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IGAD to submit displacement’s resolutions to AU for endorsement

By John Agok

Regional delegates under the Auspices of IGAD platform have just concluded the validation workshop last week and agreed on possible outcomes that will be endorsed and implemented by typical stakeholders after further deliberation in the upcoming AU Summit.

The Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) Session will discuss different reports including: the activities of the PRC Sub-Committees, Reports of the Specialized Technical Committees (STCs) held in the year 2020, Reports of the Commission, other AU Organs and the AU Specialized Agencies.

The Session will also consider draft agenda and draft decisions of the 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and agenda of the 34th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, scheduled to take place from 3rd – 4th and 6th – 7th February 2021 respectively.

Speaking to Media in Juba, Amb Magdi A. Mofadaal Director of Sub- regional Organizations department in Sudan foreign affairs Ministry, assured commitment from both governments of Khartoum and Juba after the outcome of the two meetings of last Year and early this year in Juba. He also called upon Specialized Technical Committee (STC) and AU Specialized Agencies to provide technical experts on resettlement of over Seven Millions in the two countries.

Representative of the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan, IGAD, UNHCR and members of the Core Group (EU, World Bank, Germany and UNDP) held the first High-level meeting on the Sudan and South Sudan Initiative on Displacement from the 1st to 3rd of December 2020 in Khartoum, Sudan.

The participants agreed the target groups of the initiative would include Sudanese and South Sudanese refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities. The Governments of Sudan and South Sudan agreed that the solutions initiative should be anchored on the provisions related to solutions for displaced persons contained in the Juba Peace Agreement and the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflicts in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). National frameworks will be leveraged to implement early recovery and longer-term peace building and resilience needs for over six million Sudanese and South Sudanese internally displaced persons, refugees and returnees, and to urge the international community to show solidarity and mobilize support for the initiative.

Participants agreed that the IGAD Support Platform will be the main vehicle to advance the solution strategies for the Sudan and South Sudan displacement situations, and will culminate into Heads of State Summit that will endorse the outcome documents and the comprehensive plan of action, after taking stock of the progress of the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration, which is foreseen to take place during the first quarter of 2021.

The Khartoum meeting adopted a roadmap for the preparatory processes and meetings that will lead up to the Heads of States Summit and agreed to convene a follow-up workshop in Juba to take stock of the progress made. The Juba follow up workshop is scheduled to take place from the 13-15 January.

The main objective of the workshop is to take stock on the implementation of the Khartoum roadmap.

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