Africa is the only continent where nations have an average life expectancy below 60, and there are 28 of them. Even relatively developed South Africa’s dying age is 59. The lowest life expectancy is in Sierra Leone – just 46 – followed by Lesotho, Ang…Read more
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Déplacements et visites
Lundi 04 avril
President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the memorial ceremony for Mr Guido Westerwelle, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, in Berlin.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Kyra Dreher, Mr Fabian Paagman and Mr Jean-Luc Treutenaere, Co-Presidents of the European and International Booksellers Federation, in Brussels.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Ms Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Pasquale Valentini, Minister for Foreign and Political Affairs, Tourism and Relations with the Public Utilities State Corporation of San Marino.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Ms Federica Mogherini attends the EU-UNODC High-Level event to mark 10 years of the partnership between the European Union and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Brussels.
Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Berlin: speaks at the conference “Asylum and Migration in the European Union”.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič and Mr Karmenu Vella in The Hague, The Netherlands: Mr Šefčovič delivers a speech and Mr Vella participates at the Inter-Parliamentary meeting, organised by the Dutch Parliament, on Energy, Innovation and Circular Economy.
Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Ari Kaperi, Chief Risk Officer of Nordea.
Mr Günther Oettinger in Dortmund, Germany: delivers a speech at the Conference “Wirtschaft trifft Politik”.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Thomas Lembong, Minister of Trade of Indonesia.
Mr Neven Mimica in Sudan (until 06/04): holds a number of bilateral meetings.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Berlin, Germany: meets with Mr Uwe Corsepius, Head of the European Policy Division in the German Chancellery, and Mr Lars-Hendrik Röller, Head of the Economic, Financial and Energy Policy Division in the German Chancellery and Personal Representative of the Federal Chancellor for the G7/G20 Summits; meets with Ms Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives of the European Crop Protection Association.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos on official visit to Turkey.
M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: rencontre M. François Hollande, Président de la République française.
M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe au Dialogue Citoyen “Parlons d’Europe” organisé par La Maison de l’Europe de Paris et le Centre d’Information Europe Direct Paris.
Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen.
Mr Jonathan Hill meets with Mr Wim Mijs, Chief Executive of the European Banking Federation.
Mr Jonathan Hill meets with Mr Tihomir Kamenov, Chairman of the Commercial League National Pharma Center Inc.
Ms Vĕra Jourová in the Czech Republic: speaks at the 2016 Visegrad Four for Developing Information Society Conference.
Ms Corina Creţu receives Ms Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria.
Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Francesco Rocca, President of the Italian Red Cross.
Mr Carlos Moedas in Amsterdam, The Netherlands: meets with Mr Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society; delivers a keynote speech at the Dutch Presidency’s Open Science Conference on open access to scientific publications and hosts the launch of an Open Science Policy Platform; visits the NEMO Science Centre.
Mardi 05 avril
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives members of the Committee on EU Affairs of the German Bundestag.
President Jean-Claude Juncker has a working lunch meeting with Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Alexander Dobrindt, Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Stavros Theodorakis, Leader of the Greek political party “To Potami”.
Mr Frans Timmermans on official visit to Poland.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Mahamat Salef Annadif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia-Romagna and member of the Democratic Party of Italy.
Ms Federica Mogherini and Mr Jonathan Hill receive Mr Federico Ghizzoni, CEO of UniCredit.
Mr Andrus Ansip delivers an opening speech at DigitalEurope Conference, in Brussels.
Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a speech at the S&D Digital Europe Working Group, in Brussels.
Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Vitālijs Gavrilovs, President of Employers’ Confederation of Latvia.
Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in the Politico Playbook Breakfast to discuss boosting growth and competitiveness in the European Union, in Brussels.
Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in a roundtable event hosted by Invest Europe, in Brussels.
Mr Günther Oettinger attends a roundtable on Digitisation of Banking, in Brussels.
Mr Günther Oettinger in Ludwigsburg, Germany: delivers a speech at the International Forum on Sustainability (CSR Forum).
Ms Cecilia Malmström participates in a roundtable of the American European Community Association (AECA).
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Ms Montserrat Mir Roca, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and Mr Benjamin Denis, Special Advisor at the ETUC.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Matthias Warning, Managing Director at Nord Stream AG, and Mr Gerhard Schröder, Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of Nord Stream AG and former Chancellor of Germany.
Mr Karmenu Vella delivers an opening speech at the event on “Blue Growth calls under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)”, in Brussels.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Ms Michèle Delaunay, Member of the Parliament of France and President of “Alliance contre le tabac” (French coalition against Tobacco).
