Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 November 2008

UN prepare to hand over Mine Action to Sudanese authorities




UN prepare to hand over Mine Action to Sudanese authorities


KARTHUM, Sudan, November 30, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Mine Action Office (UNMAO) has successfully

completed a series of workshops to jointly develop a transition framework and a plan to transfer the

ownership of the Sudan Mine Action Programme (Sudan-MAP) to the National Mine Action Centre

(NMAC) based in Khartoum, and the South Sudan Demining Commission (SSDC) based in Juba.

Other parties engaged in the transition process include the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN

Mine Action Service, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Children’s Programme


Delegates recommended that a transition plan build on the ‘core management responsibilities’ of a

mine action entity. These responsibilities include the planning and coordination of mine action

activities, the establishment of national technical standards, quality and information management,

accreditation and fundraising. National authorities will also be responsible to ensure Sudan’s

compliance to the international mine-ban and other related treaties, as well as raising awareness of

mine threats and assisting victims of landmines.

Transition will consist of three stages: capacity development; joint activities; and full national

ownership by 2011, dependent on the extension of the UNMIS mandate. UNMAO will implement an

exit strategy while placing key national and international staff among national authorities’ technical


All participants agreed that the transition planning process has been very successful. Says Brigadier

Alawad AlBashir, Director of the NMAC: “I believe that we prepared a very good document that will

help us pave the way for the future. Time is very short, but I trust that the foundations are laid.”

A Memorandum of Understanding that demonstrates the commitment of the United Nations and the of

national authorities to the transition of the Sudan-MAP should be signed by the end of 2008, with

implementation of the first phase of the the transition plan as of 1 January 2009.

Commissionner Jurkuch Barach Jurkuch, Chairperson of the SSDC, highlighted the need to carry out

the plan: “The preparation of this plan was not simple, but the fact that it has been achieved

demonstrates the commitment of all parties. Now that the dream has come true, we need to commit

ourselves to it”.


SOURCE : United Nations Mine Action Office


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