Closing Remarks by the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Joyce Msuya, at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment

New York, 23 June 2022As DeliveredThank you, Mr. Chair.Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,It is an honour to close the 2022 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment.As Secretary-General Guterres noted at the start of this week, the world is confronting a megacrisis fuelled by conflict, climate change, the rising cost of living and a pandemic.The result is an alarming increase in hunger, poverty, displacement and inequality almost everywhere. For hundreds of thousands of people,…

Seed Emergency Response Tool Guidance for Practitioners (June 2022)

TheSeed Emergency Response Tool (SERT), developed by Mercy Corps and SeedSystem through ISSD Africa, is for policy makers, program managers, and field staff engaged in emergency and early recovery agricultural responses. It helps those new to this area of work, as well as those with experience, to make informed, quality decisions about the choice of a seed security intervention and how best to implement it.Effective seed security responses require strategic…

African Union withdraws from ‘dishonest’ Sudan talks

The African Union (AU) has pulled out of brokering talks in Sudan after a boycott by civilian political groups had made them "dishonest".Last March, the United Nations Transition Support Mission in Sudan (UNTAMS), the African Union, and IGAD announced the formation of a tripartite mechanism to mediate between the Sudanese parties.The AU ambassador to Sudan, Mohammed Belaiche, announced the bloc’s withdrawal from the tripartite mechanism in protest against what he…

Lakes State ministers, advisors receive new Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles

The leadership of the Lakes State government on Tuesday distributed 10 Hart Top Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles to 7 ministers and 3 state advisors. Speaking shortly after handing over the vehicles to the state officials, Deputy Governor Poth Madit urged those who did not get cars to wait for the second consignment due for delivery in the state.“We just issued out these 10 vehicles to 3 advisors and 7 ministers.…

FFC, civil society groups slam statements of African Union envoy in Sudan

The mainstream Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and a number of civil society groups on Wednesday denounced statements by the African Union ambassador in Sudan suspending his participation in the Trilateral Mechanism.Mohamed Belaiche, a Moroccan diplomat serving as the African Union (AU) representative in Sudan, Tuesday, said he has been excluded from the efforts by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to bridge the gaps between Sudanese main rivals, the…

FFC, civil society groups slam statements of African Union envoy in Sudan

The mainstream Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and a number of civil society groups on Wednesday denounced statements by the African Union ambassador in Sudan suspending his participation in the Trilateral Mechanism.Mohamed Belaiche, a Moroccan diplomat serving as the African Union (AU) representative in Sudan, Tuesday, said he has been excluded from the efforts by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to bridge the gaps between Sudanese main rivals, the…

South Sudan parties lack political will to hold elections: NDM

The principal signatories to South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement have no political will to hold elections, an opposition movement said.The National Democratic Movement (NDM), led Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, said prerequisites for conducting free, fair and credible polls have not been fulfilled.“Today, 22 June, is exactly six (6) months to the time for conducting the general elections as specified in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the…

Navigating a Pandemic Amid Political and Economic Instability: An Assessment of the Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants in Eastern Sudan (April 2022)

SUMMARYThe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and associated containment measures have impacted numerous dimensions of the lives of migrants, including their health, education, livelihoods and economic security, social cohesion and mobility. As part of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) efforts to draw attention to the adverse consequences of the pandemic for migrants in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, this study focuses on international migrants (mainly from…