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26 May 2016 description

Juba, South Sudan, 26 May 2016

  1. The first World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9,000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organizations. The United Nations in its 70 years has never come together at this scale, with this many different stakeholders, to discuss the pressing challenges that are resulting in so much human suffering today.

25 May 2016 description
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(Juba, 25 May 2016): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has strongly condemned the tragic killing of Sister Veronika Racková, a Slovakian nun and medical doctor who was shot on 15 May 2016 in Yei, while on a humanitarian mission, and later succumbed to her wounds.

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act and send my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sister Veronika Racková,” said Mr. Owusu. “I welcome steps being taken by the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and urge them to act swiftly.”

21 Dec 2015 description

Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  • It is a true honour for me to have been invited here today to mark with you 10 years since the Central Emergency Response Fund began saving lives around the world through timely, flexible and critical funding.

  • You have heard from my distinguished fellow panellists about the vital role that CERF plays in global humanitarian action. I would like to add to their voices a country-level perspective and to tell you about the lives that CERF has saved in South Sudan over the past two years.

23 Nov 2015 description

(Juba, 23 November 2015): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Mr. Eugene Owusu, strongly condemns the armed robbery of the Nile Hope compound in Juba on 20 November. During the robbery, aid workers were held at gunpoint and significant assets of the NGO were taken. This is absolutely reprehensible and those responsible must be identified and held to account.

The staff of Nile Hope and other humanitarian workers work day in and day out in dangerous and difficult locations across South Sudan to help people in dire need.

19 Aug 2015 description

Colleagues from the UN System,
Colleagues from the NGO community,
Members of the press,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here with us today in Juba as we join people around the globe to mark World Humanitarian Day.

Today, we celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world and pay tribute to all heroic aid workers who have lost their lives helping the world’s most vulnerable people.

18 May 2015 description

Juba, 18 May 2015: “Military operations in Unity and Upper Nile states over the past three days in particular have again devastated countless lives. Eyewitness accounts report targeted rape and killing of civilians, including children. The offensive in Unity has left thousands of homes burnt and Leer hospital is again under threat of destruction. In Malakal, armed groups have engaged in combat next to the United Nations protection of civilians site and as a consequence, civilians trying to stay out of harm’s way have been injured.

11 May 2015 description

Juba, 11 May 2015: “Ongoing hostilities in Unity state have now obliged all non-governmental organisations and UN agencies to evacuate staff from Leer and other locations. The humanitarian response south of Bentiu in Unity state has, as such, come to a stop.

As a consequence, over 300,000 civilians who are in need of emergency relief, including food aid and medical services, do not currently have access to such life-saving assistance.

08 May 2015 description

Juba, 8 May 2015: “Since the beginning of May, military activities south of Bentiu in Unity State have forced up to 100,000 people from their homes. Civilians living in the areas of and around Guit, Ngop and Nhialdu have been particularly struck by violence and, in an attempt to avoid it, have fled. This comes at the peak of the traditional planting season, when people need to be able to move freely and safely to be able to tend to their crops.

23 Apr 2015 description

Juba, 23 April 2015: “The work of non-governmental organisations and United Nations providing emergency relief to the survivors of conflict in any setting is based on the principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality. The safety and security of aid workers and their property is a condition for programmes to be carried out.

Central to the work of any aid agency is that their national and international staff members are free to move, unimpeded, to reach civilians in need.

02 Apr 2015 description

Press Statement
South Sudan | 2 April 2015
Statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 2 April 2015: “As we enter the main planting season in South Sudan, I am deeply concerned that the conflict continues to restrict civilians’ freedom of movement and thereby limit people’s ability to provide for themselves. It is vital that the people in South Sudan are able to move freely to access their land, plant crops, tend to their livestock and trade without fear of violence.

06 Aug 2014 description

Juba, 6 August 2014: Country representatives of key non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and donors in South Sudan are horrified by the killings of at least six South Sudanese aid workers in Maban County, Upper Nile State, in the past 48 hours. The humanitarian community is united in condemning these ethnically based crimes, and calls on authorities to conduct a full and swift investigation and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

04 Aug 2014 description

Juba, 4 August 2014: “I am appalled and saddened by the news that a South Sudanese aid worker was killed today in Maban County, Upper Nile State. My thoughts are with our colleague’s family and friends at this difficult time.

09 Jul 2014 description
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Juba, 9 July 2014: “I would like to congratulate South Sudan and all its people on the third anniversary of the Independence of this new nation. Today is a day for both the celebration of South Sudan’s hard-won sovereignty and also an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be South Sudanese. While this young nation celebrates today we acknowledge with regret the many South Sudanese facing extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

10 May 2014 description

Statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 10 May 2014: “Given the enormous, immediate and medium-term humanitarian consequences of the past five months of fighting, I am pleased to note the parties' agreement in Addis Ababa. An end to the violence will allow people some breathing space, to move around more safely and to plant and take better care of themselves in the coming months.

17 Apr 2014 description

Juba, 17 April 2014: “I am deeply saddened and frustrated by the violence that has ravaged Bentiu and Bor in the past 72 hours. There is no excuse for direct attacks on civilians, or on those risking their own lives to protect them.

These events show, yet again, the pointlessness of the violence engulfing South Sudan. The current cycle of revenge will get the people of this country nowhere. It wrecks the present, and casts a dark shadow over what should have been a very bright future.

03 Jan 2014 description

Juba, 3 January 2014: “Over the past two weeks violence in South Sudan has displaced around 200,000 persons from their homes and affected many hundreds of thousands of people indirectly. All parties to the conflict have a responsibility to make sure that civilians are spared from the fighting, do everything possible to restore calm, and ensure that law and order prevails.

23 Dec 2013 description

Statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 23 December 2013: “Aid agencies are now responding to the needs of thousands of civilians affected by the recent armed violence affecting South Sudan – including an estimated 20,000 people in two UN peacekeeping compounds in Juba.

27 Nov 2013 description

This is the tenth Governors’ Forum held since 2006; and the third held in independent South Sudan. This Forum is becoming a tradition that serves the country well. UNDP is proud to have supported the previous Governors’ Forums, and to work under the leadership of the Government to make it a success.

26 Oct 2013 description

Statement by Chris Nikoi, Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in South Sudan

Juba, 26 October 2013: “At this difficult time when people across many parts of South Sudan are struggling to cope with flooding, I want to express my appreciation to the humanitarian community and government for the response efforts so far. Partners have reached nearly 100,000 of the 156,000 people identified, so far as affected by flooding since August.

23 Oct 2013 description

Statement by Chris Nikoi, Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 22 October 2013: “On behalf of the humanitarian community, I strongly condemn the attack on civilians which took place in Jonglei State's Twic East County on 20 October 2013.