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19 Dec 2016 description

SG/SM/18384-SC/12644-AFR/3512

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the Security Council session on South Sudan, today:

Before proceeding, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the Russian delegation following the assassination of their colleague, Ambassador Andrey Karlov, in Ankara earlier today. I condemn this senseless act of terror, for which there can be no justification.

19 Dec 2016 description

New York, 19 December 20165

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Mr. President,

I offer my condolences to the Russian Federation over the death of its Ambassador in Turkey.

My thanks to the Secretary-General for his powerful statement and his clear ask to this Council and Government of South Sudan to which I fully align.

19 Dec 2016 description

We, the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG), acknowledge the government’s initiatives to foster peace and reconciliation. We welcome the government’s intention to embark on a National Dialogue, which was launched on 14 December, 2016.

19 Dec 2016 description

In Numbers

1.87 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

1,289,554 South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

212,071 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

3.6 million people in need of food assistance from October—December (WFP estimate)

Highlights

  • Market access and harvests continue in Equatorias region in spite of ongoing conflict.

  • General food distributions are ongoing in Northern Bahr el Ghazal to assist 500,000 people—a reduced figure from the previous quarter in line with seasonal harvests.

19 Dec 2016 description
report Guardian

Amid catastrophic levels of malnutrition in South Sudan, the UN has warned of the danger of ethnic cleansing involving massacres and gang rape

By Ben Quinn in Malakal

Thrusting a hand to his brow in an impromptu military salute, 10-year-old Timon Kamis stands to attention at his family’s tent inside one of the sprawling camps where tens of thousands of South Sudanese have sought sanctuary from the three years of bloodletting that have poisoned the world’s youngest country.

19 Dec 2016 description

Foreword

Hunger is not inevitable As 2016 comes to an end, almost 130-million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Throughout the year, natural hazards, conflict and protracted crises have placed a particularly heavy burden on the poor, who are often extremely vulnerable to shocks. Across 22-affected areas, 70-million people are currently in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3 or above.

18 Dec 2016 description

An overview

The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Sudan brings together 80 humanitarian partners to help 4.6 million people in need of emergency relief aid. Together these partners, of which 35 are national and 45 are international, requested US$952 million to provide multi-sectoral assistance across the country in 2016. Among the 5.8 million people identified to be in the greatest need of humanitarian assistance are 2.2 million who are internally displaced, 4.6 million who are food insecure and 1.5 million children under age five who are acutely malnourished.

17 Dec 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12634

SECURITY COUNCIL
7840TH MEETING (PM)

Arms Embargo Warnings, Punitive Actions Counterproductive to Peace Process, Permanent Representative Stresses

17 Dec 2016 description
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Drought conditions persist, despite late seasonal rains over parts of eastern Horn of Africa

KEY MESSAGES

  • Rainfall increased during late November and early December in parts of northeastern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, and southern Somalia, which is likely to lead to short-term improvements in pasture and water. However, rainfall remains less than 30 percent of average parts of southern and central Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia. Agricultural production prospects are very poor and pasture levels remain very low.

17 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

KAMPALA, 16 December 2016 – The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through the Swedish Embassy in Kampala has contributed 35 million krona - about 4 million US dollars - to support maternal, newborn and child health programmes in Uganda’s West Nile region.

The support is expected to reach an estimated 135,000 pregnant women and over 300,000 children with key health interventions.

16 Dec 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12631

SECURITY COUNCIL
7838TH MEETING (NIGHT)

The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 16 December, determining that the situation in that country constituted a threat to international peace and security.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2326 (2016), the 15-nation organ decided that UNMISS continue to include a Regional Protection Force and authorized the Mission to use all necessary means to carry out its tasks.

16 Dec 2016 description
report UN News Service

16 December 2016 – Given the scale of the disaster in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council, regional organizations and the international community must step up to their responsibility to the help the country’s people, who have suffered through three years of bloody conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in an opinion piece published by Newsweek.

16 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

• Between January and September 2016, 247,480 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted to the national Community Management of Acute Malnutrition programme. Out of these, 19,920 children (8 per cent) were admitted to in-patient care.

• In response to the new influx of South Sudanese refugees, UNICEF supported the Regional Health Bureau of Gambella to vaccinate 23,543 children 0 to 15 years old and 21,863 children 6 months to 14 years old against polio and measles respectively.

16 Dec 2016 description

Experts on World’s Newest Country Lay Out Potential Strategies

16 Dec 2016 description

Key Figure
Refugees: 449,764
Internally Displaced Persons: 1,960,198
Returnees: 45,561

16 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Humanitarian access is being restricted in Western Bahr el Ghazal, and communities are known to be using unclean water sources. The dry season will pose a threat for communities’ water security, as most of the seasonal streams and hand-dug wells being used will dry up.