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Water and Sanitation


Understanding that the sarciity of water is one of the lead causes of conflict in Darfur, UNAMID has carried out a large number of projects aimed at helping rural and urban communities in the region gain access to this invaluable resource.



Recent efforts include helping to organize an international conference on water, bringing together more than 200 experts in water use and distribution  and leading development specialists and donors in Khartoum on 27 June 2011. This was the first major international effort to build an innovative and sustainable water service system for all communities in Darfur.


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Toward Equitable Access to Water
While disputes over scarce water resources have been cited regularly as one of the root causes of the conflict in Darfur, UNAMID has been working to address this pressing issue.
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Projects launched to address Darfur water needs
5 December 2012 – To address water scarcity, which is among the root causes of conflict in Darfur the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan and the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), launched on 29 November in El Fasher, North Darfur, several water projects to be implemented across the region. These projects are expected to contribute to reducing conflict over water resources and assist in achieving durable peace in Darfur.
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International effort launched to tackle water scarcity and conflict in Darfur
27 June 2011 - The United Nations and the Sudan Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources today launched an appeal to reverse the rapidly declining water supply in Darfur and in doing so to tackle one of the major factors in the ongoing conflict and contribute to the foundation of a sustainable peace.
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Darfur Water conference appeals for donors
01 June 2011 - In preparation for the Darfur International Conference on Water for Sustainable Peace, set to take place in Khartoum from 27 to 28 June, 2011, a briefing for donors and media was held yesterday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
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