Press Release

The Government of South Sudan and the United Nations Country Team meets to review implementation of the United Nations Cooperation Framework and discuss joint priorities

02 July 2020

  • The government of South Sudan represented by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, and Ministers of Roads and Bridges, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Gender, Child and Social Welfare, and Justice and Constitutional Affairs met with the United Nations Country team (UNCT) in South Sudan to review the United Nations Cooperation framework (UNCF).

The meeting also discussed common challenges and opportunities for recovery and resilience including the response to the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and priorities for the transitional period.

“Strengthening governance systems, providing social services rebuilding livelihoods and empowering women and the youth are critical to achieve recovery and development in South Sudan” said Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the United Nations to share experiences, achievements and lessons learned from the implementation of the UNCF in 2019 and to engage with government on the 2020-21 UNCF priority areas. It also provided an opportunity to discuss government’s priorities to achieve R-ARCSS implementation.  These include; responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with and emphasis on both the public health and the need to plan for socio-economic recovery; ensuring strong coordination to implement the provisions of the R-ARCSS; reviewing and implementing the National Development Strategy; and undertaking key PFM reforms.

The participants discussed how to align the UNCF with national priorities for the transitional period and agree on joint priorities.

“South Sudan has experienced several shocks in the last twelve months from locusts, floods, COVID-19 pandemic to the fall in prices of oil at global market. This has affected the capacity of the government to implement the provisions of the R-ARCSS as planned. Today’s discussion is an opportunity for us to review progress in terms of results and timeliness” said Hon. Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, Minister of Finance and planning.

The current COVID- 19 pandemic and its associated impacts, coupled with the expected return of the displaced populations, increases the need for security and provision of social services including quality health care, education, social services, and improving livelihoods. It is therefore important for development partners in South Sudan to work with the government and strengthen joint efforts and ensure that services reach all areas including the hard to reach areas and those adversely affected by conflict.

The recent flooding, the invasion of locusts and on-going community violence have clearly demonstrated the importance of preparedness by Government, UN and other development partners to build resilience and reduce the vulnerabilities of the local population to disaster risks.

The UNCT in South Sudan launched its UN Cooperation Framework (UNCF) 2019 to 2021 in December 2018. The UNCF outlines the joint efforts and plans of the UNCT for the three-year period and reflects the priorities of the National Development Strategy and the SDGs.

 

The Government of South Sudan and the United Nations Country Team meets to review implementation of the United Nations Cooperation Framework and discuss joint priorities

UN entities involved in this initiative

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
OCHA
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UN-Habitat
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UN
United Nations
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNMAS
United Nations Mine Action Service
WFP
World Food Programme
WHO
World Health Organization

Goals we are supporting through this initiative