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November 2011: Central Bureau of Statistics and UNDP hold a Launching Event for the Preparation of a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics
Khartoum, 3 November , 2011 - Under the auspices of 1st Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, the Central Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched an Event on October 31st, 2011 aimed at setting the stage for the preparation of a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for the Republic of Sudan (2012-2016)...
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September 2011: UNDP discusses with governments officials, NGOs and UN agencies recovery and prospects for long term sustainable development in Darfur
El Fasher, October 10, 2011 – During his first visit to Darfur, the newly appointed United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Mr. Sayed Aqa met yesterday in El Fasher with the Wali of North Darfur, Mr. Osman Kibir. Mr. Kibir commended the work of UNDP throughout the years, particularly its focus on sustainability and capacity development of State institutions and NGOs in the three Darfur states...
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September 2011: New guide to help developing countries speed up access to climate finance
New York, 14 September 2011 -The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a guidebook aimed at helping decision makers in developing countries to better take advantage of the billions pledged to address climate change...
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September 2011: Red Sea State First in Sudan to Expand Role of Civil Society in Budget Making and Expenditure Management
Red Sea State, 4 September, 2011– For the first time in Sudan, a civil society network has been involved in the process of drafting the state budget. To date, the network has expanded community-based budget monitoring to 10 localities in the Red Sea State. The official decree on the participation of civil society in the all levels of budget process has been issued at the state level and signed by Wali (Governor) of Red Sea State....
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July 2011: DDR sensitization mission in El Srief, North Darfur
El Fasher, 26 July 2011 – A sensitization programme to disseminate messages on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Small Arms Control was organized yesterday in El Srief locality, situated 45 kilometers North of El Fasher, North Darfur, by African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), UN Development Program (UNDP) and the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC); in active coordination with other relevant UN agencies like UNICEF....
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July 2011: Sounding Good: Musical Performances in Darfur Make the Difference
EL Fasher, Darfur, 6 July 2011 - They’ve launched and produced newspapers, radios programmes in local unwritten languages, street theatre performances, and have entertained and informed thousands of children in IDP camps with their puppet shows. Now, on 7th July, 2011, Afia Sudan is returning to Darfur, this time in El Fasher, to organize extensive community outreach activities. ...Read full story

June 2011: UNDP Expands Support to Enhance Capacity of Eastern Sudan Localities in Planning and Development
Kassala, 29 June 2011 – For the first time, localities of Kassala State have a development strategy with a clear objectives and costs calculated up to 2012. Using the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the key tool in identifying the main objectives of the localities, these development plans have been aligned with the State and the National Strategic Plans of Sudan and connected to the State and Nationals goals. ....
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June 2011: The Media is the Message: DDR and CSAC Workshops in Darfur
EL Geneina, West Darfur, 20 June 2011 – The Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) and the UNDP, held the first of three media sensitization workshops in the Darfur region. With over 20 participants representing television, newspaper, radio and other traditional forms of media, the workshop in Geneina set about increasing awareness of local Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Community Security and Small Arms Control (CSAC) issues ....
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June 2011: First PSO Regional Seminar Held in Sudanese Capital Instead of Copenhagen
Khartoum, 15 June 2011 – The Regional Procurement Support Office Seminar was opened by UNDP Country Director Mr. Claudio Caldarone on Sunday 12 June at Rotana Salam Hotel, in Khartoum. The four-day seminar brought participants from 14 UNDP country offices along with the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health procurement and supply focal points. The seminar was facilitated by a number of experts from UNDP Procurement Support Office (PSO) in Geneva, UNDP Legal Support Office (LSO), UNDP Sudan Programme Management Unit and external partners such as WHO-AMDS, Global Fund and UNICEF....
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May 2011: “Public Participation Key to New Constitution Making”
Khartoum, 24 May 2011 With the opening of the Constitution Making Forum, the Government of Sudan initiated a broad-based consultative process for drafting a permanent constitution, here today. The Forum, an initiative of the Advisory Council for Human Rights (ACHR) and is supported by the United Nations, notably the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). ....
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May 2011: UNDP Handover of GFTAM HIV program construction sites to FMOH at new central warehouse in Khartoum
Khartoum, 24 May 2011, The Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Isamaldine Mohammed Abdalla received a commemorative key from UNDP Acting Deputy Country Director, Yakub Beris, to mark the successful delivery of more than 60 health facilities constructed through the Global Fund grant for combating HIV/AIDS in Sudan, at the handover ceremony held this morning in the new central warehouse for storage of drugs, in Khartoum North. ....
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May 2011: Community Security Initiatives take off in Blue Nile State
Damazine. On Sunday May 8th, the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), with the support of the Joint DDR Commission (JDDRC) and the UNDP, officially launched two pilot social reintegration projects, which will be implemented in Blue Nile State. The launch took place in Damazine town, and was attended by more than 30 participants, including representatives from the state government, UN agencies, the media, and civil society ....
