Leaders from North Darfur
discuss DDR and Community Security issues
participants discussing their individual perspectives on successful
DDR/CSAC programs and how to communicate their messages to local
Fasher, 4 August 2010 - Today, the DDR Commission in North Darfur
closed a three-day workshop on Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration
(DDR) and Community Security and Small Arms Control (CSAC) attended by
80 community leaders from North Darfur.
workshop was organized by the North Sudan DDR Commission jointly with
the UNDP and UNAMID and with support from the Canadian Government and
aimed to further the understanding of local authorities and community
leaders of the DDR process in general and to raise their awareness on
issues related to community security and small arms control.
first day’s session presented an overview of DDR and CSAC in the
context of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) and the individual roles and
future engagement of the represented parties in planned DDR/CSAC activities.
UNDP was represented by Mr. Massimo Diana, Head of Crises Prevention and
Recovery Unit, who assured the delegates that UNDP would continue to provide
support to the Commission in accordance with its mandate. He added that:
“For DDR to succeed in Darfur and given the current complex situation
on the ground, we foresee that partnerships and effective coordination
will be key for the fulfillment of the above goals. It is crucial to emphasize
the complementarities between conflict prevention, mitigation and management;
peaceful reconciliation and social reintegration interventions.”
In his opening address, the Wali (Governor) of North Darfur, Mr. Osman
Yusif Kibir, drew attention to the programme’s importance in targeting
local leaders, as they were the most in tune with their communities’
needs. Other keynote speakers commended the NSDDRC’s efforts in
addressing the region’s security issues and pledged their commitment
to collaborate on the implementation of DDR and Community Security programmes
the second and third day, Participants discussed their individual perspectives
on successful DDR/CSAC programs and how to communicate their messages
to local communities. The workshop outcomes will be carefully analyzed
by the DDR Commission and the UNDP and UNAMID DDR units in order to streamline
and deliver effective DDR and CSAC programs for Darfur.
The Darfur Peace Agreement (CPA) calls for the Demobilization, Disarmament
and Reintegration (DDR) of former combatants, and the promotion of community
security and arms control. The objective of the DDR process as a whole
is to contribute to creating an enabling environment for human security,
and to support post peace agreement social stabilization across the Sudan,
particularly in war affected areas.
more information, please contact:
Monique Tummers - de Groot, UNDP DDR Public Information Specialist;
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