UN, Norwegian project to support South Sudan peace efforts

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

July 16th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A joint United Nations, Norwegian project will support efforts in South Sudan aimed at the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement signed in September 2018 by the government and various opposition groups.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway announced that a $28.3 million worth project known as Governance and Economic Management Support (GEMS) will provide support to institutions created by the revitalized peace agreement and improve service delivery during the transitional period due to commence in November.

The project, Norwegian Ambassador to South Sudan Lars Andersen said, will also support efforts aimed at reconciliation as well as building trust among the people of South Sudan and also do the same for stabilization process.

“The Governance and Economic Management Support Project and the additional contribution to the South Sudan Reconciliation, Stabilization and Resilience Trust Fund will support the implementation of the peace agreement in two different ways: one is by providing support to stabilization efforts and various activities to reconcile communities and to build resilience; and, through GEMS, provide key institutions in the Government with the capacity they need to transform the public service and to provide government functions that can deliver on the peace agreement,” Lars Andersen said.

For his part, the United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative in Juba Kamil Kamaluddeen said it is imperative to support the R-ARCSS institutions in terms of capacity-building and enhanced service delivery so that the people of South Sudan enjoy peace at last.

“Strengthening the right institutions with the right systems and capacities to deliver services to the people, with quality and integrity, is key to ensure that the future the people of South Sudan desire – of peace, stability and prosperity – is achieved,” he said.


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