SRSG Haile Menkerios: Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the press corps, thank you for coming here today for this final press conference on the UN’s work in support of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. I will make a few brief opening remarks, and the floor will then be opened to your questions.
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.
8 July 2011 - UN Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon arrived in the Southern Sudanese capital of Juba on the eve of independence celebrations for the new Republic of South Sudan.
Accompanied by UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss and other dignitaries, Mr. Ban was received by Government of Southern Sudan officials and senior UNMIS staff at Juba International Airport.
Radio Miraya Studios UNMIS, Juba
UNMIS Regional Coordinator, David Gressly: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to the Miraya FM studios. It’s been a little over three months since our last media encounter and there is a lot of ground to cover in the time we have today.
5 July 2011 - Thousands of returnees continued to arrive on barges at Juba Way Station today from the north to take part in independence celebrations scheduled for 9 July.
Cecilia John, who arrived on 26 June, said she was very happy to be among friends and relatives to celebrate the “special day for southerners”.
“The independence day is a special day that we have been waiting for,” said Ms. John. “This marks the end to the discrimination and marginalization we southerners suffered for many years.”
5 July 2011 - With three days left before the UNMIS mandate ends, Southern Sudan Regional Coordinator David Gressly held a final press conference in the regional capital Juba, where he highlighted achievements of the mission and its partners.
“(Radio Miraya) stands out as one of the mission’s success stories,” Mr. Gressly said. “It ranks today as the go-to source for fair and balanced news coverage of development in the region.”
UN Radio Miraya FM, which began broadcasting in June 2006, is the most popular radio station in Southern Sudan.
4 July 2011 - An UNMIS team visited Kaldak payam (township) in Jonglei State today to assess the security and humanitarian situation following the 23 April clashes between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the rebel armed group affiliated with Gabriel Tanginye.
An estimated 254 people died and another 250 were wounded in the conflict, while those who were unharmed fled to neighbouring Canal and Phom El Zaraf villages. The township, located in Pigi County, has a population of about 2,000 people.
1 July 2011 – As part of effort to transform the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) into a professional force, UNMIS in partnership with AECOM management services firm conducted an emergency life support course for 10 SPLA doctors today at the Bangladeshi hospital in Juba.
Carried out by 10 Bangladeshi doctors and an international volunteer from Juba Teaching Hospital, the activity was funded by an AECOM project supporting SPLA medical services and training. Topics included cardio pulmonary emergencies, loss of consciousness, shock, drowning and electric shock.
• From 17-23 June, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 5,692 individuals (1,302 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements, representing 18% increase compared to last week. Main destinations were in Central Equatoria (50%) Upper Nile (34%), Eastern Equatoria (7%), and Lakes (3%) with the remainder heading elsewhere in relatively small numbers.
27 June - The past week has allowed me to visit four very different areas of this vast and beautiful country Khartoum, South Sudan, the North-South border area, and Darfur. I have had the opportunity to speak with Government officials, human rights defenders, internally displaces people, member of the international community, and my UN colleagues who work – in very trying conditions I truly appreciate.
Special Focus: New Nation
• Gearing up for independence
• Investing in Southern Sudan’s economy
• Bridging the gap
• New state, new constitution
Displaced persons Fleeing conflict in Abyei
Landmines ‘A living testimony’
Health Fighting fear and disease
Photo Gallery Rafting on the White Nile
Children Reuniting families
Secretary-General’s Report Ban reviews border issues, proposes southern mission
Development Rich in promise
Security Wave of violence
24 June 2011 - After completing a six-week driving course in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State, ex-combatants in the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme were today awarded certificates and driving licenses.
The activity in the state capital, which was attended by 14 former soldiers, was organized by the South Sudan DDR Commission (SSDDRC) and sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
24 June 2011 – German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visited Juba today to acquaint himself with current political and economic developments facing Southern Sudan.
Briefing journalists at the presidential office as he and his seven-person delegation concluded their mission, Mr. Westerwelle said his country looked forward to the south’s independence on 9 July and was ready to support the new nation.
23 June 2011 – To discuss and obtain views about its draft public information (PI) strategy, the Southern Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Commission and UNDDR held a one-day workshop today in Malakal, Upper Nile State.
The participatory workshop was attended by 16 representatives who mapped out a DDR information strategy in post-independent South Sudan.
In opening remarks, Upper Nile State SSDDRC Coordinator David Jal outlined the facilitators' task.
UNMIS called on the Southern Kordofan government today to ensure the protection of civilians, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) who returned to their homes on Monday.
“Most IDPs have returned from the UNMIS perimeter site to their homes,” said Georg Charpentier, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, after a visit to the embattled state. “We call again on the responsibility of the state and security authorities to ensure protection of civilians during these tense times.”
21 June 2011 - Just weeks before Southern Sudan declares its independence, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang began a two-day visit to the region.
Ms. Kang held meetings with high-ranking Government of Southern Sudan officials, including Vice-President of Southern Sudan Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Minister of Regional Cooperation Deng Alor to discuss how human rights can be integrated into new state building efforts after 9 July.
Renovating Juba International Airport, paving roads and clearing slums are just a few ongoing preparations for the historic day on 9 July when Southern Sudan declares its long-awaited independence.
To plan independence celebrations in the capital Juba and coordinate plans with the 10 states, Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) President Salva Kiir Mayardit formed a High Level Committee chaired by Vice-President Riek Machar Teny via a decree last February.
Ayak Deng made her way to Abyei market early one May morning to buy the day’s food for herself and her mother, who was at home looking after her young son.
Wandering around the stalls an hour later, Ms. Deng’s life suddenly took a drastic turn as conflict erupted in the town and she was forced to flee.
Days later, the 20-year-old mother arrived in Turalei, Warrap State, separated from her mother and son.
The Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed today in Addis Ababa to withdraw their troops from Abyei and set up a temporary administration for the area.
Sudanese armed forces will be replaced by an Interim Security Force for Abyei (ISFA), to be made up of Ethiopian troops.
A 13-person delegation led by UNMIS Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan David Gressly returned to Juba today from a three-day security and humanitarian assessment mission to seven counties of Upper Nile and Jonglei states in Southern Sudan.
The tour that began on 14 June was intended to give delegation members a first-hand look at conditions on the ground in those counties, all of which are contiguous with southern Sudan’s international border with Ethiopia or its regional border with the north.