Friday, 06 February 2015 15:19
More than a year after the outbreak of hostilities in South Sudan in December 2013, the political situation remains fragile and the humanitarian outlook is grim. Some 2.5 million people face severe food insecurity in the first quarter of the year. Humanitarian agencies have appealed for US$1.81 billion to respond to the humanitarian crisis in 2015, of which $600 million is needed by February to repair roads and airstrips and pre-position supplies before the rainy season to reach as many people as possible.
Needs of refugees and host community in the region continue to increase. Some 500,000 South Sudanese have fled the country since December 2013 and more are expected to flee in 2015. An additional $809 million is needed in 2015 for the South Sudan Refugee Response Plan.
This high-level meeting will provide an opportunity to mobilize funding and agree actions needed to create an enabling environment for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and ensure the protection of the civilians.
The event follows a visit from 6-9 February to South Sudan by UN humanitarian chief Valerie and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker to assess the humanitarian situation faced by people affected by the conflict and highlight the urgent need for peace and stability.
· Valerie Amos
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
· Mahboub M. Maalim
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
· Forest Whitaker
UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation
WHAT: Media Conference
WHEN: 9 February 2015 at 17h30
WHERE: UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), in Gigiri — (transport to/from CBD to be provided)