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Transitional Government signs USD 20 million programme with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund


Khartoum, 21 December 2019 – On 18 December, the Government of Sudan signed a USD 20 million programme with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund, aimed at supporting the transitional authorities.

The signature of the peacebuilding package comes pursuant to a request, by the Prime Minister of Sudan, H. E. Abdallah Hamdok on 25 September that Sudan be declared eligible for the Peacebuilding Fund and that first-phase Funding be made immediately available in the three priority areas identified for Darfur, namely Rule of Law; Durable Solutions and Peacebuilding at the Community level.

“Peace is of utmost importance to the transitional government and it is the main indicator for the success of this glorious revolution. We are committed to creating effective partnerships that help in creating an enabling environment for sustainable peace and for the long-awaited stability of Sudan and its people,” the Prime Minister said.

In making the request, the Prime Minister underscored that his first and most immediate priority was to end the war and build a sustainable peace and that, as the UNAMID peacekeeping mission reduced its presence in Darfur, it is of utmost importance that a responsible transition take place.

The Prime Minister outlined his government’s expectation that the Peace Commission would be at the helm of all peacebuilding efforts in Darfur.

On 16 October 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations declared the Sudan eligible for support from the fund for a period of five years.

The Secretary General noted that further resources could also be made available to support national peace process as required in accordance with specific needs identified by the Government.

He further invited the Prime Minister to present transition priorities and peacebuilding strategy to the Peacebuilding Commission, an intergovernmental advisory body jointly established by the General Assembly and the Security Council in 2005 to support peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict.

Peacebuilding projects will take place to support the Government of Sudan’s efforts to build peace in Darfur by addressing land issues, the root cause and driver of much of the conflict, and to rebuild the social contract with and between all elements of the population.

The programme package builds on a series of consultations, at the state and locality levels in Darfur, conducted together state-level government and community representatives.

The two-tier consultations took place in May-June and August-September 2019 with participation of the Darfur Governors’ offices, as well as key line ministries. Representatives from the Darfur Land Commission, the Humanitarian Aid Commission, the Voluntary Return and Reintegration Commission (VRRC) and the Peace and Research Centres besides representatives from local communities, youth and women’s groups, IDPs and nomadic groups had also took part in the consultations.

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son stated that “development of the five projects has been fully coordinated and aligned with state government plans. State governments co-hosted the stakeholder consultations which identified the geographic location for programmes and determined where the fund could be fully spent in averting conflict.”


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Mr. Ayman Suliman,



Sudan Marks the Human Rights Day

Khartoum, 12 December 2019 On Human Rights Day, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian coordinator in Sudan Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son reaffirmed the United Nations Country Team’s readiness to stand together with the people of Sudan and in support of the Transitional Government at an event organized under the auspices of the Minister of Youth and Sports, H.E. Ms. Walaa El-Boushi.

“Establishing a fully mandated Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a first significant step and together the whole UN system will support the government in assuming its responsibilities and the Sudanese people in exercising the full spectrum of their economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights,” Ms. Son said in her opening remarks at the event organized today by the United Nations Human Rights Training, Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region (UNTDC) and the Regional Centre for Training and Development of Civil Society (RCDCS) in Sudan to celebrate the Human Rights Day.

This year’s Human Rights Day, 10 December, is celebrated under the theme “Youth Standing up for Human Rights.” Under the generic call to action “Stand Up for Human rights”, the Day celebrates the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.

The campaign, led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is designed to encourage, galvanize and showcase how youth all over the world stands up for rights, against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, climate change to only name a few.

H.E. the Minister of Youth and Sports called on all Sudanese youth to defend peace, equality and freedom and put an end to bloodshed. “Let us remember that our needs are different, some need wheelchairs, some need sticks to lead on the road. We complement each other, so let us defend the rights and the needs of every one of us,” Ms. El-Boushi said. She added that “let us remember that we have brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers living in displacement and refugee camps. We must defend their rights and be supportive to them.”

The event was addressed by Director, the Regional Centre for Training and Development of Civil Society (RCDCS) Dr. Mutaal Girshab and the Director of the UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, Dr Abdel Salam Sidahmed. Video messages for the Prime Minister of Sudan, Dr. Abdallah Hamdok and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.


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Mr. Ayman Suliman,



Sudan elected as chair of the Ottawa Treaty

Khartoum, 9 December 2019 The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son congratulates the people of Sudan and the Transitional Government for the election of the country as chair of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, also known as Ottawa Treaty, during the 4th Review Conference of the Convention held in Oslo from 25 to 29 November 2019 attended by 164 Member States, UN agencies and civil societies.

Sudan will be responsible for promoting universal adherence to the convention while ensuring the implementation of the convention by the member states and the newly adopted Oslo Action Plan during its presidency in the coming 12 months. Additionally, Sudan will preside over the 18th Meeting of States Parties in November 2020 in Geneva.

During the review conference, H.E. Lt. Gen Jamal Aldin Omar, Minister of Defence, highlighted Sudan’s commitment towards the obligations under the Convention and appreciated support from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), donor countries, Implementing Support Unit, INGOs and other mine action partners.

H.E. Osman Abufatima Adam Mohammed, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations in Geneva and the President of the Eighteenth Meeting of States Parties highlighted the six areas that Sudan will focus on during its presidency: universalization of the convention; stockpile destruction; demining; victim assistance; compliance with the convention; funding for the convention’s meetings, and implementation of Oslo Action Plan.

The Republic of Sudan has been a state party to the Ottawa Treaty since 2004, and met Article 4 obligations of destroying all stockpile of Anti-Personnel mines in March 2008. Sudan obtained the second extension to comply with its Article 5 obligations to clear all known landmines by April 2023.

