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6576th Meeting (AM)

Acting on the day before the birth of the independent Republic of South Sudan, and reaffirming its strong commitment to its sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity, the Security Council today authorized the deployment of a peacekeeping force in the world’s newest country.

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report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Ingram

JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2011 - As South Sudan prepares for its independence, the opening of a new ward at a children’s hospital marks a small but significant step towards tackling the daunting challenges facing public health officials in the region.

“This is a very good beginning to the celebration for our independence,” said Dr. Emmanuel Baya, State Minister of Health for Central Equatorial State, during the official inauguration of the new 28-bed ward on Thursday at the Al Sabbah Children’s Hospital in the capital, Juba.

A new lifeline

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As South Sudan celebrates its birth as a nation, the new country continues to receive a flow of families displaced by conflict in the contested border area of Abyei. Among the new arrivals is Achok Ajou Cyer, who has taken refuge in the town of Mayen Abun, where she is now receiving WFP assistance.

by Ahnna Gudmunds

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On Saturday, 9 July 2011, the six-year transitionary period of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement will come to an end: with the birth of the 54th state on the African continent. It is expected that the young republic of South Sudan will be quickly recognized and will become a member of the United Nations, the African Union and other international organizations.

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8 July 2011, Juba — On the eve of the declaration of Independence by the Republic of South Sudan, the IFRC announces the establishment of a new national Red Cross society – the South Sudan Red Cross.

The South Sudan Red Cross will be formed of staff and volunteers who have until this day worked for the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, which continues to operate in Sudan. The secession of South Sudan from the north, as determined by a referendum in January 2011, paved the way for a new National Society in the south.

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08/07/2011 - Most of the people in South Sudan have high expectations for the founding of the new state on 9 July and hope for a better life. But there is also widespread uncertainty on the transition process and the beginning of a new nation. SOS Children's Villages will of course continue and intensify its work for children and families.

08 Jul 2011 description

Bilal-el-Sudan : Le pays des Noirs, devenu Soudan

Imaginez : un pays grand comme plus de deux fois la France et deux fois moins peuplé... Un pays qui s’étend des sables des déserts de Libye et de Nubie jusqu’aux monts semi-équatoriaux et aux épaisses forêts galeries des franges de l‘Ouganda et de la RDC. Une bande de steppe aride et de savane borde la région des grands marais du Sud-Soudan.

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As the world’s newest country celebrates on Saturday 9 July, Alliance South Sudan is taking the opportunity of being in the world’s spotlight to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, and to advocate for access to services, particularly for HIV positive women.

08 Jul 2011 description
report The Guardian

This is not the time to give up on vulnerable populations in Darfur and South Kordofan

As The Republic of South Sudan prepares for its formal independence on 9 July, there is a danger that the attention of the world's donor governments is distracted away from the dire humanitarian situation in Darfur and the South Kordofan region, recently subject to military operations by the Sudanese government.

Read the complete blog on Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog

08 Jul 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

Overview

For many years, a child growing up in South Sudan had little hope of a future free of violence, malnutrition or illiteracy, due to the impact of decades of civil war. In January 2005, the desire for peace was renewed, when the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA) signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

In line with the agreement, the people of South Sudan in January 2011 held a referendum and the majority of the population voted in favour of independence from the North.

08 Jul 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 8 July 2011 (IRIN) - The increasing number of South Sudan's armed forces is costing more than 50 percent of government's expenditure by some estimates - despite a two-year-old US$55 million demobilization and disarmament programme (DDR) sponsored by international donors.

Only about 12,000 people in South Sudan have completed the DDR process that targeted 90,000 ex-combatants.

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report British Red Cross

By Sarah Oughton

Following years of civil war and a referendum in January, South Sudan is poised to become an independent country on 9 July. Chief executive Nick Young recently visited the region to assess progress on the setting up of the South Sudan Red Cross – a brand new National Society. He speaks of challenges that lie ahead.

08 Jul 2011 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 8 July 2011 (IRIN) - South Sudan becomes the world's newest nation on 9 July, the final step in the six-year Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), a deal that ended the 1983-2005 north-south war.

The government is upbeat, but after the euphoria of celebrations and the pomp of speeches, the new nation faces a mammoth task.

08 Jul 2011 description
report European Union

Reference: IP/11/851

Brussels, 08 July 2011 - Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice President, is travelling to Juba to participate in the celebrations for the Independence of South Sudan on 9 July. As South Sudan prepares for this momentous event, the EU has underlined its intention to continue to support and develop a regular dialogue with the new state.

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Astrid Sehl, NRC, in Sudan (08.07.2011)

Thousands of South Sudanese returning from Khartoum to less developed rural areas receive assistance from NRC to find livelihoods opportunities and access basic services.

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FAO NEWS RELEASE [11/77 en]

FAO land cover survey shows just 4.5 percent currently used for farming

Rome/Juba, July 8, 2011 - As South Sudan celebrates its independence on 9 July 2011, the world’s newest nation faces many challenges in building a strong and stable economy that supports the food security and livelihoods of its population.

FAO has been actively working in South Sudan and stands ready to further assist the world’s newest nation to develop a strong and sustainable agricultural sector.

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report UN Radio

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South Sudan is set to become the newest African nation on July 9 when it officially breaks from the north of the country.

It follows a referendum in January in which the South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly for independence.

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MAG was asked by the Government of South Sudan to help clear unexploded ordnance from a large area in Juba, to make it safe for the thousands attending the declaration of independence ceremonies on 9 July.

All around the capital city of Juba, there is an unmistakable buzz in the air ahead of the ceremonies and celebrations that will mark the declaration of independence of South Sudan after more than two decades of civil war.

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report World Vision

As South Sudan prepares to become the world’s newest country this Saturday, 9 July, hopes are high among its children that problems of the past can be put behind them.

World Vision surveyed children across three of South Sudan’s 10 states, to find out which issues matter most to them as independence approaches.

After more than 20 years of war, and a six-year peace and independence struggle, it is the most basic needs in life that preoccupy children in Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states.

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report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 8 July 2011 – “Tomorrow is a historic day for the children and people of South Sudan. After years of conflict, a new country is emerging, with new hope for a more peaceful and prosperous future for all its citizens.