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.
In 2011, South Sudan joined the UN, and with UN support the Country started to transition from conflict to recovery and on a path to development.
In 2013 civil conflict broke out and disrupted development efforts. In response to this the UNCT supported: the return and reintegration of refugees and Internally Displaced People, the peace process and facilitated a return to recovery and long-term development, provided lifesaving support to vulnerable populations in South Sudan.
In 2018 the situation began to improve with the peace agreement, and in 2020 a new Transitional Government of National Unity is in place. UNCT support is increasingly focused on recovery and resilience.
UN supported the strengthening of health governance and health system preparedness and response to epidemics, non-communicable diseases, malnutrition and maternal and child health, and capacity building and development of the health sector.
UN supported the Review of the National Development Strategy (NDS) to capture new scenarios brought about by the changing environment and the signing of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) which ushered in relative peace in the country.