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Monday, 08 April 2013

UNIDO supports international community efforts on reconstruction and development in Darfur

DOHA, 8 April 2013 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today reconfirmed its commitment to assist in the sustainable economic recovery of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA). 

Speaking at the international donor conference in Qatar, UNIDO representative in Sudan, Khaled El Mekwad, said: “UNIDO is ready and committed to assist the DRA towards its sustainable economic recovery.”

“UNIDO seizes this opportunity to welcome the establishment of the UN financial facility supporting reconstruction in Darfur,” said El Mekwad.

“We look forward to cooperating closely with the international community, donor agencies, UNAMID, and all development partners, in working towards the sustainable economic recovery and peace of Darfur.” 

The two-day event that ends today is discussing the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), adopted in 2011, which laid the foundation for the long-term recovery, development, peace and stability of Darfur. 

The International Donor Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur provided a space for the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) and the Government of Sudan to discuss with development partners the needs for economic recovery, development and poverty eradication in the aftermath of the conflict in Darfur.  

El Mekwad also said that “following its mandate to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries, UNIDO’s development strategy for Darfur would chiefly focus on expanding agro-industries, attaining food security, promoting agricultural exports and green industries, and developing entrepreneurship skills among youth and women”. 

On the sidelines of the conference, UNIDO signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to join the UN Fund for Recovery and Development in Darfur (UNDF).

For more information, please contact: 

Khaled El Mekwad

UNIDO representative in Sudan
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