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30 Sep 2009 description

Civil Society Organizations Educate Community about Election Process

Three civil society organizations based in Central Equatoria state - Mugwo Youth Association (MUYA), Payawa Scholarship Scheme (PASS) and Kanda Ya Nini - recently conducted an event in Mugwo Payam to raise awareness about the 2010 elections. All three organizations are partners in Mercy Corps' Localizing Institutional Capacity in Southern Sudan (LINCSS) program, funded by USAID.

"We need to make sure that our community is aware.

30 Sep 2009 description

MAG and CWMD - MAG uses the term Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD) to more accurately reflect the approach that MAG takes with regard to dealing with the range of munitions it encounters in support of stockpile management, as in many of its projects items outside of the SALW definition are dealt with, such as aircraft bombs, large calibre artillery, mortar ammunition and rockets. The term also reflects the different roles that MAG takes on within this sector, from direct clearance activities and training to Physical Security and Stockpile Management.

MAG is …

30 Sep 2009 description

ACF warns of increasing scarcity in region largely ignored by international community

Juba, South Sudan-The threat of a massive food deficit in South Sudan is growing, Action Against Hunger/ACF International cautioned today.

30 Sep 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 30 September 2009 - UNICEF welcomes the adoption today by the United Nations Security Council of a resolution calling for increased protection from sexual violence for women and children caught up in wars and conflict.

Sexual violence is a horrific violation of human rights and a despicable weapon of war used against women and children. Impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence must end.

30 Sep 2009 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 30 September 2009 (IRIN) - Wealthy nations are dragging their feet on committing money to help developing countries adapt to climate change, leaving them to face the prospect of footing their own multi-billion dollar bills for their efforts, say delegates and activists at key climate change talks.

About 2,500 country delegates and observers have gathered in the Thai capital for the penultimate round of negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change treaty (UNFCCC), before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in …

30 Sep 2009 description
report IRIN

N'DJAMENA, 30 September 2009 (IRIN) - Aid workers in eastern Chad are preparing to move some 28,000 Sudanese men, women and children from a refugee camp infiltrated by supposed rebels.

The Chad government decided in mid-September to relocate Ouré Cassoni camp, which is near the northern town of Bahai and 7km from the border with Sudan.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has welcomed the move, which it has been urging for years.

30 Sep 2009 description

Egypt's first formed police unit (FPU) to be deployed in UNAMID arrived today pushing the current number of FPUs in the Mission to 12 of an authorized total of nineteen. The 130 policemen will be based in El Fasher to increase the Mission's patrol capacity in communities around the area, especially in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps to ensure the safety and security of civilians.

With today's deployment, there are now 1,675 policemen in FPUs in the Mission, representing over 65 per cent of a total 2,660.

30 Sep 2009 description



1. Sudan: disarmament in the south raises fears of fresh violence

According to an IRIN report on 22 September, a recent campaign by Southern Sudanese authorities to seize illegal arms in the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Juba may spark further violence.

The president of the region, President Salva Kiir, announced the campaign will continue until all the weapons have been confiscated.

30 Sep 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York, September 30, 2009) - The United Nations Security Council resolution up for a vote today to create a senior coordinator to address how armed conflict affects women around the globe is a vital step toward more consistent UN action on the issue, Human Rights Watch said today.

The decision to create the position, which will focus initially on ending sexual violence during and after armed conflict, comes nine years after the Security Council pledged a comprehensive response on peace and security issues for women.

"While the UN spent years debating, untold thousands …

30 Sep 2009 description


Amidst the widespread human rights violations that have devastated Darfur and eastern Chad, crimes of rape and other violence against women have been pervasive. Amnesty International has documented and denounced the shocking levels of rape and other violence that women in Darfur and eastern Chad have been subject to.

30 Sep 2009 description
report IRIN

TEL AVIV, 30 September 2009 (IRIN) - Rights groups such as Amnesty International have called on the Egyptian authorities to "urgently rein in their border security forces" after seven African asylum-seekers were killed in September trying to cross into Israel on foot, but some Israeli NGOs and soldiers say the death toll at the border is far higher.

''I strongly believe there are hundreds of unreported dead and wounded [at the border]," Sigal Rosen, public activities coordinator at the NGO Moked, a hotline for migrants, told IRIN.

"We've …

30 Sep 2009 description
report Small Arms Survey


In an effort to reduce insecurity in Darfur and throughout Sudan, the international community has established legal restrictions on arms transfers to Sudan, including the 2004 and 2005 United Nations arms embargoes on Darfur, and the 1994 European Union (EU) arms embargo on Sudan (updated in 2004). In addition, the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army establishes restrictions on the resupply of military equipment to forces within the agreement's Ceasefire Zone.

30 Sep 2009 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

One country, two curricula

The founding of a semi-autonomous regional government in Southern Sudan in 2005 opened the way for a different approach to educating its young people. And the development of new school curricula has taken a major step in that direction.

An English-language syllabus for southern primary schools was introduced in 2007, and secondary schools were given their own curriculum for some subjects last year.

Parts of the new syllabus have been borrowed from the neighbouring Anglophone countries of Kenya and Uganda.

30 Sep 2009 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
6195th Meeting (AM)

The Security Council decided this morning to specifically mandate peacekeeping missions to protect women and children from rampant sexual violence during armed conflict, as it requested the Secretary-General to appoint a special representative to coordinate a range of mechanisms to fight the crime.

30 Sep 2009 description

Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council this morning held general debates on the human rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories, on human rights bodies and mechanisms, and on follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

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30 Sep 2009 description


Chronic conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in east and central Africa (ECA). The ECA region encompasses the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, including Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, as well as Sudan, Chad, and Egypt. In FY 2009, the U.S.