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Vested Interest in Operational Potential of African Peace Support Missions, Ways to Strengthen Interplay with United Nations, Central to Fourth Committee Debate

GA/SPD/569
Sixty-ninth session,
17th Meeting (AM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

As more than half of all United Nations peacekeepers were serving in Africa, the Organization should mount greater partnership with regional and subregional organizations across the continent, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard today, as issues of personnel security, clear mandates, use of new technologies and gender mainstreaming also informed debate.

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Condemning Renewed Violence in South Sudan, Secretary-General Says Actions Violate Cessation of Hostilities Agreement

SG/SM/16299-AFR/3003

The following statement was issued by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General Ban Ki‑moon today:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the resumption of hostilities between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces in Bentiu and Rubkona in Unity State, South Sudan. This resumption of hostilities is yet again a serious violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and undermines the ongoing Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 31 - November 6, 2014

Rainy season begins slowly in southern Africa, dryness widens in Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

  2. Consistently above-average rains across parts of eastern Ethiopia have caused flooding downstream along the Juba and Shabelle River Basins in southern Somalia. Continued rainfall is expected to result in additional flooding.

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CARE Staff Safe Amidst Heavy Fighting Around Bentiu, South Sudan

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CARE

(Juba, SOUTH SUDAN) CARE South Sudan confirms its staff remain safe as heavy fighting between government and opposition forces continues for a fourth day around the town of Bentiu in Unity state.

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IGAD mediators condemn violence in South Sudan’s Unity State; call on opposition forces to immediately cease hostilities

29 October 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan strongly condemn the action of SPLM/A (In Opposition) forces to initiate conflict in the area of Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan.

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Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan

Warring parties in South Sudan’s civil war are preparing for major offensives as seasonal rains ease. Hardliners in both the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) are entrenching their positions, and think, as one opposition commander declared, “we will settle this with war”. Renewed conflict is likely to be accompanied by widespread displacement, atrocity crimes and famine. Despite some progress, nine months of peace talks in Addis Ababa have been unable to stop the fighting.

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South Sudan: humanitarian workers return to a glimmer of hope despite floods in Maban

Maban, 30 October 2014 — As the World Food Programme (WFP) flight evacuated 240 humanitarian workers from four camps in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Pau Vidal SJ remembers looking down at a crowd of refugees congregated on the airstrip. The evacuation came after violence erupted in Maban county in August, killing five humanitarian workers and an unknown number of civilians.

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WFP Reaches Vulnerable Communities In Abyei With Life-Saving Food Assistance

KHARTOUM/ABYEI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has started this week distribution of life-saving food assistance for the vulnerable communities in northern Abyei for the first time since May 2011.

A one-month food ration will be distributed to over 15,000 people in need in five locations in the area. The distribution, which started Monday and reached over 7,900 people up until now, will continue in the coming days.

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S.Sudan fighting surge sparks fears of growing aid crisis

The fighting marks an end to a brief lull in hostilities in South Sudan's 10-month-old civil war after the end of the rainy season, which made many roads impassable.

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UNMISS Update, 30 October 2014

  • As of 27 October, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in nine Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 97,835 including 27,945 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 18,374 in Malakal, 2,722 in Bor, 47,214 in Bentiu, 447 in Wau, 1,105 in Melut and 28 in Nasser.
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South Sudan conflict victim calls for justice

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Sudan Tribune

October 28, 2014 (KAMPALA) – A victim of the Juba massacre has warned South Sudan’s warring parties to refrain from rushing a deal to unify the country’s rival factions without prosecuting the perpetrators of last December’s killings.

Last week, Tanzania’s ruling party invited the rival factions of South Sudan’s governing SPLM to the northern town of Arusha to iron out their differences ahead of final peace talks in Addis Ababa.

David Lieth was among 300 Nuer men rounded up by security forces between 17 and 19 December in Juba’s Gudele area.

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Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 43 | 20 – 26 October 2014

Highlights

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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ECHO Factsheet: South Sudan crisis

Key messages

  • Since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013 , around 1.9 million people have fled their homes, including 469 000 who have sought refuge in neighboring countries. At the same time, South Sudan hosts around a quarter of a million refugees, mainly from Sudan.

  • Principal humanitarian needs include food, clean water, health care, sanitation, shelter and protection.

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Ethiopia’s S. Sudanese Refugees Resist Move

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Voice of America

Marthe van der Wolf
October 29, 2014 9:40 AM

GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA — The Ethiopian government wants to relocate at least 60,000 refugees, mostly from flooded camps in the country’s southwestern Gambella region, to safer accommodations farther south near the town of Dima.

As the country braces for another influx from South Sudan once the rainy season ends – and that could be any day – the move is getting urgent. But the refugees refuse to go out of fears of ethnic violence.

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Ethiopia: Population movement (n° MDRET013) Final Report

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A deadly and destructive conflict between the South Sudan government and the rebels in the newly emerging South Sudan country broke out on 15 December 2013. The conflict resulted in the death of over 10,000 people, displaced over 1.1 million persons internally and caused over 460,700 persons to flee to the neighboring countries including Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya according to OCHA South Sudan situation report number 44 of 10 July 2014.

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Using LQAS to monitor the health status of IDPs in South Sudan

Following the outbreak of insecurity that broke out in South Sudan on December 15th 2013, more than 150,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) crossed the Nile from Jonglei State to find security in neighbouring Awerial County, Lakes State. The communities originally come from Bor South, Twic East, Duk and Pibor counties in Jonglei State.

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South Sudan Crisis: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 27 October 2014)

Humanitarian response

As of October, 92 per cent (3.5 million people) of the 3.8 million**** people targeted for assistance had been reached with some form of assistance as indicated in the chart. Resources are however required to sustain the highly prioritized aid operation until the end of the year. The $1.8 billion Crisis Response Plan (Jan-Dec 2014) is 61 per cent funded, leaving a gap of $697 million.

**** The people targeted includes people internally displaced or impacted by the conflict, refugees

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.