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04 Jul 2018 description


With more than 1.2 million refugees, mostly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide. Due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, many further refugees currently cross the border to Uganda.

22 Sep 2017 description

The Dutch government is giving an additional €4 million to She Decides. She Decides is the international initiative launched by development minister Lilianne Ploumen to safeguard access to family planning for millions of women in developing countries in the face of the US government’s Global Gag Rule. This policy cancels US funding for aid organisations if their services include access to or information about safe abortions.

17 Mar 2017 description

The government has responded to the appeal made by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to prevent millions of people from dying of starvation in Yemen, North East Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. ‘The UN is warning of complete catastrophe in South Sudan alone, with women and children hiding in dangerous swamps and reduced to eating the roots of swamp plants to survive,’ said development minister Lilianne Ploumen. ‘In Yemen, one child dies every 10 minutes due to violence, hunger and lack of medical assistance.

21 Sep 2016 description

On 21 September, the Republic of Rwanda, Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands co-hosted the 9th Annual Ministerial Roundtable Discussion on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), “The Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians and the Responsibility to Protect,” in association with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

10 Feb 2016 description

The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom and the Heads of Mission of Canada, Japan, Norway and Switzerland issue the following statement in South Sudan:

The Heads of Mission express their grave concern at the potential consequences of the passing of the non-governmental organisations bill, and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission bill in Parliament on 2 February.

15 Jun 2015 description

The Dutch NGOs Joint Humanitarian Response for South Sudan (SSJR) is an emergency live saving program targeting both the IDPs and the host communicates of acute and chronic food insecure households affected by ongoing conflict in Abyei area, Western Bahr-el-Ghazal (WBeG), Equatoria (Eq) Central, Eq East, Eq West, Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile, Warrap States of South Sudan.

The SSJR consortium is led by Save the Children International (SC) and includes CARE, Cordaid, Dorcas, HealthNet-TPO, ICCO & Kerk in Actie, OXFAM-Novib, PLAN, Stichting Vluchteling, World Vision, ZOA.

09 Apr 2015 description

Soon, Dutch expertise will save tens of tons of refugees in Bentiu, South Sudan, from having to wade through ankle-high mud. In the rainy season their camp becomes a quagmire, causing already low living standards to worsen. Following trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen’s visit to South Sudan last autumn, a team of hydraulic engineers – led by the consultancy firm Grontmij – has drawn up a plan to improve the situation. ‘What we’re doing in Bentiu is an excellent example of the added value of Dutch knowledge and expertise,’ said Ms Ploumen.

18 Sep 2014 description

The government has decided to create a new emergency aid fund for the 2014-2017 period. In total an extra €570 million will be made available to meet the most immediate needs of those affected by conflict-related violence and natural disasters. This is in addition to the existing €210 million annual humanitarian aid budget.

05 Feb 2014 description

The Netherlands is making €1 million available for emergency aid to people fleeing violence in South Sudan. This was announced last Friday by Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Since violence erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, over 123,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries. Many of them are currently in Uganda, in areas that are extremely poor and lacking in infrastructure.

04 Jun 2012 description

2 million euros extra emergency aid for South Sudan News article | June 4, 2012

The Netherlands has earmarked an extra EUR 2 million for emergency aid to South Sudan. Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, took this decision because of the rapidly worsening humanitarian situation in the country.

30 Mar 2012 description

The Netherlands will donate an additional €4 million to the Humanitarian Action Plan for South Sudan. In taking this step the Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Ben Knapen, is responding to an appeal by the United Nations and various NGOs.

The money is intended for food programmes run by two UN bodies, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The funds will be managed by the UN’s donor fund and NGOs in South Sudan.

15 Dec 2011 description

Over the past few years the Netherlands has been closely involved in the peace process in Sudan and intends to play a major role in the reconstruction of South Sudan. This commitment was reaffirmed yesterday by Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen in a speech at a high-level conference on the future of South Sudan in Washington, DC.

03 Oct 2011 description

Over the next two years, the Netherlands will be contributing to the UN’s integrated mission in South Sudan, UNMISS. The contribution will be modest but significant, consisting of a maximum of 30 persons, including 15 to 20 members of the Royal and Military Border Police.

UNMISS is important for stability in South Sudan and in the region. It will be fully operational by May 2012, and will focus on state building, human rights and conflict management.

South Sudan