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11 Jul 2011 description
report UN Security Council

SC/10318

Security Council
6580th Meeting (PM)

The President of the Security Council today referred the membership application of the Republic of South Sudan to its Committee on the Admission of New Members — the first step for the newly independent African country to join the United Nations.

Should South Sudan’s application be approved by the 15-member Council and the 192-nation General Assembly, it will become the world body’s 193rd member. The Council’s membership Committee was slated to review the bid directly following the adjournment of the meeting.

11 Jul 2011 description
report Global Witness

The new state of South Sudan must guarantee transparency and accountability in its oil sector in order to demonstrate its commitments to sustainable development and combating corruption, said Global Witness today. The call comes on the eve of the South’s independence from the north on July 9.

11 Jul 2011 description
report Logistics Cluster

Each week the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell (GLCSC) provides an operational update of the activities of Logistics Clusters/Sectors in the field, together with the details of the latest publications on the Logistics Cluster website. The GLCSC is housed in the Logistics Division of the UN World Food Programme, the Global Logistics Cluster Lead. It is comprised of a diverse, multi-skilled group of logisticians drawn from ACF, Care International, WFP, WVI, and MSB (formerly SRSA).

11 Jul 2011 description

GENEVA, July 11 (UNHCR) – As South Sudan became an independent country last weekend, the UN refugee agency joined the international community in welcoming this historic event. However, there are a number of ongoing displacement situations affecting the country. Dominik Bartsch, UNHCR Operations Manager for Chad and Sudan, recently spoke to Geneva-based journalists on the issue.

Excerpts from his opening statement:

11 Jul 2011 description

The UK charity appeal to help people affected by severe drought in the Horn of Africa has so far raised £9m.

A group of UK aid agencies launched the fund-raising appeal with a series of TV and radio broadcasts on Friday.

Read the complete story on the BBC

11 Jul 2011 description

This bulletin provides information on price changes for the most commonly consumed staples and their potential impacts on the cost of the food basket and is a compliment to the Monthly Market Update produced by FAO/SIFSIA/Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries.

11 Jul 2011 description
report CARE

On 9 July, the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country, after the historic vote for independence earlier this year. The people of South Sudan are looking hopefully to the future, but many challenges lie ahead. With more than 30 years’ experience working with Sudanese communities, CARE is committed to working in partnership with the people of South Sudan to tackle those challenges.

11 Jul 2011 description

Op-Ed
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
The Washington Post
July 9, 2011

This weekend, in Juba, South Sudan, Africa’s 54th nation was born. Millions of people are celebrating a new national identity and new national promise. Like on our own July Independence Day 235 years ago, there is reason to hope for a better future — if the people and leaders of both Sudan and South Sudan commit themselves to the hard work ahead.

11 Jul 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 9 July 2011
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The European Union (EU) and its Member States warmly congratulate the people of South Sudan on their independence.

11 Jul 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 9 July 2011
A 273/11

It is a great honour to be here in Juba to celebrate the birth of the Republic of South Sudan. This is my first visit to Juba. I'm sure it will not be the last.

The European Union and its Member States warmly congratulate the people of South Sudan on their independence. I would also like to congratulate His Excellency President Salva Kiir on having been sworn in as the President of the Republic of South Sudan.

09 Jul 2011 description
report UN News Service

9 July 2011 – Amid great jubilation, South Sudan today became the world's newest State, formally seceding from Sudan to attain independence in the culmination of a United Nations-facilitated peace process that ended decades of conflict.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was among the dozens of dignitaries from across the world attending the independence ceremony in the new country's capital, Juba, congratulated the people of South Sudan, pledging that the United Nations would help the new nation establish effective institutions of governance.

09 Jul 2011 description

Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken from Juba as the Republic of South Sudan formally secedes from Sudan and becomes an independent sovereign state.

Representing the UK at the independence ceremony the Foreign Secretary said that the UK Government stands with the people of South Sudan "as they seek a future of stability and prosperity".

"The people of the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan now have a chance to coexist peacefully as neighbours and to settle their remaining differences.

09 Jul 2011 description

The Australian Government has today formally recognised the Republic of South Sudan as an independent state.

South Sudan declared its independence today.

Australia warmly welcomes South Sudan into the community of nations.

Independence reflects the clear aspirations of the South Sudanese people, as expressed in January's credible and peaceful referendum.

We congratulate in particular Australia's large South Sudanese community, with Australia the largest voting site outside of Africa.

09 Jul 2011 description
report Miraya FM

Officially announcing the birth of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS), the Speaker of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, James Wani Igga, has officially read out the declaration of the independence of South Sudan at the independence celebration at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba on Saturday.

09 Jul 2011 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KHARTOUM, July 9 (KUNA) -- The Republic of South Sudan marked its independence from Sudan in a proclamation of independence ceremony on Saturday, attended by African leaders and representatives of the international community.

Salva Kiir Mayardit, was sworn in as the country's president for an interim period of four years, during the ceremony held at a public square opposite the John Garang Mausoleum.

09 Jul 2011 description

South Sudan burst into song, dance, and exultation as people ushered in July 9. Today, South Sudan officially becomes the world's newest nation after decades of armed liberation struggle.

By Maggie Fick, Correspondent / July 9, 2011

Juba, South Sudan

As the hours and minutes counted down to midnight, the sheer joy of freedom began to electrify the world's newest capital.

09 Jul 2011 description

9 June 2011 --On this historic occasion of the Republic of South Sudan becoming an independent country, UNHCR joins with other international organizations and people the world over to welcome the newest member of the family of nations.

The approximately 350,000 former refugees who have returned to South Sudan over the past six years and the thousands of southerners joining them from elsewhere in Sudan will play a key role in securing the conditions for the new state to prosper, none being more important than peace.

09 Jul 2011 description
  • South Sudan born a new nation at midnight

  • Darfur rebels join celebrations in south capital

  • North, south still have to resolve disputes (Updates with quotes, Darfur rebels presence, detail)

By Alexander Dziadosz and Jeremy Clarke

JUBA, July 9 (Reuters) - Thousands of South Sudanese danced through the night to mark the first hours of their independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty.

09 Jul 2011 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

One the eve of Southern Sudan’s independence, a top Southern Sudanese official said the people of the region had reached a day they had been struggling for since 1920.

“This has been a very expensive and painful exercise, with over 2.5 million people dead.” Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Information Barnaba Marial Benjamin said today at a Juba press conference.

He added that all would bear witness to history – the transformation of the map of Africa – and the realization of southern people’s dreams -- the Republic of South Sudan.

09 Jul 2011 description
report World Bank

JUBA, July 8, 2011–World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili, arrives here Saturday as head of the World Bank delegation participating in festivities to mark the independence of South Sudan.

The fast-growing city of Juba, which will be the capital of Africa’s 55th nation, is drabbed in its best colors and Juba International Airport is at its busiest, welcoming thousands of guests expected for the occasion; among them, about 30 African heads of state, according to official sources.