“Thanks to strong coordination between the National Mine Action Centre and UNMAS, and generous contributions from multiple donor countries and Sudan, substantial achievement has been made to release 80 % out of the recorded land affected with explosive ordnance,” says Ms. Son.

“With this, South Kordofan, West Kordofan and Blue Nile states remain affected with landmines and ERW, which will require continuous support from donor and UN community until Sudan meets its obligations under the Convention,” she concludes.


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Mr. Ayman Suliman,


Press Release

UN Opens Applications for Youth Climate Summit in New York,

Announces “Green Tickets” to Recognize Young People Driving Climate Action

 New York, 1 July — Starting today, young people from around the world are formally invited to apply to participate in the United Nations Youth Climate Summit to take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 September.

To recognize the vital role of young people in driving climate action, the UN today announced that it will offer over 100 “Green Tickets” – funded opportunities for young people, in particular from the least developed countries, to participate in the Youth Climate Summit. The Green Ticket will include travel to and from New York – which will be carbon neutral. 

The Youth Climate Summit will bring together young innovators, entrepreneurs, change-makers and activists to showcase their solutions, exchange ideas and grow networks, and take their place on the global stage with decision-makers across governments, business and civil society, in line with the UN Youth Strategy: Youth 2030 launched by the Secretary-General last year.

Young people around the world will also be able to participate in Youth Summit activities from their own communities, through a variety of virtual and digital engagement opportunities, and continue to play their part in driving global climate action.

Applications for the Youth Climate Summit are being accepted from today until 19 July, and all applicants will be considered for a Green Ticket. Youth between 18 and 29 can apply through the Youth Climate Summit website, which also includes information on participation in the Summit for youth under 18, recognizing the powerful role younger people are playing in countries around the world.

“It is inspiring to see the leadership of young people in driving climate actions and solutions,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammad, announcing the Green Tickets and general applications today.

“The Youth Climate Summit is about both recognizing and empowering our youth, and I urge young people from all countries who have a passion for finding climate solutions to apply. It will be an incredible experience, and we need all the talents of our youth on board to have the impact we urgently need.”

The Deputy Secretary-General also invited members of the business community and any others interested in supporting the Green Ticket initiative to contact

Successful Youth Climate Summit applicants, including recipients of Green Tickets, will be selected on the basis of merit – including a demonstrated commitment to climate action and problem-solving – as well as considerations of need. The allocation of Green Tickets will ensure that youth from all regions of the world have an equitable and realistic chance to participate in the Youth Climate Summit.

Applications will be assessed by a panel led by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. The panel will include experts from within the UN and from civil society with experience across the Sustainable Development Goals, reflecting the interdependence of climate action and sustainable development.

The Youth Climate Summit precedes the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, which will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, and comes just a day after the Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike on 20 September, where an unprecedented mobilization of young people from the global south and north is expected to declare the global climate emergency.

The Secretary-General has called upon all leaders to come to the Climate Action Summit with bold actions and a major increase in climate ambition, backed up by concrete plans.

The Green Tickets announcements was made in Abu Dhabi today, where over 1,700 people from more than 160 countries, including youth delegates, gathered for a key preparatory meeting in the build-up to the Climate Action Summit. During the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi meeting the Secretary-General held a live-streamed intergenerational dialogue with youth delegates.

“Having an opportunity to participate has shown me that there are other young people all around the world who share the same passion for climate justice and climate action, and we need action urgently,” said Amelia Radinivugalei, a youth delegate from Fiji participating in the Abu Dhabi meeting.

“Youth are showing us the way on climate action,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Luis Alfonso de Alba. “This week in Abu Dhabi we focused not only on the energy transition, but on the role of youth in climate action. You could say renewable energy is powering both.”

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Follow @ladealba on Twitter for the latest news on the Climate Action Summit.

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Dan Shepard, UN Department of Global Communications, 1 646-675-3286,

Yassamin Ansari, Climate Action Summit Team,


Press Release

Successful UN Environment project contributes to peace and economic recovery in

North Darfur

26 November 2018 – Growing demand and climate change make water among the most pressing challenges the world faces in the 21st century. Sudan is no exception. Climate change is hitting the country hard. As an example, rainfall in El Fasher in North Darfur declined by half over the last decade and the area viable for non-irrigated agriculture is expected to move 100km southwards in the states of North Darfur, North Kordofan, and Kassala.

The first phase of the Wadi El Ku Catchment Management project built sustainable infrastructures to spread seasonal water to a wider area, increased agricultural productivity, reduced erosion, partially reversed the displacement of farmers, improved joint decision-making, and contributed to peace and stability in North Darfur.

The project notably helped triple agricultural productivity in millet and sorghum. When asked, 7 out of 10 people said that their income had increased, which they attributed to the project. “Many parts of Sudan are facing climate-related challenges and we need to replicate such projects in other parts of Sudan,” said H.E. Dr. Osman Mohamed Youssif Kibir, Vice President of Sudan.

“Wadi El Ku – Phase 1 was very successful: three dams and one hafir have been constructed, allowing 1,584 households from 54 villages to cultivate also during part of the dry season. The improved livelihood, the potential for reforestation are a big success and UN Environment and Practical Action, as well as the local authorities and villagers involved should be commended for this achievement,” said H.E. Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond, Head of Delegation, European Union in Sudan.

The new phase will more than triple the area covered by the project, expanding to all communities upstream and downstream of the Wadi El Ku catchment. Consequently, this will be a demonstration project for uptake and replication in Darfur and Sudan in the future. It will also contribute to the overall objective of establishing climate-resilient livelihoods and reducing natural resource conflicts and displacement due to loss of livelihoods in North Darfur.

