in El Fasher
can be proud of its partnership with the people and Government of Sudan
that has been nurtured over a period of time. We stand ready to mobilize
the rest of the United Nations system in support of the vital development
needs in Abyei and beyond”, Ms. Alsoswa noted.
Ms. Alsoswa opened the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission
and the Humanitarian Aid Commission (SRRC/HAC) for Abyei area. The center,
supported by UNDP, is the focal agency for the government during crisis
– be it natural disasters or conflicts -- to coordinate humanitarian
assistance as well as returnees from the north and other parts of Sudan.
The UNDP regional chief was apprised of the preparations underway for
the local Referendum in Abyei due in January 2011. The Speaker of the
Abyei Legislative Council, Mr. Charles Abyei called for UNDP assistance
in the current preparatory stages in enhancing civic education and enlightenment
of people about the Referendum.
On the second day of her visit to the country, Ms. Alsoswa visited El
Fasher in North Darfur, where she discussed UNDP areas of support to the
conflict-affected state. During her day-long visit, Ms. Alsoswa met with
top state government representatives, key officials of the United Nations
African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and members of the international
development and humanitarian organizations, including key International
Non-Governmental Organizations (I-NGOs) based in El Fasher.
Ms. Alsoswa capped her programme in El Fasher with a visit to the local
Women’s Development Network that has advanced training efforts for
over 160,000 women. Earlier, in Khartoum, Ms. Alsoswa met with women representatives
of various political parties who form part of the Women in Political Parties
Forum and learnt about the progress made by women in Sudan in empowerment
through political and democratic participation in the country.
During her visit, Ms Alsoswa was also apprised of the efforts made to
deal with the growing scourge of tuberculosis, malaria and HIV and AIDS
in the region as part of the UNDP-managed Global Fund. UNDP Sudan, through
its Khartoum and Juba Offices, and in collaboration with several UN Agencies,
International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) and donor partners,
works to develop the capacity of national partners such as the Sudan National
AIDS Programme, National Malaria Control Programme, National TB Programme,
and General Directorate of Pharmacy, People Living with HIV Association,
and local NGOs working in the field of HIV/AIDS.
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