South Sudan

News in Brief 21 December 2018

  • Dozens of migrants dead and missing, adds to mounting toll off Spanish coast
  • Drought threatens millions in northeast Syria along with continued fighting
  • South Sudan Mission ‘strongly condemns’ assault and detention of ceasefire monitors
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‘Chance for peace’ in South Sudan finally within reach, declares UN Peacekeeping chief

The security situation in South Sudan has significantly improved since the recently signed peace deal between the opposing parties in the country’s civil war, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of UN Peacekeeping (DPKO), told the Security Council on Tuesday.

News in Brief 18 December 2018

  • $2.7 billion appeal for South Sudan refugees - Africa’s largest displacement crisis
  • Vital humanitarian air service risks being grounded in Central African Republic
  • Migration ‘is a force for dignity’, says IOM on International Migrants Day
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UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan

Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission.

News in Brief 03 December 2018

  • Climate change conference begins against backdrop of alarming reports
  • Landmark UN disability report lack of inclusivity   
  • UN South Sudan Mission condemns brutal sexual assaults
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South Sudan: UN condemns ‘brutal’ sexual assaults on roads to Bentiu

Senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres have condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on women and girls, travelling on the road to Bentiu, a town in the north of South Sudan.

South Sudan’s women caught up in ‘futile man’s war’ UN gender equality chief

The women of South Sudan are leading calls for political and militia leaders to honour the recent revitalized peace agreement, and end what they regard as a “futile man’s war”, the head of the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, told the Security Council on Friday.

FROM THE FIELD: South Sudan's green shoots, highlight environmental recovery from war

Some 5,000 seedlings of trees indigenous to South Sudan are being distributed to schools, sports centres and other public meeting places by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS, as part of its commitment to countering climate change.

As South Sudan celebrates, UN envoy cites trust as future ‘key ingredient’

Thousands of elated citizens gathered in South Sudan’s capital of Juba on Wednesday to celebrate an agreement signed in September between the President and his former deputy, which it is hoped will finally end years of brutal conflict across the world’s youngest country.

News in Brief 01 November 2018

  • Yemen famine may be worst in recent history of world
  • ‘Stand-off’ between Somalia’s federal, state authorities threaten to ‘paralyze’ progress – UN envoy
  • Celebrating South Sudan’s ‘Dawn of peace’
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