“Building on a successful first phase, the purpose of this project is to continue to demonstrate how this harmful cycle can be halted and eventually reversed while at the same time rebuilding relationships over natural resources,” said Mr. Atila Uras, UN Environment Country Programme Manager for Sudan.

The second phase of the project will demonstrate interventions that enhance agricultural productivity, improve natural resource management, and strengthen cooperation over natural resources at the community level. With this expansion, our intervention will directly support over 80,000 farming families and provide benefits to around 700,000 people living near the wadi or depending on its water for their livelihoods.

The Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project will also expand the science base on water and natural resources, as well as the inclusive natural resource management system established under the first phase, to serve improved decision-making on water and natural resources across the wider catchment.

On 26 November, in Kafod, North Darfur, amid the environmental degradation and conflict that have faced Wadi El Ku’s people, two thousand people including Sudanese dignitaries and representatives of the international community celebrated the launch of the second phase of the Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project, a four-year commitment funded by the European Union.

The project is implemented by UN Environment in partnership with the government of Sudan, the state government of North Darfur, local-based civil society organizations and local communities. The combined strengths, contributions, and commitment of these partners will continue to ensure positive change and serve as a model for how partnerships can strengthen livelihoods, protect the environment, and contribute to peace in Darfur and Sudan.

About UN Environment

UN Environment is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UN Environment works with governments, the private sector, civil society and with other UN entities and international organizations across the world.

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Sara E. Ahmed, Communications Officer, UN Environment Sudan, +249 90 0940888,


بيان صحفي مشترك

السودان يحتفل باليوم العالمي للبيئة

الخرطوم، 4 يونيو 2018 — أعلن السيد وزير الدولة بوزارة البيئة الموارد الطبيعية والتنمية العمرانية أستاذ عبود جابر سعيد اليوم عن انطلاق فعاليات احتفال السودان باليوم العالمي للبيئة من خلال مؤتمر صحفي عقد اليوم بوكالة السودان للأنباء بمشاركة الدكتور التجاني الشيخ الأصم الأمين العام للمجلس الأعلى للبيئة والترقية الحضرية والريفية بولاية الخرطوم والسيد رافندرا براساد سفير الهند بالسودان والسيد أتيلا أوراس مدير برنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة بالسودان والسيد داشانتا هيوافترن المدير العام للمشروع ممثل دائرة التنمية الدولية البريطانية وممثل كرسي اليونسكو/كوستو لتقنيات البيئة بجامعة المستقبل ومسؤولي المنظمات الوطنية والمؤسسات الأكاديمية وممثلي وسائل الإعلام.

ويمثل اليوم العالمي للبيئة الذي يحتفى به في الخامس من يونيو من كل عام فرصة متاحة لتوسيع قاعدة الرأي المستنير والسلوك المسؤول للأفراد والشركات والمجتمعات في سبيل المحافظة على البيئة، كما أصبح منصة عالمية للتوعية العامة يتم الاحتفال بها على نطاق واسع في أكثر من 100 دولة.

ويأتي الاحتفال هذا العام تحت شعار “التغلب على التلوث البلاستيكي” الذي أصبح من أكبر المهددات البيئية على المستوى العالمي حيث تبلغ كمية النفايات البلاستيكية على مستوى العالم حوالي 6,3 بليون طن في العام. وفي حين أن للبلاستيك استخدامات قيمة وعديدة، فقد أصبحنا نعتمد بصورة أكبر على البلاستيك الذي يستخدم لمرة واحدة أو غير القابل للاستعمال مرة أخرى الأمر الذي تترتب عليه عواقب بيئية وخيمة.

وفي كلمته في المؤتمر الصحفي أشار الأستاذ عبود جابر سعيد وزير الدولة بوزارة البيئة والموارد الطبيعية والتنمية العمرانية الى “أن التلوث البلاستيكي يعد من أخطر المهددات البيئية في السودان في الوقت الراهن وذلك نسبة لانتشار النفايات البلاستيكية بصورة كبيرة داخل المدن والارياف والمناطق الزراعية علاوة على تلوث الانهار وبيئة البحر الاحمر بهذه الملوثات الامر الذي يهدد الانتاج المستدام والموارد البيئية التي يعتمد عليها السودان والتي يعيش عليها مالا يقل عن 70 %من السكان وما يترتب على ذلك من تأثيرات اقتصادية وبيئية وصحية وامنية تستنزف الكثير من الجهد والموارد المالية والبشرية.”

وأشاد السيد سعيد بتجربة الكثير من الولايات بالسودان التي اصدرت العديد من التشريعات التي تعمل على الحد من انتشار التلوث البلاستيكي، مشيراً الى تواصل الجهود لتطبيق وتنفيذ ومتابعة هذه القرارات الصديقة للبيئة، داعيا الى تضافر الجهود واستيعاب الشركاء من منظمات المجتمع المدني ومؤسسات الدولة والتعليم العالي ومراكز البحوث والجهات العدلية والامنية للحد من هذه المخاطر البيئية ولضمان بيئة سودانية خالية من التلوث البلاستيكي.

وذكر السيد أتيلا أوراس مدير برنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة بالسودان أن “يوم العالمي للبيئة هو أهم أيام الأمم المتحدة لتشجيع الوعي والعمل على مستوى العالم لحماية بيئتنا. ومنذ أن بدأ الاحتفال بهذا اليوم في عام 1974 ، أصبح منصة عالمية للتوعية العامة حيث يتم الاحتفال به على نطاق واسع في أكثر من 100 دولة بما في ذلك السودان. ويوم البيئة العالمي قبل كل شيء هو يوم لكل الناس للقيام بعمل للعناية بالأرض، ويمكن أن يتمحور هذا العمل محليا أو وطنيا أو عالميا، ويمكن أن يكون عملاً فرديا أو جماعي ا.ً” وأشار السيد أوراس الى حرص السودان ومنذ سنوات على الاحتفال بيوم البيئة العالمي في الخرطوم وولايات دارفور والبحر الأحمر، حيث يتم تنظيمه بشكل جماعي بين الحكومة والمؤسسات الأكاديمية والمجتمع المدني والقطاع الخاص.

