Broadening Darfur’s Peacebuilding Platform: GOS Contributes a total of SDG 6.4 Million to promote the Darfur Internal Dialogue Consultations (DIDC) ProjectMar 16, 2016
Khartoum, March 16, 2016 – Amongst the presence of key national partners, international community and official representatives from Sudan Presidency’s office, the Federal Minister of Finance Mr. Badraddeen Mahmoud on behalf of the Government of Sudan -signed today the first cost sharing agreement with UNDP to support the Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultations project (DIDC) with a total contribution of SDG 6.4 million (equivalent to USD 2 million.)
DIDC is one of the critical components of the Doha Peace Agreement (DDPD) and remains a corner stone to solicit the opinions of Darfur communities. The Government of Sudan has shown extreme commitment to the DIDIC process in the same spirit of the national dialogue.
Acknowledging the Darfur-wide internal dialogue and consultations, the DIDC’s significance stems from its impact in promoting inter-tribal and inter-communal peace, reconciliation and harmonious co-existence in the states of Darfur by addressing key issues such as resource-based tribal clashes through an inclusive and continuous multi-stakeholder engagement. The government of Sudan has honored its pledge to support the DIDC process to achieve evident peace and amplify trust amongst the people of Darfur.
The DIDC process is facilitated by the DIDC implementation Committee headed by Mr. Siddig Adam Abdullah who expressed sincere appreciation to the State of Qatar for sponsoring the DDPD and to UNAMID, The Arab League, Darfur Peace Office and the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) by stating “We shall continue the process of implementing the DIDC project, which will soon cover all the remaining localities.”
Mr. Siddig Adam further stated “I have felt our joint responsibility to adopt dialogue as the only means to address the issues and conflicts in this part of our country. This generous government contribution affirms the keenness of the officials in the state to achieve security and stability in Darfur, as part of their commitment towards implementation of the Doha agreement which is part of the national constitution. This agreement is owned by all Darfurians who contributed to its formulation. It has brought real gains and benefits to Darfurians and they I think they should support it”.
Primarily supported by UNAMID, the African Union and the State of Qatar -as stipulated in the relevant Security Council resolution- the Darfur Internal Dialogue Consultations project has lead a series of dialogues that were held at various levels throughout Darfur since its launch in January 2015 in El Fasher.
From January to April 2015, a total of 77 DIDC Outreach and Public Awareness meetings took place in the 64 localities of the Darfur region, and from June to October 2015, 21 locality-level dialogue and consultation meetings were held in addition, four dialogue and consultation meetings were held in Khartoum in December 2015.
These meetings and internal dialogues, provided an opportunity for Darfurians to engage in open and transparent dialogue on the root causes of conflict in the region, and to propose measures to ensure long-term peace, security and development of the region in accordance with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).
Mr. Martin Uhomoibhi, the Joint Special Representative of UNAMID affirmed “As one of the facilitators of the DIDC process, I commend the Government for releasing part of the contribution it pledged in accordance with Article 76 of the DDPD. Mr. Martin further stressed the importance of its support both financially and politically “Over the last fourteen months the DIDC process has been conducted in an inclusive and constructive manner, enabling participants to engage in dialogue about the issues that have caused and exacerbated the conflict in Darfur, as well as discussing their aspirations for the future of the region. I commend the people of Darfur for enthusiastically participating in the process so far.” Mr. Martin further called on to the international community to emulate this example by offering financial contributions to the DIDC process.
Dr. Tijani Al-Sisi head of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) thanked the Government of Sudan for fulfilling its pledge towards the DIDC process and the State of Qatar for their continuous support to the development of Darfur.
Mr. Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Country Director UNDP endorsed the importance of the DIDC process in establishing peace and stability in the region by stating “The contribution arrived in a time when the national dialogue process is ongoing, as well as the referendum in Darfur. “ he said.
UNDP is supporting DDPD directly through the Darfur Development Strategy and has been committed to support the process, which is evident in the results that were produced. UNDP will continue to support DIDC Implementation Committee and UNAMID to ensure that the process is implemented successfully.
“Darfur has most porous borders with neighboring countries” Mr. Selva added “ Peace has been plagued by ongoing clashes and hostilities, the challenge now is to turn evidence into action, to create a safer future for the next generation of the Darfurians”.
Mr. Selva further highlighted the successful collaboration and thriving partnership that enabled the second phase of DIDC to take place. He also thanked State of Qatar in entrusting UNDP to support key organizations implementing the process and the Government of Sudan for investing trust in UNDP to deliver this support.
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