Ms Corina Creţu and Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participate in a roundtable meeting “How to strengthen the integration of migration in urban context?,” with Mr Eberhard Van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam; Mr Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens; Ms Ada Colau Ballano, Mayor of Barcelona; Mr Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent; Ms Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö; Ms Ritva Viljanen, Vice Mayor of Helsinki; Mr Thomas Fabian, Vice Mayor of Leipzig; Ms Colombe Brossel, Vice Mayor of Paris; and Ms Hella Dunger-Löper, State Secretary, Representative of the Land of Berlin to the German Federal Government, in Brussels.
Ms Marianne Thyssen, Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Ms Corina Creţu deliver speeches at the high-level conference “Attracting investment in tourism”, in Brussels.
M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: rencontre M. Philippe Wahl, Président Général du Groupe La Poste.
Mr Pierre Moscovici receives Ms Katarina Barley, Member of the German Bundestag and Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr PhilGuy, Managing Director, and Mr Ben Drew, of Tangent Link Ltd.
Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for the Environment; Mr Corrado Pirzio-Biroli, Executive Chairman of the Rural Investment Support for Europe (RISE) Foundation and Chairman of the Consultative Committee of the European Landowners Organization (ELO); and Mr Allan Buckwell, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).
Mr Phil Hogan participates at the Farm Europe Conference debate on “CAP – Paving the way for a sustainable growth for the EU”.
Mr Phil Hogan receives Ms Kersti Kaljulaid and Mr Phil Wynn Owen, Members of the European Court of Auditors.
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers an opening speech at the SME Round Table at the European Economic and Social Committee, in Brussels.
Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Martin Curley, Vice President of Intel.
Mercredi 06 avril
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers the closing speech at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)’s High-Level Conference “Europe as an Investment Destination”, in Brussels.
Ms Federica Mogherini attends S&D Group Conference on Africa at the European Parliament, in Brussels.
Ms Kristalina Georgieva delivers a keynote speech at a stakeholders event “Awareness Raising Event on the Financial Regulation Revision 2016“, in Brussels.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič participates in a public event on “Energy Union and the Need for Integrated Energy Solutions” with energy industry stakeholders, in Brussels.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič participates in the Conference “Nord Stream2: “Energy Union at the Crossroads””, in Brussels.
Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in the European Political Strategy Centre conference on investment.
Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Matti Pennanen, Mayor of Oulu (Finland).
Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a speech at the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Workshop on Quantum Technologies for Europe, in Brussels.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Joaquín Gay de Montellá, President of Foment del Treball Nacional.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete participates in the signing ceremony of the Grant Agreement for the MidCat energy project.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Baudilio Tomé Muguruza, Member of the European Court of Auditors.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in the Joint Meeting of the High Level Group and Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, in Brussels.
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the opening of the European Migration Forum, in Brussels.
Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Enrico Rossini, President of the Italian Region of Tuscany.
Mr Jonathan Hill in London, the United Kingdom (until 07/04): delivers a speech at TheCityUK Advisory Council.
Mr Tibor Navracsics in Cologne, Germany: speaks at the closing ceremony of the European Health and Fitness Forum.
Ms Corina Creţu delivers a speech at an event on the International Roma Day in the European Parliament, in Brussels.
Jeudi 07 avril
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives General Michail Kostarakos, Chairman of the EU Military Committee.
Ms Federica Mogherini, Mr Andrus Ansip, Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, Mr Neven Mimica, Ms Marianne Thyssen, Ms Violeta Bulc, Mr Christos Stylianides in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: participate in the 8th College-to-College Meeting between the European Commission and the African Union Commission.
Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Ms Liliana Pavlova, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria.
Mr Johannes Hahn on official visit to Tunisia.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Paris, France: meets with Ms Segolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs of France, responsible for International Climate Relations.
Mr Karmenu Vella in Algeria: holds a series of bilateral meetings including with Mr Boudjema Talai, Minister for Transport; and with Mr Sid Ahmed Ferroukhi, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Portugal: meets with Mr Adalberto Campos Fernandes, Minister of Health of Portugal; attends a ceremony at the Parliament of Portugal in honour of Mr António Arnaut (founder of the Portuguese Health System), in the presence of Mr António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal.
M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Hervé Bourrier, Directeur général d’Arcelor Mittal France.
Mr Pierre Moscovici receives Mr Wilhelm Molterer, Managing Director for the European Fund for Strategic Investments.
Mr Phil Hogan in Paris, France (until 08/04): participates in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Agriculture Ministerial Meeting; meets with Mr José Calzada Rovirosa, Secretary of Agriculture of Mexico; meets with Mr Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada.