وقال الدكتور التجاني الشيخ الأصم الأمين العام للمجلس الأعلى للبيئة والترقية الحضرية والريفية بولاية الخرطوم أن “الإحتفال باليوم العالمي للبيئة هذا العام يجيء تحت شعار “التغلب على التلوث البلاستيكي” متزامنا مع انفاذ قانون ضبط تصنيع وتداول أكياس البلاستيك بمعيارية مناسبة للكيس بمعدل ) 60 ( ميكرون فما فوق لضمان الاستخدام وتماشيا مع برتكولات محاور اتفاقية المناخ واستراتيجية الولاية لتقرير البرامج البيئية والصحية

ومن جانبه أشاد السيد داشانتا هيوافترن ممثل دائرة التنمية الدولية البريطانية باهتمام السيد وزير البيئة والموارد الطبيعية والتنمية العمرانية الدكتور حسن عبد القادر هلال ووزارته بتقديم الدعوة للجهات المشاركة في احتفالية هذا العام ودعوتهم للعمل بشكل جماعي. وأضاف قائلا “أن دائرة التنمية الدولية البريطانية، ادراكا منها بتعرض السودان لتغير المناخ باعتباره أحد التحديات الرئيسية التي تواجه مستقبل التنمية في السودان، فإنها تعمل مع برنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة على دعم الحكومة والشركاء الدوليين لتضمين الإدارة الجيدة للبيئة والنُهج الذكية للمناخ ضمن السياسات والخطط وتصميم المشاريع وتقديمها.” وأشار الى التاريخ الطويل للمملكة المتحدة في دعم برامج المناخ والبيئة في السودان وتعهد بالاستمرار في دعم السودان لمواجهة هذا التحدي.

وأفادت السيدة رجاء بانقا موسى ممثل كرسي اليونسكو/كوستو لتقنيات البيئة بأن الاحتفال باليوم العالمي يخدم العديد من اهداف الكرسي والتي تتمثل في بناء الشبكات الوطنية والتواصل مع اصحاب المصلحة والنظراء، الي جانب الوعي البيئي للجمهور وربط المجتمع المحلي بالأحداث العالمية وتوجه دعوة لجميع الناس للمشاركة والتعاون في الحد من النفايات البلاستيكية لما لها من مخاطر بيئية وصحية وخيمة

وتتضمن الأنشطة في إطار الاحتفال باليوم العالمي للبيئة معارض وحملات إعلامية ينظمها الشركاء بهدف تسليط الضوء على الكيفية التي يمكننا بها الحد من العبء الثقيل للتلوث البلاستيكي على أماكننا الطبيعية وحياتنا البرية وصحتنا.

Joint Press Release

Sudan Celebrates World Environment Day

Khartoum, 4 June 2018 – The State Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Planning, Mr. Aboud Jaber Saeed, announced today the launch of Sudan’s celebrations of World Environment Day at a joint press conference held today at Sudan News Agency with Ambassador of India to the Sudan Mr. Ravindra Prasad Jaisw , Director of the United Nations Environment in the Sudan Mr. Atila Uras, and the Head of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development in Sudan Mr. Dashanta Hewavaitrine Senior programme Manager, in addition to representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations, UNESCO/Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair at Future University , Academic institutions and the media.

World Environment Day, marked worldwide every year on 5 June each year, provides an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. The Day t has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries.

This year’s theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” Plastic pollution has become one of the world’s greatest environmental threats, with a world-wide plastic waste volume of 6.3 billion tons per year. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.

In his speech at the press conference, the State Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development, Mr. Aboud Jaber Saeed, pointed out that “plastic pollution is one of the most dangerous environmental threats in Sudan at the present time. This is due to the high prevalence of plastic waste in cities, which threatens the sustainable production and environmental resources on which the Sudan depends and where at least 70% of the population live, a fact which has negative economic, environmental, health and security consequences that drain a lot of efforts and financial and human resources “.

Mr. Saeed praised the good practice by many states in the Sudan, adopting legislations that help curbing the spread of plastic pollution, pointing to the continued efforts to implement and follow up these environmentally friendly decisions. He called for concerted efforts and engagement of partners from civil society organizations, state institutions, higher education and research centres and judicial and security bodies to reduce these environmental risks and to ensure a Sudanese environment free of plastic pollution.

“World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment,” said Mr. Atila Uras, United Nations Environment Country Programme Manager in Sudan, adding that “since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries, including Sudan.”Mr. Uras pointed out that for years, the Day has been celebrated all over Sudan – from Khartoum to Darfur and

the Red Sea state. It has been collectively organized among government, academic, civil society and the private sector.

The Secretary-General of the Higher Council of Environment Urban and Rural Promotion in Khartoum State, Dr. Altigani Alsheikh Alasam, said World Environment Day this year comes under the theme of

“Beat Plastic Pollution” in conjunction with the enforcement of the law to regulate the manufacturing and circulation of plastic bags with a suitable standard for the bag at a rate of 60 microns and above to ensure use in compliance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the State’s Strategy for Environmental and Health Programs.”

