Newly arrived Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou, on Thursday prioritized seeking practical solutions in tackling development challenges and humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.

Noudehou said he will work with the people of South Sudan and with cooperation partners to respond to the current humanitarian crisis, and to seek practical solutions for the development challenges facing the country.

“A key objective of the UN is to assist the people of South Sudan to achieve durable peace,” he said after presenting his credentials to the country’s foreign minister Deng Alor Kuol.

Noudehou, who replaces Eugene Owusu, will also act as the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator as well as Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The resident coordinator leads strategic and operational planning and coordination to ensure coherence amongst UN agencies in the country.

South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar led to fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to Kiir against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.

The 2015 peace agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital forcing Machar to flee into exile.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions of others. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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