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Sudan criticises renewal of US sanctions

CAIRO, Nov 1, 2009 (AFP) - Sudan criticised the renewal of US economic sanctions on Khartoum on Sunday, saying the move ran counter to Washington's efforts to mediate between north Sudan and the country's semi-autonomous south.

"America claims it works as a mediator and is playing a positive role in solving Sudan's problems, and at the same time it renews its sanctions against us," Mustapha Ismail, an advisor to President Omar al-Beshir, told reporters in Cairo.

US President Barack Obama renewed the sanctions on Tuesday, a week after unveiling a new policy of pressure and

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Sudanese register for first vote in 24 years

by Guillaume Lavallee

KHARTOUM, Nov 1, 2009 (AFP) - Enthusiastic Sudanese began Sunday to register for their country's first presidential, legislative and regional elections in 24 years, with the authorities facing a tough logistical challenge.

Due to be held in April, the ballot comes at a crucial time for Sudan.

The president faces an international arrest warrant for alleged crimes in the troubled western region of Darfur and tensions remain between the Khartoum government and the semi-autonomous, mostly Christian south, despite a peace deal struck in 2005 to end a 22-year

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Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 278, 27 Oct -01 Nov 2009

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition
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Sudan: UNMIS soldiers inspire families in Eastern Equatoria to farm

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Miraya FM
The 4th Bangladeshi Battalion (BANBAT 4) deployed in Torit is implementing an UNMIS agricultural project to tain locals on modern farming skills and encourage them to grow their own food. The Company Commander, Major Mohamed Fazale Rabbi told Miraya FM that the project was part of UNMIS' Quick Impact Project (QIP) aimed at demonstrating to the people in the community that they could utilise thier land and produce enough food.

Major Rabbi said the project which also had the backing of the Eastern Equatoria State government is expected to

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Sudan: UNMIS trains Wau legal officials on justice

In an effort to boost the skills of Wau area legal officials, UNMIS held a human rights and administration of justice training workshop there on 27 and 28 October.

Conducted under the theme "Right of accused to speedy trial, bond and bail with regard to the New Sudan Laws", the two-day training focused mainly on overall judiciary functions, jurisdiction, speedy trial and the rule of law as well as state parties' obligation in protecting human rights through administration.

"I believe that this training will

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FAO Desert Locust Bulletin No. 373 - 01 Nov 2009

General Situation during October 2009

Forecast until mid-December 2009

An outbreak of Desert Locust developed in early October in western Mauritania. Control operations were in progress against a second generation of hatchlings and hoppers that were forming small concentrated groups and a few bands. The outbreak should be contained by early December unless unusually heavy and widespread rains fall in November. In that case, small swarms could form in early December and move north into southern Morocco, Western Sahara and northern Mauritania and breed,

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Addressing Armed Violence in East Africa: A Report on World Vision Peacebuilding, Development and Humanitarian Assistance Programmes

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World Vision
The study was designed and implemented cooperatively between Project Ploughshares and World Vision staff. While it is not a formal, external evaluation, it offers some provisional and comparative observations about World Vision peacebuilding and development practices and their relationship to reductions in armed violence. The research findings are presented using the "armed violence lens" created for the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-DAC).
This lens emphasises four elements relating
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Protecting Civilians in the Context of UN Peacekeeping Operations: Successes, Setbacks and Remaining Challenges

This study examines the creation, interpretation, and implementation of mandates for United Nations peacekeeping missions to protect civilians. Commissioned jointly by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as an independent study, its overarching objective is to produce analysis and recommendations to enhance the ability of UN peacekeeping missions to protect civilians.

The study examines the steps taken to transform the Security Council mandates to protect civilians into effective
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Sudan: Western Darfur - Administrative Map (as of Oct 2009)

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Sudan: Northern Darfur - Administrative Map (as of Oct 2009)

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Sudan: Southern Darfur - Administrative Map (as of Oct 2009)

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Sudan: Darfur - a new sanctuary for LRA rebels?