For his part, the Head of UK’s Department for International Development acknowledged the leadership of the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Urban Development Dr. Hassan Abdul Qader Hilal and his ministry for bringing together all partners in this year’s celebration. Recognizing the Sudan’s vulnerability to climate change as one of the key challenges facing Sudan’s future development, the DFID is working with UNEP to support the government and international partners to include good environmental management and smart climate approaches within policies, plans and project design. And provide them. ” He referred to the long history of the United Kingdom in supporting climate and environment programs in Sudan and pledged to continue supporting Sudan to meet this challenge.

Noting that Sudan is highly vulnerable to climate change and climate variability which represents a fundamental challenge and future constraint to development, he pointed out to DFID’s with UN Environment aimed at supporting government and international partners to embed good environmental governance and climate smart approaches within policies, planning, project design and delivery. Mr. Dashanta Hewavaitrine added that “UK has long history of supporting climate and environment programmes in Sudan and will continue to support Sudan to tackle this challenge.

Ms. Raja Banga Moussa, representative of the UNESCO / COUSTEAU Ecotechnie Chair ,said that the celebration of the World Day serves many Tasks of the Chair’s objectives: building national networks, communicating with stakeholders and peers, environmental awareness of the public and linking the local community to global events.

The activities marking World Environment Day includes exhibitions, contests and campaigns that bring together various partners to focus attention on how to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife and our own health


Joint Press Release

Government of Sweden and  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sudan

Khartoum, January 14, 2018 – Sweden and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sudan have signed today an agreement to progress the UNFPA Country Program (2018-2021). It aims at contributing to the reduction of maternal mortality, improving sexual and reproductive health and the promotion of women’s empowerment in Sudan. The generous contribution from the Government of Sweden totals SEK 45,000,000 (approximately USD 5,300,000) over a three-year period.

This agreement is in line with Sweden’s new five-year strategy for development cooperation with Sudan, which was signed off in December 2017. It also addresses Sudan’s priorities, outlined in the country’s Strategic Development Plan (2017-2021), and national efforts to achieve targets set under Sustainable Development Goals 3 (good health and well-being) and 5 (gender equality). More specifically, the strategic interventions aim to progress achievements made through the Sudan ‘10 in 5’ Strategy, the Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescents’ Health Strategy (2016-2030) and the Women’s Empowerment Policy, updated in 2016.

The agreement will be implemented in partnership with government ministries and institutions, civil society organizations, academia and communities. Coordination mechanisms, monitoring tools and accountability systems will be established to ensure effective, timely and quality results delivery.

Ms. Lina Mousa, UNFPA Sudan Representative, expressed her gratitude to the Swedish Government for the generous support that represents a substantial contribution to the funding of the new program. She also acknowledged the Government of Sudan for its strategic approach that considers women’s empowerment and reproductive health among key national development priorities.

H.E. Mr. Hans Lundquist, the Swedish Ambassador: “UNFPA is a very important partner for Sweden globally. UNFPA’s work in Sudan, with a particular focus on women, girls and young people, is aligned with the Government of Sweden’s aid policy priorities as well as its feminist foreign policy.


بيان صحفي مشترك
اليابان تساهم في أعمال الأمم المتحده لمكافحة الألغام في السودان لتمكينها من إزاله الألغام والتوعية بمخاطرالألغام ومساعدة الضحايا

(الخرطوم، 3 مارس 2016: قررت حكومة اليابان تقديم مساهمة بـقيمة 2.1 مليون دولار لبرنامج خدمة الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الألغام ، للأعمال الإنسانية المتعلقه بالألغام ، بالتنسيق مع المركز القومي لمكافحة الألغام بجمهورية السودان. وبالنظر للهدف من الحد من المعاناة وإنقاذ الأرواح، فإن هذه المساهمة ستمكن خدمة الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الألغام من مسح وإزالة الألغام الأرضية والمتفجرات الخطرة في كل من ولايات كسلا والبحر الأحمر وجنوب كردفان والنيل الأزرق. وأكد السيد حبيب الحق جاويد، مدير برنامج خدمة الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الألغام في السودان أن هذه المساهمة كبيرة وفي غاية الأهمية حيث ستمكن الأمم المتحدة من مواصلة عملها الأساسي، ونحن نتوقع أن تسهم في نظافة أكثر من 1.5 مليون متر مربع من الأراضي

النص الكامل للبيان الصحفي

Joint Press Release
Japan Contributes to UN Mine Action Work in Sudan Enabling Clearance, Risk Education and Victim Assistance Work

(Khartoum, 03 March 2016): The Government of Japan has decided to contribute USD 2.1 million to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for humanitarian mine action work, in coordination with the Sudan National Mine Action Center, in the Republic of Sudan. Aimed at reducing suffering and saving lives, this contribution will enable UNMAS to survey and clear landmines and explosive hazards in the States of Kassala, Red Sea, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. “This is a very important and significant contribution that enables the United Nations to continue its essential work. We expect to release more than 1.5 million square meters of land,” stated Mr. Habibulhaq Javed, the UNMAS Programme Manager in Sudan.

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WFP Press Release
16 February 2016

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a
contribution of GB£2.2 million (approximately US$3.2 million) from the United Kingdom’s
Department for International Development (DFID) for the launch of a cash assistance
programme in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The contribution will allow WFP to provide cash assistance for nine months to 25,000
displaced people in selected parts of Darfur. Using cash distribution mechanisms that are
currently available in Darfur, WFP will transfer 52 Sudanese Pounds (approximately US$8.6)
per person. People benefiting from this assistance will be able to buy food from designated
shops participating in WFP’s cash and vouchers programme.