Mr Jonathan Hill in London, the United Kingdom (until 07/04): meets with Mr Dominic Johnson, CEO of Somerset Capital Management; meets with Ms Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom.
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Romania: meets with Mr Dacian Cioloș, Prime Minister; Mr Costin Borc, Vice Prime Minister; with Representatives of Business Coalition; and visits the Extreme Light Infrastructure in Măgurele.
Mr Tibor Navracsics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: delivers a keynote speech and takes part in the high-level debate on tackling radicalisation at the EU Youth Conference organised by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union (alongside Mr Martin van Rijn, Deputy Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, and Ms Silvia Costa, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education in the European Parliament).
Ms Corina Creţu in Hungary: meets with Mr János Lázár, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and Mr Balázs Rákossy, Secretary of State, responsible for EU developments; visits the National Parliament; visits an EU-funded project, the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy.
Ms Margrethe Vestager in the United States of America: attends the Women’s Competition Network (WCN).
Vendredi 08 avril
Ms Federica Mogherini in Jakarta, Indonesia: meets with Mr Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia; Mr Le Luong Minh, Secretary General of ASEAN; and with the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Florence, Italy: delivers a speech on “The External Dimension of the Energy Union”, at the Florence School of Regulation.
Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, Mr Neven Mimica, Ms Marianne Thyssen, and Mr Christos Stylianides in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: on field visits.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Nin Novoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid, Spain: meets with Mr Borja Prado Eulate, Chairman of Endesa; meets with Mr Aniceto Zaragoza Ramírez, Director General of Oficemen.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Portugal: holds a series of bilateral meetings including with Mr Luís Manuel Capoulas Santos, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Portugal; with Mr António Vitorino, former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs; and with Mr Luís Gardete Correia, President of the Portuguese Diabetes Association (APDP); participates in a Citizens’ dialogue dedicated to the World Health Day; attends a hearing of the Parliamentary Committees on Health, European Affairs and Agriculture.
M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: rencontre M. Pierre-René Lemas, Directeur général du groupe Caisse des Dépôts .
Mr Phil Hogan in Paris, France: participates in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Agriculture Ministerial Meeting.
Mr Jonathan Hill in Oxford, the United Kingdom (until 08/04): delivers a speech at Königswinter Conference.
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Romania: participates with Mr Costin Borc, Vice Prime Minister, in the conference “Improving the business environment”; meets with Ms Anca Dragu, Minister of Finance and with Ms Aura Răducu, Minister of European Funds.
Ms Vĕra Jourová in Bulgaria: meets with Mr Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister; with Ms Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs and Minister of Education and Science; with Mr Ivaylo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister for Demographic and Social Policies and Minister of Labor and Social Policy; with Ms Ekaterina Zaharieva, Minister of Justice; with Mr Sotir Tsatsarov, the Prosecutor General; with the Union of Judges and with the Head of the Consumer Protection Commission.
Ms Corina Creţu in Hungary: visits the EU-funded projects: “Development of Infrastructure of Regular Mammography Screening in Hódmezővásárhely, Szentes and Arad” and the “ELI-ALPS” laser technology research facility.
Ms Margrethe Vestager in the United States of America: attends the American Bar Association (ABA) Spring Meeting.
Mr Carlos Moedas presents the European Capital of Innovation Award (JMB) at the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels.
Samedi 09 avril
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) Board meeting and General Assembly, in Brussels.
Dimanche 10 avril
Ms Federica Mogherini in Japan (until 11/04): attends the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting.
Prévisions du mois d’avril:
11-12/04 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Luxembourg.
11-14/04 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.
18-19/04 Foreign Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.
21/04 Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.
27-28/04 European Parliament plenary session, in Brussels.
Prévisions du mois de mai:
09-12/05 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.
10/05 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels.
12-13/05 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.
17/05 Eurogroup, in Brussels.
23/05 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.
24/05 General Affairs Council, in Brussels.
25/05 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.
25-26/05 European Parliament plenary session, in Brussels.
26-27/05 Competitiveness Council, in Brussels.
30-31/05 Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, in Brussels.
Prévisions du mois de juin:
06-07/06 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, in Luxembourg.
06-09/06 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.
09-10/06 Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.
13/06 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, in Luxembourg.
16/06 Eurogroup, in Brussels.
22-23/06 European Parliament plenary session, in Brussels.
23-24/06 European Council, in Brussels.
Permanence DG COMM du 2 au 3 avril:
Mr Daniel ROSARIO, +32 (0)460 764 267
Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748
Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tel. : +32 (0)229 52123
Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748
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By Salah Mohammed, UNAMID
UNAMID’s Water and Environmental Protection (WEP) Unit works every day to implement innovative, sustainable environmental protection measures across Darfur. These initiatives are aimed at reducing and managing the risks associated with climate change across the region.
