UNEP And WFP Team Up To Help Tackle Climate Issues In Sudan

Published on 21 December 2015

KHARTOUM–The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a letter of agreement to formalize their collaboration on activities supporting the government in assisting vulnerable communities in Sudan. The organisations will together address issues of food security as they help communities strengthen their environmental management, their ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as their disaster-risk reduction programmes. “UNEP is confident that this agreement with WFP

“UNEP is confident that this agreement with WFP will assist us to mainstream improved environmental management with humanitarian and early recovery activities through the wide-spread, professional presence of WFP in Sudan, ultimately helping recipient communities build resilience to climate change,” UNEP’s Representative Bradley Smith said of the agreement signed in early December.

UNEP and its partners are promoting innovative natural resource management mechanisms that will contribute to improved livelihoods and climate resilience, while reducing conflict over precious natural resources such as water, forests and rangeland.
“This agreement shows our commitment to the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference that has just concluded in Paris,” said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Adnan Khan.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with UNEP in assisting the Government of Sudan to address environmental issues and the challenges of climate change that could damage efforts to achieve Zero Hunger, especially where these involve smallholder farmers and other vulnerable groups that we assist through our programmes,” said Khan.

WFP supports vulnerable groups in Sudan in building their resilience to climate-related shocks and disasters while restoring livelihoods among internally displaced people, refugees and vulnerable communities.  
The necessity of climate analysis and disaster-risk reduction is rapidly becoming apparent in Sudan, as fears grow that delayed and insufficient rainfall caused by El Nino this year has hurt crop development in key production areas of the country and increased the risk of below-average yields.

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About UNEP:
UNEP is  the leading global environment authority that sets the global environment agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authority advocate for the global environment with a mission to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. 

About WFP:
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, abdulzaziz.abdulmomin@wfp.org, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055
Ahmed Eltayeb, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249183248001 (ext. 2110), Mob. +249 912505210
Mouna Zein, UNEP/Khartoum, mouna.zein@unep.org, Tel. +249 912157515