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Prioritizing Darfur: State of Qatar, Darfur Regional Authority and the UN Announce the Kick Start of Foundational and Short Term (FaST) activities in Darfur

Khartoum, February 16th 2016 – The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) on behalf of the Government of Sudan, and the United Nations signed today project documents totaling $88,500,000 million (eighty eight million 500 thousand dollars) announcing the initiation of the Foundational and Short Term (FaST) activities covering 5 States of Darfur supported through the United Nations Fund for Recovery, Reconstruction and Development in Darfur Fund (UNDF) by the Qatar Development Fund (QDF), State Of Qatar over a period of 18 months. The total funding requirement for the FaST activities is US$ 177.4 million of which the State of Qatar contributed US$ 88.5 million (approximately equivalent to 50%).

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إعطاء الأولوية لدارفور: دولة قطر وسلطة دارفور الإقليمية والأمم المتحدة يطلقون أنشطة المشاريع التأسيسية قصير الأجل بدارفور

الخرطوم، 16 فبراير 2016: وقعت سلطة دارفور الإقليمية بالإنابة عن حكومة السودان مع الأمم المتحدة اليوم وثائق مشاريع بتكلفة كلية بلغت 88,500,000 مليون دولار (ثمانية وثمانون مليون وخمسمائة الف دولار أمريكي)معلنين بذلك عن بدء إنطلاق الأنشطة التأسيسية قصيرة الأجل التي تغطي ولايات دارفور الخمس وذلك عبر صندوق الأمم المتحدة للإنتعاش وإعادة التعمير والتنمية في دارفور بدعم من صندوق قطر للتنمية لفترة تمتد ثمانية عشر شهر. تبلغ تكلفة المطلوبات التمويلية للانشطة السريعة 177.4 مليون دولار ساهمت منها قطر بمبلغ 88.5 مليون دولار، أي ما يعادل 50% تقريباً

النص الكامل للبيان الصحفي

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Sudan

The Secretary-General expresses his concern over the parties’ deadlock over the issue of the establishment of 28 states, and their failure to meet the 22 January deadline to establish the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan.

He stresses that the formation of the Transitional Government is an essential step in implementing the peace agreement and laying the foundation for peace and stability in the country.

The Secretary-General calls on the parties to overcome their differences. He encourages the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Union member states to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming African Union summit to address the political impasse that is impeding the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

The Secretary-General reaffirms that the United Nations will continue to do all it can to support the people of South Sudan who continue to be subjected to unimaginable suffering and human rights abuses, as they have been since the beginning of the conflict over two years ago.

New York, 25 January 2016

إيطاليا تساهم في عمل الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الألغام في السّودان
إنطلاق الدّعم الذي يمكّن من إزالة الألغام والتوعية بمخاطرها عاجلاً

الخرطوم، 21 يناير 2016: قدّمت الحكومة الإيطالية 250,000 يورو لدائرة الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الألغام من أجل أعمال مكافحة الألغام للأغراض الأنسانية في السّودان. سيمكّن الدّعم دائرة الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الألغام من بدء مشروع هام يرمي للحد من الإصابات بين السّكان السّودانيين والعاملين في الحقل الإنساني في ولاية كسلا. ستقوم دائرة الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الألغام بمسح، وإزالة وتدمير الألغام الأرضية والمواد الملوّثة الأخرى وإطلاق حملة للتوعية بمخاطر الألغام تستهدف السّكان المتأثّرين

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Italy Contributes to UN Mine Action Work in Sudan
Support Enables Clearance and Risk Education Work to Get Underway Immediately

Khartoum, 21 January 2016: The Government of Italy gave EUR 250,000 to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for humanitarian mine action work in Sudan. The support will enable UNMAS to commence an important project aimed at reducing casualties among the Sudanese population and humanitarian field workers in the Kassala province. UNMAS will survey, clear and destroy landmines and other contamination, and undertake a risk education campaign targeting affected populations.

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بيان صحفي
بان كي مون: الفجوة في تمويل العمل الإنساني مشكلة قابلة للحل

دبي، 17 يناير 2016: أعرب الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بان كي مون عن شكره لفريق الخبراء رفيع المستوى المعني بشؤون تمويل الأعمال الإنسانية عقب تلقيه تقرير الفريق حول سبل إيجاد حلول للفجوة الآخذة في التوسع بين العدد المتزايد للمحتاجين للعون الانساني وبين الموارد المتوفرة للإغاثة

و التقى الأمين العام خلال الحدث الذي نظم لإطلاق التقرير تحت عنوان “ذو أهمية كبرى لا تحتمل الفشل – جسر الفجوة في تمويل العمل الإنساني” بأعضاء الفريق موجها لهم الشكر الجزيل على جهودهم الى جانب مناقشته توصياتهم المتعلقة بكيفية معالجة مشكلة النقص في التمويل الذي يقدر بنحو 15 مليار دولار أمريكي

وقال الأمين العام خلال اللقاء: طلبتُ من الفريق خلال شهر مايو من العام الماضي تحديد السبل الكفيلة بجسر الهوة القائمة بين الاحتياجات المتزايدة والموارد المتاحة لتلبية تلك الاحتياجات”. وأضافً: “طلبتُ من االفريق أيضاً العمل على إيجاد حلول من شأنها جعل تمويل العمل الإنساني أكثر ملائمة من حيث توقيته والقدرة عللى التنبؤ والاستعداد والبحث عن طرق استغلال الموارد بصورة أكثر كفاءة

وتعليقاً على عمل الفريق، صرح الأمين العام قائلاً: منذ شروع أعضاء الفريق في عملهم، استمرت وتيرة ارتفاع الحاجة للمساعدات الإنسانية بصورة كبيرة نظراً لأننا قد بتنا نعيش في عصر الأزمات الكبرى، إلا أن مشكلة الثغرات الموجودة في تمويل العمل الإنساني قابلة للحل وهو ما وضحه وأظهره هذا التقرير بصورة جلية

وواصل حديثه بالقول: كما يوضح عنوان التقرير، فأننا ببساطة لا نستطيع أن نفشل في هذه المهمة إطلاقاً. نحن بحاجة إلى تفكير جديد وأن تكون لدينا العزيمة اللازمة لاتخاذ قرارات جريئة، وأنا أعتقد أن الفريق قد استغل الفرصة أحسن استغلال ونجح في إيصال هذه الرسالة، لذا فإنني أود توجيه الشكر إليه على هذه المساهمة القيمة التي قدمها من أجل تحديد أولويات مؤتمر القمة العالمية للعمل الإنساني المقرر عقده في مدينة اسطنبول في مايو المقبل

وأضاف قائلاً: في غضون أسابيع قليلة، سأقوم بنشر تقريري ورؤيتي لأجندة العمل الإنساني وسأبني على ما جاء في هذا التقرير الممتاز الذي يتم إطلاقه اليوم
ومن الجدير بالذكر أن التقرير يركز على ثلاثة جوانب تساهم في معالجة مشكلة الفجوة التمويلية، وهي: تقليص الحاجة للمساعدات الانسانية، وتنمية قاعدة الموارد التمويلية المتاحة، وتحسين الكفاءة من خلال عمل ما يُعرف باسم “الصفقة الكبرى” بين الشركاء الرئيسيين في منظومة العمل الإنساني

ومن بين التوصيات التي وردت في التقرير ما يلي

إعادة تعريف معايير الأهلية المعتمدة لدى المؤسسة الدولية للتنمية التابعة للبنك الدولي بغية ربط التمويل الإنساني بالمحتاجين من فئة الأفراد بدلاً من الدول إلى جانب زيادة الفرص المتاحة للبلدان ذات الدخل المتوسط

تخصيص نسبة أكبر من المساعدات الإنمائية الرسمية وتوجيهها مباشرة للحالات التي تتسم بالهشاشة وحالات الطوارئ الطويلة الأمد بما يسمح لها اكتساب القدرة على التكيّف والحد من أسباب الضعف والهشاشة

مضاعفة نافذة المؤسسة الدولية للتنمية للاستجابة للأزمات وتوسيع قدرة مؤسسات تمويل الأعمال الإنمائية الأخرى على تمويل حالات الطوارئ

ينبغي على الحكومات الاشتراك بشكل طوعي في برنامج “ضريبة التضامن” خلال مؤتمر القمة العالمية للعمل الإنساني من أجل تمويل المساعدات الإنسانية

توجيه مصادر التمويل الاجتماعي الإسلامي ومصادر التمويل الأخرى نحو المساهمة في القضايا الإنسانية

التزام المانحين وهيئات الإغاثة سوياً بتعديل ممارساتهم العملية وفقاً لمفهوم الصفقة الكبرى

وكان الفريق قد أجرى مقابلات مع كافة أطراف منظومة العمل الإنساني بما في ذلك لقاءات مع الأشخاص المتضررين في مناطق الصراعات المستمرة

وقد صرح المسؤولان المشرفان على إصدار التقرير وهما كريستالينا جورجييفا، نائب رئيس المفوضية الأوروبية (بلغاريا)، والسلطان نازرين شاه، حاكم ولاية بيراك الماليزية، بقولهما: “نقطة البداية التي انطلقنا منها كانت مبنية على الحقائق والأرقام الصادمة التي تشير إلى وجود 125 مليون محتاج على مستوى العالم في مقابل انفاق 25 مليار دولار سنوياً على مساعدتهم، إلا أنه بالرغم من ذلك تبقى الاحتياجات تفوق الموارد المتاحة”

وأضاف المسؤولان: “يعتبر مبلغ 15 مليار دولار مبلغاً كبيراً، إلا أنه من المفترض أن لايكون تأمين مبلغ كهذا أمراً صعب المنال في عالمٍ يصل الناتج المحلي الإجمالي فيه ما يقارب 78 تريليون دولار. من جهة أخرى، من شأن سد الفجوة التمويلية الحيلولة دون موت البشر والقضاء على نمط الحياة الذي يفقد فيه الإنسان كرامته بسبب ضيق ذات اليد، إلى جانب كونه نصراً للإنسانية في وقت تشتد فيه الحاجة إلى مثل هذا النصر”

وواصلا حديثهما بالقول: “يتمثل طموحنا حالياً في المضي قدماً بهذا التقرير لكي تكون منظومة العمل الإنساني الدولي مشاركة بقوة وبشكل فعلي في إجراء التغييرات اللازمة للوفاء بمتطلبات الفئات المحتاجة بصورة دائمة بوقت يتوافق مع حلول موعد انعقاد القمة العالمية للعمل الإنساني”

تجدر الإشارة إلى أن رئاسة فريق الخبراء تتم مناصفة بين السيدة كريستالينا جورجييفا نائب رئيس المفوضية الأوروبية (بلغاريا) وصاحب السمو الملكي السلطان ناظرين شاه حاكم ولاية بيراك (ماليزيا)، ويضم الفريق في عضويته كلاً من السيدة هديل إبراهيم (المملكة المتحدة)، المدير التنفيذي لمؤسسة محمد إبراهيم، والسيد بدر جعفر (الإمارات العربية المتحدة)، الرئيس التنفيذي لمجموعة الهلال، والسيد وولت ماكني (كندا)، نائب رئيس شركة ماستركارد العالمية، والسيد تريفور مانويل (جنوب أفريقيا)، كبير مستشاري مجموعة روتشيلد، والسيدة لينا موهوهلو (بوتسوانا)، محافظ بنك بوتسوانا، والسيد دانانجايان سريسكندراجاه، (سري لانكا)، الأمين العام لشبكة المجتمع المدني العالمية المعروفة باسم التحالف العالمي من أجل مشاركة المواطنين (CIVICUS)، والسيدة مارغو والستروم (السويد)، وزيرة الخارجية السويدية

وتم إطلاق التقرير برعاية كريمة من صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، نائب رئيس دولة الامارات العربية المتحدة ورئيس مجلس الوزراء وحاكم دبي ، وصاحبة السمو الملكي الأميرة هيا بنت الحسين رئيسة مدينة دبي العالمية للخدمات الإنسانية وحرم حاكم دبي

ويمكن تنزيل التقرير من هذا الرابط

The humanitarian finance gap is a “solvable problem” says Ban Ki-moon

Dubai, 17 January 2016: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked his High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing when he received its report on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.

