Norwegian Ambassador to South Sudan Mr. Lars Andersen has today signed two agreements totaling NOK 296 276 625 (Approx. USD 34 766 091) with the United Nations agency for Development Programme (UNDP) to support capacity strengthening and stabilization.
Mr. Lars signed with UNDP-South Sudan Country Director Mr. Kamil Kamaluddeen an agreement worth NOK 242 276 625 (approx.USD 28.4 million) to strengthen capacities of key and strategic national institutions of yet to be established the Revitalized Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU). This support is also, envisioned to strategically equip these selected institutions to spearhead the implementation of reforms as stipulated in the 12 September 2018 agreement (the R-ARCSS). It will encompass key economic governance and accountability institutions with a special focus on Chapter IV of the September 2018 Peace Agreement.
Ambassador Lars also signed off, NOK 54million (approx. USD 6.34 million) agreement to support community-led reconciliation, stabilization and resilience programmes in South Sudan. This support is part of Norway’s contribution to South Sudan Reconciliation, Stabilization and Resilience Trust Fund – a pooled funding along with Sweden and Germany. The funds will provide strategic financing to integrated programmes that reduces drivers of conflict and develop peaceful and eventually self-reliant communities.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by South Sudan’s senior government officials including; minister of labor, public services and human resources development, deputy minister of finance and economic planning, representatives from other UN agencies and UNDP staffers.