Guillaume Lavallee

KHARTOUM, Oct 31, 2009 (AFP) - Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army, the feared abductors of children who have spread fear in east-central Africa, are now rumoured to be heading into new terrain in Sudan's troubled Darfur.

A brutal guerrilla group, whose chief Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court, the LRA has already expanded into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and south Sudan.

Earlier this year in south Sudan, LRA men attacked several food aid distribution stations, killed hundreds of

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Sudan: UNMIS and Bahr el-ghazal government assess security in Bor town

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Miraya FM
A team from Western Bahr el- Ghazal State Government and UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) visited Bor town on Friday to assess the security situation following a recent attack suspected to have been carried out by the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). During the incident, three policemen and two civilians were killed while a number of people were abducted by the rebel army. Deputy Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Awad Juma Aman, praised efforts of Sudan People's Liberation Army in freeing 49 abducted people. Meanwhile, Chief of Bor Madina, Ali
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S. Sudan president makes first call for independence

- Southern president urges vote for independence

- Political tensions rising across Sudan

JUBA, Sudan, Oct 31 (Reuters) - South Sudan's president on Saturday urged southerners to vote for independence in a referendum if they wanted to be free, the closest he has come to calling publicly for the separation of the oil-producing region.

The south secured a vote on whether to break away from Sudan as part of a peace deal that ended more than two decades of war with the north. But until now, southern President Salva Kiir has stuck to the official line of building support for unity.

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In Sudan Oct 2009: A bitter harvest

A bitter harvest

The rainy season of 2009 will be remembered as one of the driest in Southern Sudan in recent memory. The devastating effects of insufficient rainfall on local farmers can be seen in the county of Ikotos in Eastern Equatoria State. Acute food shortages have forced many rural villagers to seek help in the state capital.

One of those is Shima Alfred, a mother of four who made the 60-kilometer trip from her Ikotos home to Torit with her four-yearold daughter after the family's crops failed earlier this year.

"Our crops have dried out due to

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Sudan: DDDC weekly summary: 25-31 Oct 2009

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DDDC
Major activities conducted by the DDDC during the week of October 25 - 31, 2009, include:

NORTH DARFUR

Consultation Preparations. DDDC North Darfur made final preparations for a common ground consultation it will facilitate with all stakeholders in the North Darfur locality of Mellit on November 3 - 4, 2009.

DDDC North Darfur also further prepared for common ground consultations it will facilitate in other North Darfur localities and on a North Darfur statewide basis with specific stakeholders during November.

SOUTH DARFUR

Transitional Justice Workshop. DDDC

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Sudan: UNMIS support to voter registration process

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are embarking on the country's largest-ever delivery of voter registration materials in preparation for Sudan's voter registration exercise, scheduled to commence 1 November.

In total, 117,880 kilos of materials will be delivered to locations identified by the National Elections Commission (NEC):

- 67,500 kilos of registration kits

- 43,000 kilos of registration forms

- 4,000 pieces of tarpaulin and rope weighing 20 tons

- 780 voter registration training kits weighing 2,500 kilos

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Regional Humanitarian Funding Update, Aug - Oct 2009

I CAP: Central and East Africa funded 64 percent on average - unmet CAP requirements stand at US$1.9 billion I CERF: Under-fundeed Emergency Window closes for 2009 - CEA countries receive 63 percent of global second round allocations I Seven new members of CERF Advisory Board appointed I OTHER FUNDING NEWS: Status of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia pooled funds I Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Documnent Oct-Dec 2009 published I

1. CONSOLIDATED APPEALS (CAP)

According to the Financial Tracking Service, more than US$3.3 billion out of $5.2 billion required had been allocated

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Sudan: Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) 2008 Annual Report

Executive Summary

This annual report for the CHF fiscal year of 2008 covers the programmatic fund management under OCHA's responsibility. The financial management information is provided by the UNDP Fund Management Unit in a separate report. The report provides an overview of how CHF funds were allocated and how it performed against the main objectives of the Fund. Further, it summarizes some of the key achievements and presents some challenges to implementation. Additional information about the implementation of UN agency programmes can be found in annual reports of UN agencies,

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