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14 Jul 2011 description
report African Union

PSC/PR/PS/1.(CCLXXXV)

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 285th meeting held on 13 July 2011, was briefed by the Commissioner for Peace and Security on the accession to independence of the Republic of South Sudan and the ceremony that took place in Juba on 9 July 2011.

14 Jul 2011 description
report Carter Center

CONTACTS: Khartoum: Barbara Smith +249 901 143 443,
Juba: Owen McDougall +249 907 978 505, Atlanta: Deborah Hakes, +1 404 420 5124

14 Jul 2011 description

July 09, 2011
Montreal

In a gesture of solidarity towards the new country of South Sudan and to the Caritas Internationalis network committed to its full development, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (Development and Peace) is contributing $250,000 to improve access to basic services, water, food shelter, health and education for returnees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations.

14 Jul 2011 description
report UN Women

On 9 July 2011 the world witnessed the birth of a nation — South Sudan, Africa’s 54th country. In an interview with UN Women, South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Agnes Lasuba weighs in on the country’s independence and what it means for women.

What does South Sudan’s independence mean for women?

14 Jul 2011 description
report UN News Service

The Security Council today recommended to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted to membership in the United Nations, bringing the new nation one step closer to becoming the world body’s 193rd member.

The Council’s decision was contained in a resolution that it adopted without a vote, on the recommendation of its Committee on the Admission of New Members, which reviewed the application for membership submitted by the President of South Sudan.

14 Jul 2011 description
report UN Security Council

SC/10323

Security Council
6583rd Meeting (AM)

Nation Born from Conflict Need Not Live in Conflict, Say Speakers; Deepest Wish, Says South Sudan’s Leadership, Is to Resolve All Issues with North

13 Jul 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Stephen Gray

JUNA, South Sudan, 13 July 2011 – Early on the morning of 9 July, a choir of shrieking women echoed in unison from the maternity ward of Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan. But the sound from the ward was not of women in pain. Instead, they were calling out together in joy.

13 Jul 2011 description
report Enough Project

Introduction and executive summary

Two new states—not one—joined the ranks of the international community on July 9, 2011, the day that marked the official independence of South Sudan from the remaining northern two-thirds of the country. Much attention has been focused on the obstacles that the new South Sudan will face. Less has been said of the fragility and potential for mass conflict that exists in what will be left of Sudan itself, and the policy changes needed to address this reality.
Since its independence, Sudan has experienced more years of violence than peace.

13 Jul 2011 description
report Guardian

East Africa's most severe drought in 60 years has left 10 million people desperately short of food. But what can be done, and should the call for help have been made sooner?

Read the full article in the Guardian.

13 Jul 2011 description
report Miraya FM

About five thousand internally displaced people have returned from North Sudan to Renk County of the Upper Nile State in the Republic of South Sudan, the Commissioner of Renk County, Deng Akoi, said on Wednesday.

Akoi however said that the humantarean situation of the returning IDPs, especially for those with no relatives, is very bad.

Listen to Voice Over of Commisioner

13 Jul 2011 description
report UN Security Council

The Security Council today recommended to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted as a Member of the United Nations, adopting resolution 1999 (2011) without a vote.

In a statement (S/PRST/2011/14) read out during a formal meeting by Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Minister of Germany, which holds the Security Council’s presidency for the month of July, the 15-nation body noted with great satisfaction the Republic of South Sudan’s solemn commitment to uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter and to fulfil all the obligations therein.

12 Jul 2011 description
report UN News Service

12 July 2011 – The situation in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state has remained unpredictable with heavy bombardment continuing in and around the main town, Kadugli, and in a second one to the north-east, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today.

The ongoing bombing of Delami town had caused the displacement of more than 2,000 people, Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva.

12 Jul 2011 description
report Radio Dabanga

Doha (12 Jul .) - The Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, stated yesterday in a speech to the parliament that the Doha peace agreement, which is to be signed this Thursday in Qatar's capital, will propel the region of Darfur to new heights of development and stability. Mr. Bashir also re-affirmed that the signature would represent the final effort to bring peace to the region, and that no negotiations would be done anymore after the 14th of July.

12 Jul 2011 description

Key Points

• Fighting in parts of South Kordofan has continued, with access outside Kadugli town still severely restricted.

• The rate of returns from northern Sudan to southern Sudan increased significantly over the past week.

• A train carrying some 4,200 returnees from Khartoum to Northern Bahr el Ghazal arrived safely in the state capital of Aweil on 30 June.

• Some 5,200 people have been displaced by inter-communal fighting in Cueibet, in Lakes State, southern Sudan.

12 Jul 2011 description

Western- and UN-backed aid organizations have lined up to support the fledgling Republic of South Sudan, but the challenges facing the nation 'would tax even the most developed of countries.'

The Republic of South Sudan was born on Saturday to much international fanfare, as tens of thousands of southerners joined African heads of state, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and a host of Western diplomats representing the nations who have supported the South in its long walk to this moment: statehood.

12 Jul 2011 description
report IRIN

MALAKAL, 12 July 2011 (IRIN) - After fleeing attacks by government soldiers [http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=53602 ] at his home in Gambella region of Ethiopia when he was in high school, Obang Ojulu, 29, has lived most of his adult life as a refugee. Since leaving home in 2003, Ojulu has married and has a child and acquired a driver's licence but he remains at a way station in Malakal, capital of South Sudan's Upper Nile state, with about 80 other Anuak families.

12 Jul 2011 description

GENEVA – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, today urged the international community to step up efforts and take immediate concerted measures to address the most severe food crisis in the world today in Somalia.

His call was supported by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, who declared that ten million people in northern Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and South Sudan are at immediate risk of starvation because of the worst regional drought in 60 years.

12 Jul 2011 description
report European Union

The EU member states congratulated the people of South Sudan on their independence and said they encouraged the country's leaders "to embrace pluralism and diversity and lay the foundation for a democratic, fair and inclusive society, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms".

South Sudan formally parted from the Republic of Sudan on Saturday 9 July. In the capital of Juba an official ceremony marked the birth of the new nation, the world's 193rd country.