A mainstay of WEP’s environmental programme here includes greening initiatives which combat desertification and address the occurrence of droughts, floods and other extreme ecological imbalances.
In this regard, UNAMID WEP has established ten nurseries producing tree seedlings and rehabilitated another similar venture for the North Darfur Agricultural Research Centre (ARC) with a production capacity of 50,000 seedlings per year. In addition, the Mission has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the National Forestry Corporation (NFC) to meet the high demand of seedlings in North, South, West and Central Darfur.
As of February 2016, a total of 330,000 trees, which include both drought-resistant and fruit trees, have been planted in the aforementioned locations across Darfur. NFC uses funds derived from the sale of these seedlings to establish nurseries in remote locations for easy access by the local communities. This strategy facilitates a collective approach toward increased vegetation cover in Darfur, enhances the carbon dioxide uptake, and thereby combats global warming.
Lack of adequate access to water for all is one of the main non-political drivers of the ongoing conflict in Darfur. Keeping this in view, to facilitate the harvesting of rainwater, WEP has constructed infrastructure at the Mission’s headquarters in El Fasher, North Darfur; Nyala, South Darfur; Zalingei, Central Darfur; and El Geneina, West Darfur, which has the capacity to harvest some 5.3 million litres annually. Such rainwater harvesting reduce damages to expensive equipment and buildings caused by flood water. Moreover, harvested water functions as a water supply security measure as well as a source of clean water when boreholes become inaccessible due to flooding during the rainy season.
Furthermore, the Mission has also installed 122 wastewater treatment plants at its camps across Darfur. These use an activated sludge treatment process to treat wastewater generated in UNAMID’s various locations to a level acceptable for reuse as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). This treated wastewater is used as a substitute for fresh water to meet the non-potable water demands of the Mission’s personnel–toilet flushing, tree planting, car washing, construction works, dust control and firefighting—and has reduced the need for fresh water in the Mission’s camps where these systems have been installed, by some 40 per cent. The trees planted near UNAMID’s camps are also watered with treated wastewater and assist the Mission in reducing its carbon footprint and reduces the encroachment of desert.
To further eliminate pollution of groundwater and promote the concept of ‘waste to wealth,’ a composting facility, which uses the organic part of the waste stream from UNAMID’s headquarters, and a briquetting capability, which converts shredded paper into briquettes for cooking, have been established at the Zam Zam waste disposal site near El Fasher, North Darfur. To date, 100 informal waste pickers and 60 students from El Fasher University have been trained. Some 4 cubic meters of compost is produced weekly by the local community from food waste and sold to farmers to use as natural fertilizers on their farmlands. Such training activities enhance crop production as well as the purchasing power of people.
Moreover, the abundant sunshine in Darfur provides a good source of renewable solar energy, which can be used to replace fossil fuel for power generation. Recognizing this potential, UNAMID installed 600 solar street lights with in its camps, 256 solar water heaters, 4 solar borehole pumps and solar farm for Communication and information technology equipment’s. Through the use of solar energy for power production, diesel fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions responsible for global warming has been reduced.
UNAMID continues to evaluate and monitor its environmental practices to ensure that both its staff members as well as the Darfuri people benefit from good practices designed to ensure development and economic growth in this conflict-torn region.Read more
South Sudan: UNDP presents its country programme to support sustainable development, and calls for engagement on early recovery and stabilization
30 March 2016, JUBA—The United Nations Development Programme hosted representatives from major development partners resident in South Sudan to present its 2016-2017 Country Programme Document and proposed programme portfolio. UNDP advocated for rolling out early recovery and stabilization initiatives in South Sudan as part of the assistance package to support the implementation of the peace agreement.
The delegates reviewed UNDP’s proposed programme which is centered on building more resilient communities, reinvigorating local economies, and strengthening peace and governance to help the young nation transition from crisis to recovery, stabilization and development.
“The approach of ‘relief first and development later’ is no longer tenable in the kind of complex and protracted crises we face today,” said Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative to South Sudan, Eugene Owusu. “There are encouraging signs that the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity is finally gathering momentum, thereby providing opportunities for collaborative and transformative engagements to put South Sudan back on the sustainable development path,” added Owusu.
The meeting brought together representatives from the Norwegian, Dutch, Japanese, Swiss, European Union, German, French and Chinese Embassies, as well as representatives from DFID, USAID, IMF and the World Bank.
