The United Nations in Sudan

University students at an event promoting the SDGs
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UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Sudan is comprised of 28 Agencies, Funds and Programmes, Missions and Offices.

The UN family in Sudan works closely with national and international partners to promote sustainable development, peace and human rights, and to deliver humanitarian aid.

The collective response of the United Nations to national development priorities is outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and is supported by the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO).

UN Humanitarian Agencies, Programmes and Funds work with national and international partners to protect the lives and fundamental wellbeing of civilians affected by conflict and natural disasters.

UN Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions

On 3 June 2020, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2524 establishing the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), a special political mission, to provide support to Sudan for an initial 12-month period during its political transition to democratic rule. On 3 June 2021, the Security Council adopted resolution 2579 (2021) extending the mandate of UNITAMS for a further 12 months, until 3 June 2022.

The UN Security Council, by resolution 1990 of 27 June 2011, responded to the urgent situation in Sudan’s Abyei region by establishing the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The operation has been tasked with monitoring the flashpoint border between north and south and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid, and is authorized to use force in protecting civilians and humanitarian workers in Abyei. UNISFA’s establishment came after the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarize Abyei and let Ethiopian troops to monitor the area. 

The African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) completed its mandate on 31 December 2020.


The Sustainable Development Goals in Sudan

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Sudan: