KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - The UN on Saturday started a three day meeting in Khartoum that started discussing a road map for the UN system to support the transitional government on the development, economic, human rights, humanitarian and peace building tracks in the country
The meeting was inaugurated by Sudan’s new Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, who delivered the key note speech at the opening session of the UN Coordination Meeting, stressing that he expected the UN to play a major role in supporting the process of change and realizing the slogans of the revolution that brought him and his civilian government to power, after 30 years of dictatorship.
“We expect the UN to play a leading role in orchestrating international support and we hope to see a comprehensive approach to this effort,” said Dr. Hamdok, adding that “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.”
Hamdok said the revolution slogan of “Freedom, Peace and Justice” will shape the future of the country adding 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.
A release by the UN office in Khartoum said the current meeting comes as part of the UN continuing efforts to support the people of Sudan. It said at the instruction of the UN secretary General the world body has commenced this meeting “to produce a shared analysis of the current situation in country while exploring key areas that the UN is best placed to support the transitional government.”
It said 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.
Mr. Nicholas Haysom, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Sudan, conveyed the 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 United Nations 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, Ms. 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 release said 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 the Constitutional Declaration in addition to presentations on the transitional government’s vision by H.E. the Prime Minister.
It added that the outcome of the meeting will produce a UN system wide roadmap for future involvements by the United Nations to ensure the success of the transitional government.
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