A two-day international conference in Darfur concluded June 28 with millions of dollars worth of pledges from the Sudanese government, the United Nations and other development partners to implement projects aimed at addressing the region’s water problem.
The United Nations and the Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources launched during the Darfur International Conference on Water for Sustainable Peace a $1 billion appeal for six years worth of water system projects designed to address the rising water demands in Darfur, which is considered a key factor to ongoing conflict in the region.
Almost half of this pledge was met during the conference, according to UNICEF Country Representative for Sudan Nils Kastberg, who also announced his agency’s commitment to maintain its $23 million annual spending on water projects in Sudan.
Other pledges announced at the conference include $216 million from the Sudanese government, and more than $100 million from the Arab League. The Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, the United Kingdom, Japan, Turkey and the United States also pledged to support new initiatives in Darfur’s water sector.
The conference, held June 27-28 in Khartoum, Sudan, was organized by the Sudanese government, the U.N. Mission in Sudan and the Joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur.
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