UNDP’s programme contributes to three priority areas of the 2016-2017 Interim Cooperation Framework of the United Nations Country Team namely, building more resilient communities, strengthening peace and governance, and the local economy reinvigorated. The programme will be pivotal in paving the way for medium to long term growth and helping the country to avoid a relapse into conflict and the associated large recurrent needs for humanitarian assistance.
“The conversation around bridging the gap between humanitarian and development assistance is timely and UNDP’s policy role is appreciated,” said Minister Counsellor, Head of Political Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Sudan, Philippe Coessens.
UNDP will scale up existing projects and launch new initiatives in the areas of good governance, community security and revitalising local economies through provision of policy advisory services, transitional justice, peacebuilding, entrepreneurial development, and renewable energy and climate change adaptation, among others.
UNDP’s contributions towards enhancement of civil service capacity; provision of HIV and TB treatment and livelihood support to conflict-affected and disaster-prone communities as well as strengthening of health systems and capacity of the rule of law sector were highlighted.
“[This] was a good discussion. We are interested in engaging further on UNDP’s proposed country programme,” said Gunnar Holm from the Norwegian Embassy in Juba.
For more information, contact the UNDP South Sudan Communications team at email@example.com.
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.Read more
Aid groups said it has started reaching restricted areas in South Sudan after access restrictions have been lifted from them in Wau Shilluk, Western Bank of the River Nile, Malakal amongst others.
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, Upper Nile State, South Sudan. [© IOM 2015]
By Jok P Mayom
JUBA, 31 March 2016 [Gurtong]- According to the Humanitarian update release this week, the aid group said their access from Malakal to the west bank of the River Nile by boat was reopened in mid-March following intensive access negotiations.
“….After nearly a month of restrictions, the Government reopened humanitarian access from Malakal to the west bank of the River Nile by boat mid-March following intensive access negotiations” reads the humanitarian bulletin.
Aid groups said on 16th March, an inter-agency team of 18 aid workers, both South Sudanese and international, travelled from Malakal to Wau Shilluk, delivering critical health and WASH supplies.
Humanitarian partners have since resumed regular delivery of assistance.
“Although humanitarian access restrictions have been lifted, freedom of movement for civilians has yet to be granted and families stranded on either side of the river bank are unable to be reunited” said aid workers.
At least 84 cases of family separation have been documented between the Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site and Wau Shilluk.
A group of three siblings staying at Malakal PoC said to aid workers, “We miss our mother. She was sick when she went to Wau Shilluk more than a month ago. We have no idea why she can’t come back. We need nothing else, but our mother.”
The critical importance of family reunification was recently highlighted by families who were split during the fighting and fires in Malakal PoC on 17-18 February.
“There is nothing more painful than being separated from your child in war time, but there is nothing more joyful than reuniting a family in a war zone,” a mother who was recently reunified with her child in Malakal said to aid groups.
Ariane Quentier, UNMISS Spokesperson said on Wednesday at a press briefing that it has also been difficult for UNMISS to have access and support delivery of humanitarian aid.
Aid groups said, in the south of Mundri West County where clashes also broke-out in mid-February 2016, humanitarian partners managed to deliver food in Bari on 27 February and an inter-agency humanitarian team travelled to Mundri Town, Kotobi, Gariya, Landigwa and Bangolo from 2 to 4 March to deliver life-saving assistance and assess the situation.
Furthermore, in the western and southern parts of Wau town and surrounding villages – including Mboro, Kayango, Ngondo, Ngonjeko, Natabu and Ngomba were reported fighting in recent weeks, displacing tens of thousands of people.
“In Mboro, about 8,000 internally displaced people (IDP) stranded since February reportedly in need of urgent assistance were forced to flee when fighting escalated on 21 March. There are also unverified reports of around 10,000 to 12,000 IDPs further south in Suwe” said
Aid groups also said following fighting in February, about 30,000 people have reportedly been displaced in Pibor and Gumuruk counties, including about 2,300 people who fled to the protected site in Pibor.
“12 humanitarian partners on the ground in Pibor have been providing life-saving assistance to displaced people in the protected site, including access to safe water, emergency latrines and bathing areas, hygiene promotion to prevent disease outbreaks, distribution of high energy biscuits and other nutrition supplies for children under age 5, and medical treatment” said Aid groups as they reach Pibor.
However, South Sudan Government through its spokesperson Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information has been denying the government involvement of blocking the humanitarian partners from delivering services to the needy.
Makuei reported that the government has been only doing the checking for security purposes.
UNMISS updates indicates that a total of 188,144 civilians are sheltering in Protection of Civilians sites (PoCs) including; UN House PoC I and III 27,950, Bentiu 116,538, Malakal 40,448 Melut 700, Bor 2,289 and Wau 219.