Car handover ceremony—UNDP CD speech 15th December 2015, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management

Dec 15, 2015

Hon. Clement Dominic Taban, Undersecr. Ministry of Hum. Affairs & Disaster Management,

Mr. Lawrence Akola Sarafino, Director General for Admin & Finance, MHA&DM

Excellency Shigeru Hamano, Deputy Chief of mission, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan,

Distinguished representatives of the media, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

As you are all aware, UNDP, in partnership with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, is implementing the Food Security, Emergency Floods Response and Recovery project funded through generous funding from the Government of Japan. This contribution enables UNDP to strengthen national, local institutions and community capacity to respond to floods and food insecurity, with particular reference to IDPs and host communities.

In line with the priority areas identified in the Hyogo Framework for Action & the successor Sendai Framework, the project supports the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs & Disaster Management to make disaster risk reduction a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation. The project assists in developing a national strategy, a national disaster management policy, & a national early warning protocol to help prepare for and respond to disaster risks.

As part of the project, UNDP undertook a rapid capacity assessment of MHADM, and rolled out a customized capacity building plan comprising technical assistance and trainings. UNDP has also organized study visits for high level South Sudanese policy makers; disaster risk mainstreaming workshop; and tailored training opportunities to staffs of the ministry and RRC to enable them to manage disasters beyond an episodic response in a long-term, sustainable manner.  

To complement the capacity building component of the project, the project now delivers on another need highlighted by the capacity assessment: the transportation needs of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

On the occasion of the official handing over of this vehicle, please permit me to express our sincere gratitude to the Government and People of Japan. We wish to assure them that their kind gesture of providing humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan goes a long way in contributing toward vibrant and resilient communities in this country.  

To conclude: on behalf of UNDP, I am delighted to officially hand over a vehicle to the representative of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to facilitate rapid response and effective monitoring of disaster risk reduction interventions throughout the country.