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Sudan, UN Sign 4-year Development Assistance Plan

Sudan and UN sign four-year development assistance plan

23 July 2008 - The Sudanese Government today signed an agreement with United Nations agencies operating in the country on a four-year aid plan covering peacebuilding, governance and the rule of law, employment, education and health care as well as other services.

The agreement, known as the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), was signed by representatives of the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan and 18 UN agencies headed by Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator Ameerah Haq.

Ms. Haq said the new agreement, which covers the years 2009 to 2012, "will enable us to move beyond annual planning, and set more ambitious development goals with the help of all our national and international partners. With the endorsement of this planning tool, the UN will spare no effort in helping the country achieve tangible progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)."

"The consolidation of peace and stability in the country remains the ultimate goal of the UNDAF process," she added.

Welcoming the new agreement, Sudan's State Minister of International Cooperation El Elias Nyamlell Wakoson said that it "represents an important step in terms of moving forward jointly with a common vision of our strategic direction in support of the peace process."

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