Mr. Robert is a 54 years old diplomat from Netherlands. He is specialized in Macro Economics, Development, Public Finance Management and is a career diplomat for 28 years in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Robert served as a Dutch diplomat in Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, South Sudan and Ivory Coast. He was the Director of IT, at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Robert worked as an Economic Advisor to the Directorate-General for International Co-operation in Netherlands in 1991. He was the former Dutch Ambassador to South Sudan and Ivory Coast.
After submitting his credentials to the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Interim Sovereign Council of the Republic of the Sudan, Mr. Robert van den Dool will begin his mandate to improve the Sudanese- European Union relations.
The role of the EU Delegation in the Sudan is to:
Welcome to the web page of the Delegation of the European Union to Sudan. This site is here to help you better understand our mission, role and activities in the country.
In December 2018, the people of Sudan went to the streets asking for change. We, Europeans, want to support this aspiration to liberty. The Europeans want the people of Sudan to succeed. We want their call for liberty to be heard, and to translate it into real change for a country that has already suffered too much.
We want to see a true and peaceful transition in Sudan. Our first priority must be to prevent further violence and the spread of conflict to all the regions of Sudan and the region of horn of Africa which is deeply interconnected with each other.
The European Union will stand with the Sudanese people to open the way for a peaceful, credible and inclusive political process that will address the Sudanese people’s demand for political and economic reforms.
As a head of Delegation, this peaceful transition requires me to meet as many Sudanese stakeholders as possible from all backgrounds, to exchange views, listen and learn about their aspirations and hopes for tomorrow. In parallel, I will continue to cooperate and coordinate with the neighbors of Sudan, regional actors including the African Union, League of Arab States, Gulf States and our international partners including the United States of America and the United Nations.
Most important, I will continue to coordinate positions with the EU member States and institutions to ensure we have one voice, genuine efforts and programs that will contribute to building peace, to achieve national reconciliation through inclusive dialogue and to strengthen respect for human rights. In parallel, eradication of poverty, strengthen food security; address the root causes for irregular migration, health and education are few of the key areas for the EU development assistance to Sudan.
I read a lot about the Sudanese hospitability, rich culture, heritage and tolerance. I want to embark on this journey together. May I also invite you to share with the EU Delegation your feedback about how we can make this website more informative.
You are welcome to interact with us on Facebook and Twitter as I intend to publish frequent Q&A and articles on Sudan.
Robert Van den Dool
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