At a launch event for the report, “Too important to fail – addressing the humanitarian financing gap”, the Secretary-General met with the panellists to thank them for their work and to discuss their recommendations to tackle the estimated US$15 billion shortfall in funding.

”In May last year I asked the panel to identify ways in which the gap between rising needs and the resources available to meet them can be closed,” he said. “I also requested them to work on generating solutions around the issues of more timely and predictable funding, as well as ways in which resources can be used more effectively.

“Since they began their work the needs created by the demand for humanitarian aid have continued to rise dramatically. We are living in the age of the mega-crises. But, as this report clearly demonstrates, the gap in funding is a solvable problem.

“As the report’s title indicates, we simply cannot fail. We need fresh thinking and the determination to take bold decisions. I believe the panel has seized this opportunity and delivered. I want to thank them for this important contribution to shaping the priorities for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May.

“In a few weeks I will publish my report and vision for the future humanitarian agenda. I will build on the excellent report launched today to shape this important thinking.”

The report focuses on three areas to address the funding gap: shrinking the needs, growing the resource base for funding and improving efficiency through a Grand Bargain between key humanitarian partners.

Among its recommendations are:

  • Reclassify the eligibility criteria of the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), so that funding follows people in need and not countries, to enlarge opportunities to MICs.
  • Far higher proportion of official development assistance should be directed to situations of fragility and protracted emergencies, oriented towards building resilience and reducing fragility.
  • Triple the IDA’s Crisis Response Window and expand funding capacity for emergencies in other development finance institutions.
  • Governments should voluntarily sign up to a “solidarity levy” mechanism at the WHS to fund humanitarian aid.
  • Channel Islamic social finance and other instruments to humanitarian causes.
  • Donors and aid organisations to commit jointly to change their working practices in a Grand Bargain.

The panel conducted hundreds of interviews with all parts of the humanitarian ecosystem, including meetings with affected people in ongoing crises.

“Our starting point was the stark facts and figures: 125 million people in need; a record US$25 billion a year going to aid them; but, in spite of that, the needs continuing to outpace resources,” said the report’s Co-Chairs, Kristalina Georgieva and Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, Malaysia.

“A gap of US$15 billion is a lot of money but in a world producing US$78 trillion of GDP it should not be out of reach to find. Closing the gap would mean nobody having to die or live without dignity for lack of money and a victory for humanity at a time when one is greatly needed.

“Our ambition for this report now is to carry it forward, so that by the WHS in Istanbul there will be significant engagement by the global humanitarian system for making the necessary changes which will ensure that the needs of vulnerable people can always be adequately met.”

The High-Level Panel is co-chaired by Kristalina Georgieva, Vice- President of the European Commission, (Bulgaria), and HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, Ruler of Perak (Malaysia). The other panel members are: Hadeel Ibrahim (United Kingdom), Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Badr Jafar (United Arab Emirates), Chief Executive of the Crescent Group; Walt Macnee (Canada), Vice-Chairman of MasterCard Worldwide; Trevor Manuel (South Africa), Senior Adviser to the Rothschild Group; Linah Mohohlo (Botswana), Governor of the Bank of Botswana; Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Sri Lanka), Secretary General of CIVICUS; Margot Wallström (Sweden),Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The report’s launch was generously hosted by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City and wife of the Ruler of Dubai.
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WFP News Release

KHARTOUM, 13 January 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed significant contributions from donors towards the operation in Sudan during 2015 of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).
Timely contributions from the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), and the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland ensured that WFP, which manages UNHAS, continued to provide a vital service to humanitarian staff in the country until the end of 2015.

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244 million international migrants living abroad worldwide, new UN statistics reveal
The number of international migrants has grown faster than the world’s population

New York, 12 January 2016 — The number of international migrants — persons living in a country other than where they were born — reached 244 million in 2015 for the world as a whole, a 41 per cent increase compared to 2000, according to new data presented by the United Nations today. This figure includes almost 20 million refugees.

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UNHCR welcomes the start of asylum application procedures to assist urban refugees in Khartoum

Khartoum, Sudan, 10 Jan 2016 (UNHCR): The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Sudan welcomes the start of refugee status determination (RSD) procedures in Khartoum. The procedures will help urban-based asylum-seekers who qualify to acquire an official refugee status and enjoy access to specific rights.

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بيان صحفى
مفوضية الأمم المتحدة السامية لشؤون اللاجئين ترحب ببدء إجراءات طلبات اللجوء لمساعدة اللاجئين فى المناطق الحضرية فى الخرطوم

الخرطوم ،السودان – 10 يناير (مفوضية الأمم المتحدة السامية لشؤون اللاجئين) : يرحب مكتب مفوضية الأمم المتحدة السامية لشؤون اللاجئين بالسودان بدء إجراءات تحديد وضع اللاجئ فى الخرطوم. وستساعد هذه الاجراءات طالبى اللجوء فى المناطق الحضرية المؤهلين للحصول على صفة لجوء رسمية والوصول الى حقوق معينة

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