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09 Jul 2011 description

The Australian Government has today formally recognised the Republic of South Sudan as an independent state.

South Sudan declared its independence today.

Australia warmly welcomes South Sudan into the community of nations.

Independence reflects the clear aspirations of the South Sudanese people, as expressed in January's credible and peaceful referendum.

We congratulate in particular Australia's large South Sudanese community, with Australia the largest voting site outside of Africa.

09 Jul 2011 description
report Miraya FM

Officially announcing the birth of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS), the Speaker of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, James Wani Igga, has officially read out the declaration of the independence of South Sudan at the independence celebration at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba on Saturday.

09 Jul 2011 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KHARTOUM, July 9 (KUNA) -- The Republic of South Sudan marked its independence from Sudan in a proclamation of independence ceremony on Saturday, attended by African leaders and representatives of the international community.

Salva Kiir Mayardit, was sworn in as the country's president for an interim period of four years, during the ceremony held at a public square opposite the John Garang Mausoleum.

09 Jul 2011 description

South Sudan burst into song, dance, and exultation as people ushered in July 9. Today, South Sudan officially becomes the world's newest nation after decades of armed liberation struggle.

By Maggie Fick, Correspondent / July 9, 2011

Juba, South Sudan

As the hours and minutes counted down to midnight, the sheer joy of freedom began to electrify the world's newest capital.

09 Jul 2011 description

9 June 2011 --On this historic occasion of the Republic of South Sudan becoming an independent country, UNHCR joins with other international organizations and people the world over to welcome the newest member of the family of nations.

The approximately 350,000 former refugees who have returned to South Sudan over the past six years and the thousands of southerners joining them from elsewhere in Sudan will play a key role in securing the conditions for the new state to prosper, none being more important than peace.

09 Jul 2011 description
  • South Sudan born a new nation at midnight

  • Darfur rebels join celebrations in south capital

  • North, south still have to resolve disputes (Updates with quotes, Darfur rebels presence, detail)

By Alexander Dziadosz and Jeremy Clarke

JUBA, July 9 (Reuters) - Thousands of South Sudanese danced through the night to mark the first hours of their independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty.

09 Jul 2011 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

One the eve of Southern Sudan’s independence, a top Southern Sudanese official said the people of the region had reached a day they had been struggling for since 1920.

“This has been a very expensive and painful exercise, with over 2.5 million people dead.” Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Information Barnaba Marial Benjamin said today at a Juba press conference.

He added that all would bear witness to history – the transformation of the map of Africa – and the realization of southern people’s dreams -- the Republic of South Sudan.

09 Jul 2011 description
report World Bank

JUBA, July 8, 2011–World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili, arrives here Saturday as head of the World Bank delegation participating in festivities to mark the independence of South Sudan.

The fast-growing city of Juba, which will be the capital of Africa’s 55th nation, is drabbed in its best colors and Juba International Airport is at its busiest, welcoming thousands of guests expected for the occasion; among them, about 30 African heads of state, according to official sources.

09 Jul 2011 description

by Adam Abkar Ali | in Society | 07.07.2011

KHARTOUM – The Sudanese government has announced southerners living in the north can no longer keep their jobs.

The government statement was announced by the Ministry of Labour.

Sadiq Joma Bab al-Kheir, the Ministry’s acting undersecretary, said the move is in accordance with a decree issued on 9 June that dismissed all southerners working in the Khartoum government.

09 Jul 2011 description

Contact:
Georgia Afton, U.S. Communications Coordinator: 612-871-0005 x29 gafton@nonviolentpeaceforce.org
Mel Duncan, Director of Advocacy and Outreach: 651-245-8706 mduncan@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

July 8, 2011 — Minneapolis, MN

As Southern Sudan celebrates its first independence day, unarmed civilian peacekeeping — a new approach to human security with Minnesota roots — is saving lives and protecting civilians there.

09 Jul 2011 description

Elizabeth Ferris, Co-Director, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

09 Jul 2011 description
report Medair

As one of the longest serving international NGOs in South Sudan, Medair continues to provide vital support to the people of this new nation at this momentous time in Africa’s history.

On 9 July, South Sudan officially became its own country, independent from Sudan’s northern states. For more than two decades, Sudan’s north and south engaged in a deadly civil war that ended in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Today, six years later, the two regions will govern themselves independently of one another as two separate countries.

08 Jul 2011 description

PRESS RELEASE
08 July 2011
Ministry for Foreign Affairs

"In view of the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and in Sudan, Sweden is now allocating additional humanitarian support to the region to help people in distress," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

08 Jul 2011 description

LEADING UK humanitarian agencies are launching a joint appeal to help more than 10 million people in East Africa parts of which are suffering their worst drought in over half a century.

Caught up in the crisis are thousands of families trekking for days across parched scrubland from Somalia to Kenya – including barefoot children with no food or water.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) announced today (Thursday, 7.7.11) that appeals will be broadcast on Friday by ITV/ITN, BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel Five.

DEC Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:

08 Jul 2011 description

The United States has been deeply engaged in Sudan, having led international efforts to broker the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended decades of civil war between the country’s north and south and as the lead international donor both during and after the war.

Promoting Peace and Security

08 Jul 2011 description

SG/A/1299
AFR/2207
BIO/4299

Biographical Note

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Hilde Johnson of Norway as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan.

08 Jul 2011 description
report UN Security Council

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SC/10314

Security Council
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.

08 Jul 2011 description
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

08 Jul 2011 description

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

08 Jul 2011 description

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.