On 22nd of November 2016 the Head of the Khartoum office of UNESCO together with the representatives of other UN agencies and government officials participated in the ceremony of signature of the Joint UN Programme for the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Darfur (JPROL). The Programme was organized by the Sudan country office of UNDP and UNAMID to strengthen the institutional capacity of the justice, corrections and police as well as other institutions upholding the rule of law. Activities of JPROL include: revision of selected laws and procedures; re-establishment of the criminal justice chain in pilot areas to which Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are likely to return; and building the capacity of and oversight over justice and security institutions. JPROL will also provide robust support to improve access to justice through the legal empowerment of vulnerable populations in Darfur, especially women, children and IDPs. In order to address the root causes of the conflict in Darfur, JPROL will support rights-based resolution of land issues. All activities will be gender mainstreamed. The implementing partners are UNAMID, FAO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNOPS, UNWOMEN and WFP.
The UNESCO’s contribution to JPROL is linked to further integration of the Human Rights and Global Citizenship Values approaches to the education system of Sudan in general, and Darfur in particular. UNESCO in close cooperation with the Sudanese Ministry of Education, the National Center for Curriculum and Educational Researches, and the National Council for Literacy and Adult Education will
· Integrate the Human Rights based approach (as well as other aspects of Global Citizenship Education) to curricula of formal and non-formal education of Sudan
· Enhance the capacities of the education systems of the states of Darfur making them able to teach these subjects in Darfur schools, out-of-school classrooms, and khalwas.
The Ceremony was honored by the Minister of Justice, H.E. Dr. Awad Al-Hassan Al-Nour, the Acting Minister of International Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Osman Ahmed Fadel, the UN Resident Coordinator, H.E. Ms. Marta Ruedas, and other UN and government officials.