More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday, saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later. The locust upsurge is a graphic and shocking reminder of the region's vulnerability, said a joint statement from Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Mark Lowcock, UN Emergency…

South Sudan’s Rivals Form Unity Government Aiming to End War

South Sudan opened a new chapter in its fragile emergence from civil war Saturday as rival leaders formed a coalition government that many observers prayed would last this time around. A day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government, opposition leader Riek Machar was sworn in as his deputy, an arrangement that twice collapsed in fighting during the conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people. Kiir declared the official end…

South Sudan Leaders Say Yes to Unity Government

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar appeared together in Juba on Thursday to say that after several previous failed attempts and missed deadlines to form a unity government, they have agreed to create a new, transitional government by Saturday. Kiir told reporters he was dismantling the current transitional government Thursday and would appoint the agreed-to five vice presidents on Friday. We sat today and agreed that…

UN: South Sudanese Civilians Deliberately Starved Along Ethnic Lines

United Nations investigators are accusing South Sudan's government and opposition forces of deliberately starving and preventing millions of citizens from receiving access to basic life-saving services.The human rights commissioners say corruption and political competition are fueling human rights abuses and are major drivers of ethnic conflict in South Sudan.The U.N. estimates more than 50,000 people have been killed and around four million have been displaced both internally and as refugees…

Deliberate Starvation and Corruption hallmarks of conflict in South Sudan say UN Human Rights Experts

Johannesburg/Geneva (20 February 2020) - Millions of South Sudanese civilians have been deliberately deprived of access to basic services and many deliberately starved, while national revenues have been diverted by the country's politicians, says the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.In its fourth report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, published just ahead of the February 22 deadline for the formation of a national unity government in…

Massive swarms of desert locusts are devouring their way through East Africa. The UN is very worried

Massive swarms of desert locusts are devouring their way through East Africa and have just made landfall in South Sudan, the country's agriculture minister announced on Tuesday, sparking fears of a severe food crisis in a country where nearly 60 percent of the population already faces food insecurity.The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that right now, the pest invasion in the region is an upsurge, but if it…

UNMISS PoC Update, 17 February 2020

UNMISS Protection of Civilians (PoC) Sites Population UpdateAs of 13 February 2020, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 188,528. This includes 115,479 in Bentiu, 27,924 in Malakal, 29,948 in Juba UN House, 1,934 in Bor, and 13,243 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.Source: UN Mission in South Sudan

Progress report on Security Council resolution 2497 (2019) (S/2020/112) [EN/AR]

Introduction1. The present note is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2497 (2019), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May 2020 and requested me to inform it of progress in implementing the UNISFA mandate, in a note, no later than 31 January 2020 and report on progress with the increase in police, the appointment of a civilian…