UNDP hosts mine action lessons learned workshop “strong commitment needed to make Sudan free of landmines by 2014”
Khartoum – The landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) clearance assets developed in the form of Joint Integrated Demining Units have cleared 446 kilometre-long Babanusa-Wau railway line and more than 1,650 km of high priority roads in central and Eastern states of the country. This was stated at the Mine Action Capacity Development Lessons Learned Workshop, held here today. The aim of the workshop was to review and capture lessons learned in the field of mine action capacity development and come up with recommendations and priorities for future mine action capacity needs.
Over the past five years, in partnership with donor community and other relevant bodies, UNDP has been providing technical and financial assistance to Sudan, both at the level of the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan to build the capacities of the national mine action authorities to address the landmine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) contamination in a cost effective and sustainable manner. As a result of this support, the management of the national mine action authorities is now actively and fully engaged in the planning, coordination, priority setting, accreditation, quality assurance, reporting and oversight of mine action operations.
The workshop was attended by more than 30 participants from National Mine Action Centre, Southern Sudan Demining Authority and the UN Mine Action Office and UNDP.
In his closing remarks at the Workshop, H.E Dr. Mutrif Siddig Ali, State Minster of Humanitarian Affairs thanked UNDP for its valuable technical and financial support over the past five years in building indispensable mine action management and operations capacities in the Sudan. “We need these capacities to continue to address the landmine/ERW contamination problem in the long term”, he said. While reiterating the commitment of the Government of the Sudan to mine action, the Minister appreciated the support from the international donor community in this regard. He urged the donor community to continue to support Sudan in its efforts to realize its vision of Sudan free from the threat of landmines/ERW by 2014.
n his remarks, Mr. Claudio Caldarone, UNDP Country Director in Sudan, described the landmine/ERW contamination as a long term challenge in the Sudan, one that requires long term and high level commitment from the Government of the Sudan and the donor community for the development of cost effective and sustainable national capacities. While thanking the donors who have generously supported UNDP over the past five years in this endeavour, Mr. Caldarone hoped that the national mine action authorities and other mine action organizations working in the Sudan will benefit from the lessons captured by this workshop and its recommendations.
At the end of the workshop, H.E Dr. Mutrif Siddig Ali presented Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Claudio Caldarone in recognition of the UNDP’s support to developing indispensible national mine action capacities.
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