I was asked yesterday about South Sudan and the initialling of governance arrangements in South Sudan. I can say that the initialling of the Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance by some of the parties participating in the negotiations in Khartoum is a step forward for the peace process for South Sudan. However, other parties still have outstanding concerns that have yet to be resolved. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will continue to monitor the ongoing discussions as all parties work towards a genuinely inclusive and enduring peace agreement.
Also in El Salvador, there will be a meeting of the United Nations country team tomorrow to develop a plan of action following the declaration by the Government of a red alert emergency due to the severe drought affecting some 77,000 corn farmers. Lack of rain led to losses of over 90,000 metric tons of corn, one of the main staple foods in the country. The eastern part of the country has reported 33 consecutive days without rain and record temperatures reaching 41°C.