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Published:August 25th, 2006 03:06 EST
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Sudan: UN helps launch programme to improve capacity of independent judiciary

By SOP newswire

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and Sudan’s Ministry of Finance have launched a programme designed to strengthen the judiciary in the strife-torn African country.

The $18 million initiative, launched yesterday in Khartoum, will provide training and technical and operational support to the National Judicial Service Commission and the National Judiciary. It will also develop judicial training curricula and materials, and train 1,200 judges at the state and central level.

In addition, the initiative will establish a pilot National Legal Training Resource Centre, as well as rehabilitate court facilities in several locations across the country, including the judiciary training facility in Khartoum.

“A sound and independent judiciary is central to any society striving to achieve sustainable human development,” said UNDP Country Director Jerzy Skuratowicz. “Recovery and reconstruction cannot progress without basic human security and strong national institutions that uphold the rule of law and bring justice to all citizens.”

Sudan’s Government of National Unity has provided $5 million for the project, while the international community has funded $13 million through the World Bank. The initiative will be jointly implemented by the judiciary and UNDP over a three-year period.

Source: UN