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April 2011: First UNDP/Global Fund Country Level Donor Meeting Successfully Sheds Light on Sudan’s Progress in Public Health
Khartoum, 20 April 2011 Ambassadors from Global Fund donor countries, UN agencies representatives, the Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Secretariat, and heads of national programmes for AIDS, TB and Malaria, gathered for the first country-level Global Fund donor meeting in Sudan Tuesday afternoon....
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March 2011: Community Leaders Discuss Small Arms and Light Weapons Control In Red Sea State, Port Sudan
Port Sudan, 7 March 2011. Today, the North Sudan DDR Commission (NSDDRC) and the Ministry of Interior, with support from the UNDP- DDR program, opened a two-day small arms and light weapons (SALW) sensitization workshop in Red Sea State, Port Sudan City....
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February 2011: UNDP's Risk Mapping Initiative in West Darfur Aims to Strengthen State Capacity
Geneina, West Darfur, 28 February 2011 — On 20th and 21st February, the UNDP’s Crisis and Recovery Mapping and Analysis (CRMA) Project supported a crisis and recovery mapping exercise in Geneina, West Darfur which brought together 36 state government officials and key representatives from civil society....
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February 2011: Ex-combatants and community members in Southern Kordofan jointly acquire new skills
Kadugli, 10 February 2011, the Southern Kordofan state government, the UNDP and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officially launched a vocational training programme for ex-combatants and community members in the state. ....
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February 2011: Southern Sudanese vote for independence
7 February 2011, The people of Southern Sudan have voted overwhelmingly to secede and form their own country.
According to the final results announced today by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, 98.3 percent of the electorate has chosen independence..
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February 2011: UNDP Support to Tribal Elders’ Conclave Boosts Peace Efforts in South Kordofan
Kadugli, 25 January 2011, The Southern Kordofan Reconciliation and Peaceful Coexistence Mechanism (RPCM) and UNDP’s Crisis and Recovery Mapping and Analysis (CRMA) and Conflict Reduction Programme (CRP)-supported community interaction in Al Buram locality has enabled the Shatt Nuba and Rawawga Hawazma tribes to jointly decide on interventions for consolidation of peace and reconciliation....
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January 2011: Government Representatives and Community Leaders discuss small arms and light weapons control in Kassala
Kassala, 19 January 2011. Over 100 participants including representatives from state government, ministries and localities met in Kassala City to deliberate small arms control measures that are acceptable to communities,....
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December 2010: East Sudan Conference in Kuwait Yields Positive Results 75% of 4 Billion Dollar Goal Reached
Kuwait, 2 December - The International Donors and Investors Conference on East Sudan under the patronage of His Highness the Esteemed Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and by the Prime Minister of Kuwait,....
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December 2010: Kuwait Hosts International Donors and Investors Conference for East Sudan
Kuwait, 1 December 2010 – The International Donors and Investors Conference for East Sudan inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Kuwait, H.H Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, commenced this morning. In his opening speech the Prime Minister said, the main interest of the participating countries is to “aid the brotherly nation of Sudan in resolving the conflicts and challenges that it is facing at present and move forward towards development under the umbrella of peace and security”.,....
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November 2010: Kuwait Conference to Pave Way for Human Development and Revival of East Sudan
Khartoum, 25 November - The International Investors and Donors Conference on East Sudan to be held in Kuwait on 1-2 December will open up a roadmap for the development of a region that is rich in natural wealth but home to some of the poorest people in the country. This was stated by the President’s Advisor on Eastern Sudan, H.E Mustafa Osman Ismail, at the Donors’ Consultation,....
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November 2010: Human Development Report: Five Arab countries among top leaders in long-term development gains
United Nations, 4 November 2010– The 20th anniversary edition of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report,....
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November 2010: Community Leaders gather in Blue Nile State to discuss DDR and Community Security Issues
Damazine, 8 November 2010. Today, the Joint DDR Commission (JDDRC) in Blue Nile State opened a three-day workshop on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC). The workshop was attended by 50 community leaders from six localities in Blue Nile State,....
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October 2010: Strong Commitment Needed to Make Sudan Free of Landmines by 2014
Khartoum, 28 October 2010 – The landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) clearance assets developed in the form of Joint Integrated Demining Units have cleared 446 kilometre-long Babanusa-Wau railway line and more than 1,650 km of high priority roads in central and Eastern states of the country....
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October 2010: Best Opportunity in a Generation to Achieve MDGs in Sudan, Says New Report
Khartoum, 26 October 2010 – Sudan’s progress towards achieving the globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been stalled due to the detrimental effects of past and continuing armed conflict in parts of the country. Significant financial and human resources needed to support ....
