provides DDR programme in Sudan with $17 million
8 January 2009 - The Government of Japan signed an agreement
today with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide
1.575 billion yen (about $17 million) in grant assistance to the Disarmament
and Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan.
grant was signed in Khartoum by Mr. Yuichi Ishii, Japanese Ambassador
to Sudan, and Ameerah Haq, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary
General, Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative.
"The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programme will
ensure the fundamentals of peace and stability in Sudan, and pave the
way to sustainable development across the country,” said Ambassador
Ishii. “With this contribution from the people of Japan, we strongly
hope that all parties will make further efforts to overcome challenges
and implement the programme in a timely and smooth manner."
Japan’s grant marks a major contribution to the $385 million in
funding needed to ensure the reintegration of some 180,000 ex-combatants
into civilian life. Showing commitment to Sudan's DDR programme, the Government
of Italy has also contributed €3 million (about $4.1 million) in
call on the donor community to follow the example set by Japan and Italy
to make the necessary resources available to implement DDR,” Ms.
Haq said. “I also urge our partners from the Government of National
Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan, as the leaders and owners
of the DDR process, to ensure that state offices are staffed and operational
as soon as possible so that the DDR programme becomes effectively nationally-owned
Through Japan's contribution, UNDP will support the North Sudan DDR Commission
and Southern Sudan DDR Commission to set up state offices, equip and train
staff at the state level and develop management information systems and
monitor as well as evaluation frameworks. The funds will also be used
to provide economic reintegration opportunities for ex-combatants, including
a significant number of women associated with armed forces and groups
as well as disabled ex-combatants.
Addressing the ceremony, North Sudan DDR Commissioner Dr. Sulafeldeen
Salih said: "I would like to thank Japan for leading the donor community
with this contribution. We, the Sudanese, reiterate our commitment to
implement a DDR programme that would allow us not only to collect weapons
but to help fighters turn themselves into civilians."
Acknowledging Japan's grant, Southern Sudan DDR Commissioner William Deng
Deng said, "DDR is a bridge to peace and development. Japan's contribution
is a boost to this process and will also support the implementation of
the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)."
With support from the international community, a total of 180,000 participants
from North and Southern Sudan stand to benefit from DDR by leaving military
life and reintegrating into society. The DDR programme will be operationally
managed by the North Sudan and Southern Sudan DDR Commissions with technical
and logistical support from UNDP under the overall coordination and oversight
Signed on 9 January 2005, the CPA ended the longest civil war in Africa.
The DDR programme formed a key part of this agreement.
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