In recent years, the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has often been in the headlines due to the protracted armed conflict which has engulfed the country since December 2013.
However, despite the challenges posed by the conflict, the landlocked eastern-central Africa country has been working with UN Environment, and other international partners, to address decades of environmental degradation.
05/04/2018 - by Fleur Monasso, Climate Centre, The Hague
South Sudan’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM) last week published its Strategic Plan 2018–20 for saving life and reducing the impacts of disaster across the country.
It was launched at a special event in Juba on Wednesday – sponsored by Partners for Resilience (PfR) – that also included an exhibition by all the ministry’s collaborators.
When Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16 years old. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan over the last two years, Mandelena and her family have been able to eat only one meal per day. In her community, crops are failing, cattle are dying and children are dropping out of school because of hunger. Women and girls walk four to five hours every day to collect water, and young girls are married off for a dowry of cattle as soon as they hit puberty.
January 28, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan has vowed to implement resilient and adaptive mechanisms to mitigate negative effects of climate change partly responsible for the hunger crisis in the war-torn East African country.
Joseph Bartel, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said climate change was the cause of erratic rainfall patterns, excessive heat, drought and loss of soil fertility and desertification in the country that was recently declassified by the UN to be no longer in famine.
By Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue
How do climate and seasonal changes influence conflict? During the Stockholm World Water week Cordaid’s Sanne Vermeulen presented the case of farmers in South Sudan, a country that ranks highest on the Fragile State Index.
Sanne Vermeulen, Cordaid’s Resilience advocacy expert, presented a case in South Sudan where farmers have their own piece of land to grow their crop and cattle herders travel from place to place, depending on where their cattle can graze.
Climate change’s multiplier effect on conflict
South Sudan is vulnerable to number of natural disasters, the most common being weather related such as floods, drought, heat waves, disease outbreaks and earthquake, to mention only but a few. All these hazards aggravated by climate change have increased in recent years in terms of intensity, frequency and complexity leaving behind them trails of several destruction of infrastructures, human misery and loss of livelihoods.
According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2017, South Sudan is ranked amongst the five most vulnerable countries in the world alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Haiti and Liberia.
Studies have shown that over the last three decades, temperature has increased in South Sudan. It is also predicted that temperature in South Sudan will increase by 2 1/2 times more than the global average.
29 June 2017, JUBA — A wide-ranging coalition of policy makers, political leaders, and development partners held a two-day interactive conference in Juba, South Sudan designed to generate ideas and concrete action points to protect and help vulnerable communities to adapt against the negative effects of climate change.
Ahead of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced that it would work with partners to accelerate the implementation of the Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme (DRSLP) in the Horn of Africa.
By Sanne Boswijk
The world faces one of the largest food crises in 70 years, with 30 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — suffering severe acute food insecurity. If no action is taken, millions may die of hunger.
On February 20th 2017, the Government of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, declared famine, becoming the first country to do so since 2012.
On February 20th 2017, the Government of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, declared famine, becoming the first country to do so since 2012. According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) results, some 100,000 people may die from starvation, while a further 1 million are on the brink of famine.
The world faces the largest food crises in 70 years, with more than 10 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — on the brink of famine, and a further 30 million severely food insecure.
The National Adaption Programme of Action (NAPA) for climate change was launched in Juba today, as part of the government’s global obligation to taking action to lessen effects of climate change.
The 60-page document was launched by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program.
Radio Miraya’s Sani Martin reports from the launch.
21 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today signed a new partnership agreement with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media, and welcome to the United Nations weekly press briefing broadcast live on UN radio Miraya from UN House, in Juba. A warm welcome to our radio listeners who have tuned in and the media from Torit, and also of course of very Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim friends.
The National Legislative Assembly has passed the country’s first national strategy governing the use of environmental resources.
The National Environmental Policy is a ten year plan that seeks to develop laws, regulations and guidelines to ensure the protection, conservation and sustainable use of the country’s natural resources.
The 2015-2025 policy was presented to the national Parliament by Environment minister Deng Deng Hoc in September last year.
Deng Deng Hoc Yai says passing of the environmental policy is a significant step.
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In South Sudan, the current demand for cooking fuels, and access to these resources, has huge implications for the environment and people’s well-being. The environmental risks associated with fuel wood use in the country are significant, given the damaging, long-term effects of over-exploiting natural forests. With these risks in mind, FAO and the Government of South Sudan launched a one-day consultative workshop on charcoal production and trade to raise awareness on the impact of charcoal production.