Deputy SRSG says ready to respond to humanitarian crisis

By Kidega Livingstone

The new Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, who arrived in the country, recently said he is ready to respond to the dire humanitarian crisis in the country.

Mr. Noudéhou presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Deng Alor Kuol on Thursday.

Speaking to the media after his meeting with the Minister Alor, Mr. Noudéhou, said the key objective of the UN’s presence in the country is to assist the people of South Sudan to achieve durable peace.

He stated that he is committed to “work with the people of South Sudan and cooperate with humanitarian partners to respond to the current “humanitarian crisis” in the country.

“I want to seek practical solutions for the development challenges facing the country,” Mr. Noudéhou said.

The Deputy SRSG will also serve as UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator as well as Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country.

The Resident Coordinator leads strategic programme and operationalize planning and coordination to ensure coherence amongst UN agencies in the country.

As humanitarian coordinator, he is also responsible for directing and coordinating the UN’s humanitarian response in South Sudan.  And as resident Representative of UNDP, he has an overall responsibility to engage with development partners in the country.

Mr. Noudéhou, who hails from Benin, West Africa, arrived in Juba from New York where he was serving as Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office of UNDP.

He brings to UNMISS extensive experience in international development and humanitarian affairs having served as UN Resident Coordinator in China and, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Zimbabwe. He also served in other senior UN positions in Tanzania and Rwanda.

Mr. Noudéhou holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States of America. He completed his undergraduate degree at Tsinghua University, China.



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