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UN meeting in Khartoum on how best to support the Sudan government

September 7 - 2019 KHARTOUM
The opening of the UN Coordination Meeting in Khartoum earlier today with key note speaker Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk (UN photo)
The opening of the UN Coordination Meeting in Khartoum earlier today with key note speaker Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk (UN photo)

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk, today delivered a key note speech at the opening session of the UN Coordination Meeting taking place in Khartoum. The three-day meeting is discussing a road map for the UN system to support the transitional government on development, economy, human rights, humanitarian aid and peace building tracks.

Hamdouk said the revolution slogan of “Freedom, Peace and Justice” will shape the future of Sudan. He expects the United Nations to play a major role in supporting the transition process, achieving the transitional government’s priorities and addressing the multiple challenges. “We expect the UN to play a leading role in orchestrating international support and we hope to see a comprehensive approach to this effort,” he said.

“We expect the UN to come up with a comprehensive plan addressing short, medium and long term interventions, adjusted and crafted according to the transitional government’s priorities and taking into consideration home-grown initiatives and demand-driven approaches.”

At the instruction of the UN Secretary General, the UN has commenced the meeting by producing a shared analysis of the current situation in the country, exploring at the same time key areas that the UN is best placed to support the transitional government.

The meeting is expected to deliver a coordinated and coherent UN approach to the transitional government, while being nimble and flexible to adapt to the priorities of the government.

Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, conveyed the UN Secretary-General’s congratulations to the prime minister and to the Sudanese people on the formation of transitional government. He pledged the support of the UN to the transition process, emphasizing that “if we expected the Sudanese to rise to the occasion, we should expect the same of the United Nations.”

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Gwi-Yeop Son, addressed the meeting saying “the UN is a trusted and honest partner to the people and the transitional government of Sudan. We will be flexible, nimble and creative to respond to the emerging priorities and needs of the country”.

The meeting is hosting national and international experts on Sudan who are delivering presentations on possible future directions for UN engagement in the country during the current and near future phases. To guide the discussions, the thematic areas that will be discussed during the meeting will be aligned with Sudan's Constitutional Charter in addition to presentations on the transitional government’s vision.

The outcome of the meeting will produce a UN system wide roadmap for future involvements of the United Nations to try to ensure the success of the transitional government.


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