IOM and the Sudan Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources sign MoU to strengthen collaboration in regards to Climate Change and Human Mobility programming

Sunday, March 11, 2018

IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR) in Sudan signed a first ever formalized agreement between a government and IOM to boost cooperation on migration, environment and climate change related issues within the framework of Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC).

Representing the Government of Sudan was the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and Urban Development Dr. Hassan Abdul Qader Hilal, who signed the memorandum of understanding. “We appreciate the role played by the specialized UN organizations and wish to strengthen the joint cooperation between the Higher Council for the Environment and the International Organization for Migration to build the capacities of Sudan in the areas of combating climate change and early warning of disasters,” he said.

According to the MoU, the cooperation will focus on building the resilience of communities with particular focus on the areas of return and migratory routes, addressing the needs of rescued victims of drought, floods, or any other crisis in Sudan and establishing improved climate information and services which are essential to managing risks in climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water and health.

Moreover, the cooperation aims to mobilize resources, take advantage of climate opportunities to increase productivity and reduce uncertainty related to climate risk management and adaptation practices.

Finally, The MoU will facilitate new partnerships and initiatives to address climate change and its impact both at the national and international levels as well as strengthen Sudan’s contribution to the regional strategies such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN).

“This milestone agreement provides an effective roadmap that ensures complementarity and mutually supportive actions between the Government of Sudan and IOM. This will go a long way towards building the resilience of communities to the effects of climate change and the implementation of the strategy of disaster preparedness to reduce the risks of any possible negative impact,” said IOM Sudan OIC Chief of Mission, Mr. Andrew Gray.

In recent years, Sudan has been negatively affected by climate change and variability which has led to a reduction in rain fall in certain areas of the country, flashfloods, land desertification and drought. These factors have affected seasonal migrations patterns and population movement, hence, the need for a rapid and robust response focusing on preparedness, mitigation and resilience measures.

For more information please contact: Dana Elsied, Communication officer Tel:+249904415253, Email:Delsied@iom.int

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