Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

21 February 2013

Sudan: UN Forum - Civilian Protection, DDPD Implementation in Darfur

El-Fasher — UNAMID and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) held a meeting in El-Fasher, North Darfur's capital, at the Mission's headquarters on 19 February, a UNAMID press release reads.

The two main focuses during the summit were the strengthening of mechanisms to protect civilians and joint initiatives to support the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

In the event participants discussed about "ways to engage with different stakeholders in support of the Doha Donor's Conference for development in Darfur, (...) and the Darfur Joint Assessment Mission's evaluation and submission of projects for immediate implementation in Darfur", as quoted in a Mission's statement.

In addition, they welcomed the recent temporary ceasefire agreement between the Sudanese government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) splinter group within the DDPD framework.

The parties also agreed to develop a humanitarian access mechanism for Darfur, including a larger UNCT-UNAMID presence in the deep field and "revisited" the issue of humanitarian access to Darfur by UNCT and Sudan's international partners.

The event was co-chaired by UNAMID Acting Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator a.i. Aichatou Mindaoudou and UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Sudan Ali Al-Za'tari.

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