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October 2010: Ex-combatants are trained as community animal health workers in South Kordofan
October 25, 2010 Kadugli, South Kordofan State Today the Nuba Mountains International Association for Development (NMIAD) started a fourteen-day training for Community Animal Health Workers among ex-combatants and women associated with armed forces (WAAF) in Kadugli,....
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August 2010: Community Leaders from North Darfur discuss DDR and Community Security issues
El 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....
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August 2010: Japan offers 8.17 million USD to support referendum in Sudan
Khartoum, 2 August 2010 - The Government of Japan will provide the newly-established United Nations Integrated Referendum Assistance Division (UNIRAD) an emergency grant in the amount of approximately 8.17 million USD to assist the conduct of the referenda in Sudan. The funding will enable critical assistance to the newly established Southern Sudan,....
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July 2010: UN Rolls Out New Initiative For Conflict Prevention in South Kordofan and Warrap States
Khartoum, 26 July 2010: A new UN Joint Programme on peace-building and conflict prevention is set to make a start in South Kordofan and Warrap. The initiative involves the Government of National Unity, the Government of Southern Sudan,and eight international agencies based in Sudan and is backed by the Spanish Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Achievement Fund....
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June 2010: New Youth Labour Market Survey: Need for Promoting Self-Employment in Three States of North
Khartoum, 28 June 2010: Self-employment is an effective antidote to counter the rising problem of youth unemployment in the three Northern States of South Kordofan, North Kordofan and Blue Nile State...
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June 2010: Over 2,300 Sudanese Government Staff Benefit from Knowledge Transfer Through TOKTEN
Khartoum, 14 June 2010 – Close to 2,500 professionals in various institutions affiliated to the Government of National Unity (GoNU) and the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) have benefited as a result of the the Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN). The TOKTEN Sudan initiative....
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June 2010: UNDP To Step Up Efforts for Tackling Inequality and Effective Local Governance in Sudan
Khartoum, 8 June 2010 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be at the forefront of support to the national authorities in tackling priorities of capacity development for poverty reduction, gender equity and inclusive governance in Sudan. Vigorous efforts will have to be mounted to address the emerging threat posed by climate change in the form of water scarcity and impact on livelihoods....
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June 2010: UNDP Arab States Chief : Dignity Through Livelihoods, Women’s Empowerment Key Opportunities For Sudan
Abyei, 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....
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June 2010: Top UNDP Official For Arab States Arrives in Sudan
Khartoum, 5 June 2010 – The United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Director of its Regional Bureau for Arab States, Ms. Amat Al Alim Alsoswa arrived on an official visit to Sudan, here today.During the course of her week-long visit, Ms. Alsoswa will hold wide-ranging discussions with high-level government representatives.......
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May 2010: One Hundred Community Leaders from South Kordofan State meet to discuss DDR and Community Security.
Kadugli, 17 May 2010. Today, the Joint DDR Commission (JDDRC) in South Kordofan State in cooperation with the Integrated United Nations DDR unit in Kadugli started a three-day induction workshop on Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Community Security and Small Arms Control (CSAC) for leaders from some 100 communities across South Kordofan State.......
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May 2010: Office of the President gets the tools it needs to work effectively
Juba, 14 May 2010 – Information and communications technology (ICT) has become the backbone of both public and private sector institutions. It enables organizations to manage and organize information more easily, monitor finance, and quickly interact with people all over the world, among other things......
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April 2010: Hakamas’ Day Out With BBC - Noted Presenter Zeinab Badawi Meets Women Balladeers
As They Sing for Peace and DDR in Sudan
Khartoum, 1 April 2010 – Well-known BBC presenter of Sudanese origin, Ms. Zeinab Badawi, spent time with the Hakama women singing group and watched them perform at the Tayeba displaced persons camp in Khartoum North. The Hakamas had traveled from Southern Kordofan State to perform for Ms. Badawi, who is in the country to learn about the role of cultural symbols and the folk and traditional forms of communication in peace-building.....
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March 2010: High-Level Haiti Donors’ Conference to be held at United Nations in New York
New York, 29 March 2010—The United Nations and United States, in cooperation with the Haitian Government, will convene a high-level donors’ conference - ‘Towards a New Future in Haiti’ - on 31 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York to secure the financial resources necessary for Haiti’s recovery, and by doing so, demonstrate the international community’s steadfast commitment to the people of Haiti as they struggle to rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake...
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December 2009: Global Human Development Report 2009 launched in Khartoum:“Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development”
Khartoum, 13 December 2009. Today the United Nations Development Programme in Sudan together with the Sudanese Ministry of International Cooperation launched the Global Human Development Report 2009, under the theme: ‘Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development’.This year’s HDR explores for the first time the topic of migration.....
