UNMISS Spokesperson – Daniel Dickinson:
So, good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, my name is Daniel Dickinson spokesperson for UNMISS and I have met many of you before. I would like to welcome you and the listeners of Radio Miraya to this press conference with the Undersecretary General for Department of Peacekeeping Operation of the UN Hervé Ladsous am sure many of you have met before, and our USG designate Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
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The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow humanitarian assistance to reach communities in need.
Ladsous arrived in the country this morning and met with First Vice President Taban Deng Gai in Juba.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the UN Peacekeeping chief said that aid delivery can only resume fully when there is no fighting.
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More than 50 women from greater Western Equatoria have attended an open peace day workshop in Yambio. Two women were selected to represent the region at a national conference aimed at coming up with recommendations on how to increase women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace negotiations.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
· As of 16 March 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 223,019 including 120,607 in Bentiu, 30,559 in Malakal, 38,942 in Juba UN House, 1,976 in Bor, 681 in Melut and 200 in Wau, in Western Bahr El Ghazal adjusted area 30,054.
Highlights of the week:
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, and its implementing partners, the South Sudan Development Agency SSUDA and the Humanitarian and Development Consortium HDC, have launched a Quick Impact Project (QIP) to renovate Malakal’s police station and the Malakal city council court.
The project, financed by UNMISS at the cost of 47,000 USD, will equip and prioritize the Government’s organs of rule of law and will provide more than 100,000 citizens with improved access to legal services. The work is expected to be completed in five weeks.