Nairobi, 1 February 2018
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It is impossible to overstate the suffering faced by the people of South Sudan. We are here today on their behalf - those who remain in the country, and those who have fled to nations in this region that have opened their borders in hospitality, including Kenya.
This is my first briefing to the Security Council on South Sudan and I would like to focus on four issues: the humanitarian outlook for the coming months, humanitarian access constraints, current aid delivery, and the help we seek from the Council to guarantee free and consistent access to all those who need humanitarian assistance and protection. I agree with - and will try not to repeat - what was said by Jean-Pierre.
Ambassador Leendertse, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.
It is a real pleasure to be here today. I would like to thank Germany for co-hosting this important event on a topic that has been front and centre on our agenda over the past few months. We have a diverse panel from the humanitarian and development communities, each of them representing organizations that are deeply involved in the ongoing response and averting famine.
As delivered by Ms Reena Ghelani, Deputy Director, OCHA Coordination and Response Division
His Excellency, Mr Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly and Mr Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delivering this statement on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O’Brien.
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of six humanitarian aid workers in an ambush in South Sudan on Saturday, 25 March. This is the third serious attack against aid workers this month alone. Since the start of the conflict in December 2013, attacks against aid workers have continued with impunity and at least 79 aid workers have lost their lives. This is completely unacceptable and must stop now, especially at a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels.
New York, 19 December 20165
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I offer my condolences to the Russian Federation over the death of its Ambassador in Turkey.
My thanks to the Secretary-General for his powerful statement and his clear ask to this Council and Government of South Sudan to which I fully align.
***New York, 22 September 2016**
Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to thank you once again for your participation in this important meeting. It has underlined the urgency of strong collective action and solidarity with the people of South Sudan.
Panellists have spoken with alarm of the brutal levels of violence meted out on civilians in this conflict and the dire need for strong protection solutions.
I have just returned from a three-day visit to South Sudan, where I had the opportunity to see for myself the enormous and complex humanitarian crisis facing the people of this young country, and the impact of recent fighting and violence.
This was my second visit to South Sudan since I assumed this role last June. Sadly, in the past year, the humanitarian situation has significantly deteriorated, including in areas that were relatively stable, and displacement and hunger are now widespread across the country.
Today, I conclude my timely and important three-day visit to South Sudan where I had the opportunity to see for myself the enormous and complex multifaceted humanitarian crisis facing the people of this young country.
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Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.
New York, 25 August 2015
Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Security Council following my visit to South Sudan on 22-25 July. This was my first visit to South Sudan as the Emergency Relief Coordinator. My objective was to evaluate the humanitarian situation first-hand and to address critical concerns affecting our operations in South Sudan.
REMARKS TO THE PRESS
Juba, South Sudan, 25 July 2015
This is my first opportunity to talk to you about the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. But it’s the third or fourth time that many of you have attended such an event.
And that is at the heart of this emergency: the failure to end the violence that is fuelling humanitarian needs.
Thank you for inviting me to address today’s important meeting.
We meet today at a time of seemingly unprecedented violence and intolerance in our world. From, for example, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Myanmar and Nigeria, we face major challenges in combatting extremism and promoting understanding between communities.
Nairobi, Kenya, 9 February 2015
Your Excellency Ambassador Mahboub M. Maalim,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Mr. Whitaker, the UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and I have just completed a three-day visit to South Sudan.
Thank you for being here at such short notice. My remarks are a way of introduction to what we have seen during our visit.
I am visiting South Sudan with UNESCO Special Envoy Forest Whitaker. We wanted to see for ourselves the day-to-day impact of the crisis of people caught in the middle of fighting.
Yesterday, we travelled to Ayod County in Jonglei State. People are desperate for peace. They are tired of living in fear. Many have had to flee several times. They are exhausted. They lack water; they are extremely worried for their children, who are not in school and at risk of being recruited into armed groups. Sexual violence is rife. All people want to live in safety, security and stability.
We are now halfway through the year and I wanted to update you on some of the humanitarian concerns and challenges we are facing as we seek to respond to the needs of millions of people around the world.
There is no let-up in the number of humanitarian crises that need our attention, or indeed in their severity. Most recently, of course, we have Iraq and the large numbers of displaced people in the last few days and the situation in Ukraine is also worsening.
I would first like to thank Mr. Børge Brende [Norwegian Foreign Minister] for his personal commitment to the people of South Sudan, and thank the Government of Norway for its continued commitment and their generous pledge.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you all very much for coming to Oslo today to show support to the millions of South Sudanese people who are in desperate need.
(New York, 27 February 2014)
I am deeply concerned by the grave humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where, despite the recent ceasefire agreement, the lives of millions of civilians are threatened by lack of food, outbreaks of disease, and continued violence.
I am coming to the end of a three-day visit to South Sudan where I have had an opportunity to see for myself the impact of the conflict on people over the last six weeks. I have also had an opportunity to discuss the situation with the President [Salva Kiir], the Ministers of Humanitarian and Cabinet Affairs, donors, UN agencies, and partner organizations in the country.