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December 2009: Dutch Ambassador inaugurates Police Barracks and handsover over equipment in Abyei
Abyei, 8 December 2009– The Dutch Ambassador, Mr. Norbert Braakhuis, inaugurated the Abyei Police Force barracks in Abyei Town. He also announced that his government has donated an additional 3 million USD for equipment, such as transport means, to the Abyei Police. His Excellency the Dutch Ambassador was joined by representatives of the Abyei Police Commander Colonel Luka Deng,....
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November 2009: The European Commission constructs two new police stations in Kassala State, Eastern Sudan
Kassala, 23 November 2009– Wali of State Kassala, State Police Commissioner and United Nations Development Program officially opened two new police stations in Kassala State.
The inauguration was performed by the State Wali of Kassala Mr. Salah Ali Adam, the State Police Commissioner Mr. Esam Eldin Abdalmahmoud Eltayeb, UNDP Country Director, Mr. Claudio Caldarone, and the representatives of European Commission, .
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October 2009: UNDP Southern Sudan restructures its operations to make poverty reduction one of its key priority
Juba, 16 October 2009: Tomorrow is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – a chance to acknowledge the efforts and struggles of people living in poverty and focus the world’s attention on initiatives to tackle it. World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, which include the overarching goal of cutting extreme poverty in half....
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October 2009: Southern Sudan AIDS Commission mobilizes community leaders to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDs among vulnerable groups
Juba, 9 October 2009: The Southern Sudan AIDS Commission has teamed up with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Southern Sudan Network of People Living with HIV (SSNeP+) to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDs among vulnerable groups....
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October 2009: DDR Participants, gearing up for Reintegration
Juba, 2 October 2009: Acquisition of new skills goes a long way in facilitating professional and social integration of Ex-Combatants. Vocational training courses, an initiative of the Southern Sudan DDR Commission (SSDDRC) and the UNDP as part of the Sudan DDR Programme and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),....
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August 2009: Ministry of Federal Governance Sudan and United Nations Development Programme Sign the Joint Communiqué, Launch of Local Governance Development and Public Expenditure Management (LGDPEM) for the East
Khartoum, 19 August 2009: Ministry of Federal Governance Sudan and United Nations Development Programme held a one day Workshop on “Harmonization and Coordination of State Federal Relations”....
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August 2009: European Commission donates 22 Vehicles to North and Southern Sudan DDR Commissions
Khartoum, 11 August 2009 – The European Commission Delegation in Sudan together with UNDP handed over twenty-two vehicles to the North and Southern Sudan DDR Commissions (N/SDDRC) at an official ceremony today at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum....
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August 2009: Completion of Demobilisation Operations in Blue Nile State
The Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programme implemented under the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) marked a key milestone today, with the successful completion of Phase One of the demobilisation exercise in Blue Nile State.....
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July 2009: Demobilization in Eastern Sudan Enters its Last Phase
Khartoum, 31 July 2009: Demobilization of 767 ex-combatants under the second phase of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Eastern Sudan was officially launched yesterday in Gedaref...
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July 2009: Arab Human Development Report 2009: Challenges to Human Security in the Arab Countries
21 July 2009: “Human Security” offers new way to understand development challenges in the Arab region. In Arab countries, a widespread lack of human security undermines human development,...
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June 2009: Sudan DDR programme launched in southern Sudan, $30 million pledged by GoNU
Juba, 10 June 2009, The release of $30 million for the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programme in southern Sudan was announced earlier today in Juba at the launch of the DDR programme in the region...
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May 2009: The National Elections Commission, the Ministry of International Cooperation and UNDP Sign the Elections Project Document
Khartoum, 28 May 2009, The Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Mr. Abel Alier Kwai, representative of the Ministry of International Cooperation, State Minister Mr. Elias Nyamlell Wakoson, and the outgoing UNDP Country Director, Mr. Jerzy Skuratowicz, signed today the UNDP project document titled: Support to Elections and Democratic Processes...
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April 2009: Joint Press Release: Qazi commends DDR progress and calls for necessary funding
Khartoum, 29 April 2009, In an address to the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Coordination Council (NDDRCC) yesterday in Khartoum, Ashraf Qazi, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sudan, commended the significant progress made in the implementation of DDR programme in Sudan...
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April 2009: Demobilization in Eastern Sudan Enters its Second Phase
Khartoum, 1 April 2009, Demobilization of 2,254 ex-combatants under the second phase of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Eastern Sudan kicked off today in Kassala State....
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January 2009: Japan provides DDR programme in Sudan with $17 million
Khartoum, 8 January 2009, The Government of Japan signed an agreement today with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide 1.575 billion yen (about $17 million) in grant assistance to the Disarmament and Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan....
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