South Sudan

Statement by the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Mr. Toby Lanzer - Development Programmes with Real Results in South Sudan

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Juba, 21 April 2015: “Since Independence, the United Nations and its agencies, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have worked in support of the people of South Sudan and key institutions of the world’s youngest country. Our work has continued throughout the crisis which has enveloped the nation since December 2013.

Over the past sixteen months, UNDP has worked in key areas such as economic planning and finance, law, and reconciliation. For example, the agency has provided technical support to the Aid Coordination Office in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to better account for and manage aid flows into South Sudan; UNDP completed the construction of the Juba University’s College of Law, trained key personnel in criminal justice and case management, and provided legal texts; and, the agency has provided financial, organisational and management support to the National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation to carry out its crucial work to reduce tensions between key communities.

In the coming months, UNDP plans to further accelerate its engagement in South Sudan. For example, the agency will work with the Ministry of Labour and key institutions in seven states to ‘twin’ civil servants from neighbouring countries with their counterparts here. Further, UNDP will expand its collaboration with the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Other agencies in the United Nations family here continue to work on important development initiatives, in particular in the crucial areas of agriculture, education, health. Key UN agencies, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are, amongst others and together with UNDP, spearheading the UN’s development work and will continue to do so.”

For more information, please contact: Christina Hiemstra / Coordination Specialist / Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Christina.Hiemstra@one.un.org / +211956240771