a Sustainable Sudan:
June 6th, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Sudan
hosted a high level video conference between Sudan’s delegation
to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio + 20 and UNDP
advisors Frank Pinto, lead consultant on Climate Change and Development
and Stephen Gitonga, Acting Chief, Sustainable Energy Unit in New York.
The videoconference is just one part of UNDP’s broad-based support
to the Government in its preparations for the upcoming summit, which also
includes consultations, workshops, media and communication and preparations
of technical papers and national position.In attendance at UNDP Sudan’s
Country Office were the Minster of Environment, Forestry and Physical
Development, H.E. Mr. Hassan Abdel Gadir Hilal, Resident and Humanitarian
Coordinator, Resident Representative of the UNDP Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari,
UNDP Deputy Country Director Programme Mr. Amin Sharkawi, Undersecretary
– Ministry of Environment Mr. Babiker Abdalla Ibrahim, and Dr. Anshu
Banerjee Representative World Health Organization (WHO) in Sudan. More
than 15 participants from government institutions and Sudanese civil society
participated in the event, engaging in the robust discussions seeking
advice on approach, implementation and the way forward.
his welcoming remarks, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Physical
Development Mr. Hilal, commended UNDP's assistance to the Sudan delegation
in the drafting of 16 papers to be presented at the conference by saying,
“Thank you for your help. I hope we can make use of the knowledge
and experience that you will share with us. We want to leave Rio with
lots of benefits to this country because Sudan is suffering from land
degradation, desertification and drought. These are our main enemies for
achieving sustainable development."
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