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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.

12 Jul 2011 description
report World Concern

by Chris on July 11, 2011

The birthday party is officially over, and now the Republic of South Sudan has a lot of growing up to do. After three days of celebration and festivities, today the people of the new nation have to face the reality of a very difficult uphill climb. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which culminated in secession this weekend, was a six-year “peace” that involved almost daily fighting. This followed a 20-year war with more than 2 million casualties.

12 Jul 2011 description
report UN Security Council

SC/10317

Security Council
6579th Meeting* (PM)

Some Members Voice Regret over Withdrawal, Citing Clashes in Two States

The Security Council today decided to close the six-year-old United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) and called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to complete the withdrawal of all its uniformed and civilian personnel, except those needed for its liquidation, by 31 August 2011.

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.