Khartoum, 2 August 2010 - The Government of Japan will provide a contribution to the UN in the amount of approximately $8.17 million to assist the conduct of the referenda in Sudan. The contribution will be channeled through the Referenda Basket Fund managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The funding will enable critical assistance to the newly established Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, and support key activities such as voter registration, civic and voter education, media training, domestic observation, assistance to protection and active participation of women, and strengthening of the Joint Integrated Police Units in Abyei.
2005, long years of conflict between the North and the South of Sudan
came to an end with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
As final key milestone events mandated by the CPA, the referenda for Southern
Sudan and Abyei are due to be held in January 2011.
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