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22 Nov 2017 description

Good morning.

Thank you for joining this press briefing today. My first formal encounter with you since arriving in Juba two months ago.

I wish to give an update on three points: the humanitarian outlook, protection of civilians and the UNCT Cooperation Framework with South Sudan.

01 May 2017 description

(Juba, 1 May 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for South Sudan, Serge Tissot, has demanded that parties to the conflict uphold their responsibilities to protect thousands of Shilluk civilians sheltering in and around Aburoc following the resumption of the government offensive and clashes in several locations on the West Bank in Upper Nile last week.

24 Oct 2016 description

To commemorate UN Day in South Sudan, the United Nations family together with communities of South Sudan, government counterparts, civil society organizations, and development partners marked the 71st anniversary of the UN under the theme: “UN for the people of South Sudan.”

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ellen Margrethe Løj urged South Sudanese leaders to recommit to peace, inclusive dialogue, reconciliation and justice.

28 Sep 2016 description

‘Addressing impunity on sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan’

Your Excellency, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro,

Your Excellency, the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Madam, Awut Deng Acuil Excellencies,

Senior Government officials,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

02 Jul 2016 description

(Juba, 2 July 2016): Following a one-day visit to Wau, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan has expressed shock and outrage regarding the loss of life, displacement, and suffering that civilians have endured as a result of the fighting.

“In Wau, as in so many other locations across this country, it is civilians who have borne the brunt of conflict,” said Mr. Eugene Owusu, Humanitarian Coordinator. “This is entirely unacceptable. All armed actors must immediately uphold their obligations to protect civilians and ensure that the guns remain silent in Wau.”

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.

19 Jan 2016 description

Hon. Prof. Lokulenge Lole,
Hon. Gatwech Peter Kulang,
Excellencies Ambassadors,
Colleagues from the UN System,
Colleagues from the NGO community,
Members of the Press,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team, I would like to welcome all of you all to the launch of the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016.

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.

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.

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.

03 Sep 2013 description

(Juba/Khartoum, 3 September 2013): On behalf of the humanitarian community, we encourage the Governments of South Sudan and Sudan to implement fully the Agreement on the Status of Nationals of the Other State, signed on 27 September 2012, which provides for the four freedoms of residence, movement, property and economic activity to nationals in each other’s state.