UNDP responds to humanitarian needs in South Sudan

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has responded to the UN Secretary General’s call for action to respond to the famine crisis and heightened food insecurity in South Sudan with an activation of its crisis response mechanism to boost capacity and resources towards humanitarian and recovery interventions for the vulnerable.

The UNDP South Sudan country office head, Jean-Luc Stalon is supported by UNDP crisis response planning team led by David Clapp, from the Regional Bureau for Africa, and senior officials from the Crisis Response Unit and Bureau for Policy and Program Support.

In a meeting convened, the team met and discussed with the key stakeholders including Governor of Aweil State His Excellency Ronald Ruay Deng; Aweil State Minister of Finance and Public Service Honorable Garang Majak Bol; UNMISS, UNICEF, WFP, UNOCHA, UNFAO, and other development partners

This supporting action of the UNDP was appreciated by the state; a step which has injected a sense of hope amongst the vulnerable communities.

Mr Ruay Deng said “The state is extremely appreciative of UNDP’s support which has injected a sense of hope amongst the vulnerable communities,” said Honourable

Key community infrastructure constructed with support from UNDP has been visited by the mission.

“I am encouraged to visit the newly completed vocational training institute and the community market infrastructure in Aweil, which are key for kick-starting recovery and building resilience through sustainable livelihood opportunities for women and youth in Aweil,” Mr. Stalon remarked.

UNDP has jointly engaged UNICEF, FAO, UNHCR and WFP in advancing on an integrated recovery and resilience-building area-based program to build a wall against the spread of famine in South Sudan. All of these are also to contributing towards a scaled up strategic response. Aweil will serve as one of the first pilot initiatives in a three-pronged approach addressing basic services, social cohesion and reinvigorating the local economy.

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