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About the UN in South Sudan

Education facilitates the achievement of the Sustainable development goals and prepares a good future for the Country.
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South Sudan was admitted as a member of the United Nations on 14 July 2011, the same year the country attained its independence. In South Sudan, the UN Country Team contributes towards national development priorities and the agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development through the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), a joint cooperation agreement between the UN and Government of South Sudan.

The current UNSDCF runs from 2023 to 2025. UN assistance under the UNSDCF is delivered in a coherent and coordinated manner, seizing opportunities to support recovery and resilience and accelerate the agenda 2030 with an overall budget of US$ 3.30 billion. Funding for the Cooperation Framework has been steadily increasing in recent years.

Support under the UNSDCF is focused on the following for priority areas:

1. Consolidation of Peace and Transparent Accountable and Inclusive Governance 

2. Sustainable Economic Growth and Diversification 

3. Social Development with Protection of the most Vulnerable

4. Women and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development

The UNSDCF 2023-2025 has been designed to reflect the 2019 OECD/DAC recommendations regarding the PHD nexus. It recognizes the need to undertake joint, risk informed, gender-sensitive analysis of root causes and structural drivers of conflict as well as opportunities to enhance resilience. It puts people at the Centre of programming, ensuring immediate humanitarian needs continue to be met, whilst adhering to Do No Harm precepts and maximizing impact through state and community engagement at national and sub-national levels.


The Sustainable Development Goals in South Sudan

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are also the goals the UN is working for in South Sudan: