Category Archives: Press Release

WFP Press Release: GERMANY HELPS WFP CONTINUE ITS ASSISTANCE TO DISPLACED & NEEDY PEOPLE IN SUDAN

KHARTOUM, 11 July 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today two substantial contributions totalling €2.5 million (US$2.7 million) from the Government of Germany to support its work across Sudan and help tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Darfur. Continue reading

بيان صحفي: يوم الغذاء العالمي: زراعة أسرية. تطعم العالم، وتحمي الأرض

الخرطوم، 16 أكتوبر 2014 — يشارك السودان بفعالية في الأعمال التحضيرية لرصد يوم الغذاء العالمي لعام 2014 والذى يتم الاحتفال به عالميا يوم 16 أكتوبر2014 تحت شعار – زراعة أسرية. تطعم العالم، وتحمي الأرض. ويقول الدكتور عبدى جامع ممثل منظمة الأغذية والزراعة في السودان، “إن شعار الاحتفال يتوافق مع الهدف الرئيسي لمنظمة الأغذية والزراعة الذي يدعو إلى تحقيق الأمن الغذائي للجميع وانه في صميم جهود المنظمة الرامية – والذى يحرص على ضمان حصول جميع الناس على ما يكفي من أغذية عالية الجودة بانتظام ليعيشوا حياة نشطة وصحية”.

ويواصل الدكتور جامع قائلا: “إن أهدافنا الرئيسية الثلاثة هي القضاء على الجوع توفير الأمن الغذائي حسن التغذية؛ والقضاء على الفقر ودفع عجلة التقدم الاقتصادي والاجتماعي للجميع؛ والإدارة المستدامة واستخدام الموارد الطبيعية، بما فيها الأرض والمياه والمناخ والموارد المستدامه لصالح المجتمع والأجيال القادمة.”

وجاء فى تقارير مرحلة التصنيف المتكامل للأمن الغذائي ، المستخدمة لتقدير عدد الأشخاص المتضررين من انعدام الأمن الغذائي، بأن عدد الذين يعانون من انعدام الأمن الغذائي هو 4.8 مليون شخص للفترة ما بين أغسطس وأكتوبر للعام 2014.

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FAO Press Release: World Food Day “FAMILY FARMING: FEEDING THE WORLD, CARING FOR THE EARTH.”

Khartoum, 16 October 2014 —Sudan is actively engaged in the preparations for observing the World Food Day (WFD) 2014 on the 16th of October, 2014. This year’s WFD is globally celebrated under the theme of “FAMILY FARMING: FEEDING THE WORLD, CARING FOR THE EARTH.”

Dr. Abdi Jama the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Sudan said “the theme dovetails with the FAO’s main goal that calls for achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.”

“Our three main goals are the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations,” Dr. Jama added.

The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). FAO, in collaboration with Governments, International Development Agencies, farmers’ organizations and other relevant organizations of the United Nations system, as well as relevant non-governmental organizations, is facilitating its implementation to support the development of agricultural, environmental and social policies conducive to sustainable family farming; increase knowledge, communication and public awareness; attain better understanding of family farming needs, potential and constraints and ensure technical support; and create synergies for sustainability.

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Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in Sudan, Mr. Geert Cappelaere, on protection of medical units in South Kordofan

Khartoum, 18 June 2014 — The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan a.i., Mr. Geert Cappelaere, is deeply concerned by reports that a civilian hospital run by the international relief agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Farrandalla, South Kordofan, was recently bombed by military aircraft.

“I am very concerned that international obligations to ensure that medical units are protected during times of conflict are not being upheld,” said Mr. Cappelaere.

“Inside, are ordinary people who are seeking medical attention in a civilian hospital and humanitarian relief workers. They should not have to pay for this conflict with their lives. I would like to remind all parties to this conflict that clearly marked medical units are not to be attacked. The bombing of a medical facility simply should not happen,” he said.

More than 1,000 Ministers, Experts, CEOs and NGOs to Explore New Pathways for Climate Action

SG-ABUAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4 May 2014 — More than 1,000 participants, including 100 government ministers, have gathered in Abu Dhabi to chart new routes for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate resilience.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is co-hosting the two-day Abu Dhabi Ascent with the United Arab Emirates to prepare for and build commitment ahead of his Climate Summit on 23 September in New York. Continue reading

Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan, 24 April 2014

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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu (Nigeria):

On 23 April, the members of the Security Council were briefed by UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonoviæ on the situation in South Sudan. Continue reading

مساهمة سويسرية ستؤدي الى تعزيز تغذية الأمهات والأطفال في السودان

الخرطوم، 7 أبريل 2014 — رحب برنامج الأغذية العالمي اليوم بمساهمتين من حكومة سويسرا ستؤديان الى تحسين الوضع التغذوي السيء للأطفال والنساء الحوامل والمرضعات في السودان.

قدمت سويسرا لبرنامج الأغذية العالمي بالسودان ما يبلغ اجماليه 4.7 ملايين فرنك سويسري (5.2 ملايين دولار) في مساهمتين منفصلتين تشملان تبرع عيني من 600 طن متري من الحليب الجاف منزوع الدسم تقدر قيمته بـ  3.7 ملايين فرنك سويسري (4.1 ملايين دولار)  وتبرع نقدي يبلغ 1 مليون فرنك سويسري (1.1 مليون دولار امريكي). Continue reading

South Darfur: Pillay urges halt to attacks targeting civilians

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GENEVA (11 March 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern on Tuesday that civilians in South Darfur, Sudan, have been bearing the brunt of recent attacks.

“There has been a disproportionate use of force by armed groups in areas in South Darfur that are not military targets. There must be an immediate halt to attacks on unarmed civilians,” she said.

According to witnesses, these groups have attacked some 45 villages in the Um Gunya area, approximately 50 km south of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, since the end of February. While it is difficult to ascertain the number of people killed, an estimated 50,000 civilians have been displaced amid looting and arson.

“I urge the authorities to protect civilians and hold to account those who have committed grave breaches of human rights and humanitarian laws,” said Pillay.

The High Commissioner voiced concern that peacekeepers from the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), as well as human rights and humanitarian agencies had been prevented from reaching areas affected by the attacks.

“The Sudanese government must allow UNAMID to fulfil its mandate to protect civilians, and grant access to populations in need,” she said.

The High Commissioner noted that the attacks were adding to the number of internally displaced people (IDPs), with many of those fleeing ending up in camps in South Darfur such as Kalma and Al Salam, near Nyala, where the number of IDPs was close to 200,000 before the recent attacks.

“Their arrival is having an overwhelming impact on the already limited water, food and health care available in the camps. The increase in displacement is a worrying trend at a time when civilians were being encouraged to return to their villages of origin,” Pillay said.

The High Commissioner called on all parties to the conflict to participate in UNAMID’s mediation initiative.  She also urged all armed groups to avoid using civilian populations in many regions of Darfur as a shield for military operations.

“A military approach will not bring about the peace that the people of Darfur deserve after so many years of armed conflict,” Pillay said.

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Darfur

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The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence and its effect on civilians in Darfur. Since late February, fighting between rebel groups and local militia in South Darfur has left thousands of people homeless, with reports of looting and villages burnt. In North Darfur, over the past few days, thousands of people have fled inter-communal fighting and sought protection at the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) camp in Saraf Umra. UNAMID is doing everything it can to support the settlement of these conflicts, protect civilians and support humanitarian partners in providing assistance to those in need.

The Secretary-General urges all parties to immediately cease hostilities and negotiate a peaceful settlement to these conflicts. He calls on the Government of Sudan and warring parties to cooperate with UNAMID and humanitarian partners in providing access to conflict areas and ensure the protection of civilians, as well as the provision of assistance to those in need.

New York, 10 March 2014

تصريح إعلامي من منسق الأمم المتحدة للشؤون التنموية والإنسانية في السودان بالإنابة السيد عدنان خان عن تجدد كبير للنزوح في ولاية جنوب دارفور

الخرطوم، 5 مارس عام 2014 — أعرب المنسق المقيم للشؤون التنموية والإنسانية في السودان بالإنابة السيد عدنان خان عن قلقه العميق إزاء التقارير الواردة عن وجود آلاف من الأشخاص الذين أجبروا على الفرار من منازلهم بسبب القتال المتجدد بين الحركات المسلحة والقوات المسلحة السودانية والجماعات شبه العسكرية المتحالفة معها في منطقة أم قونيه بولاية جنوب دارفور.
وقال السيد خان، “لقد تسبب القتال الأخير في منطقة أم قونيه في فرار أكثر من 15,000 شخص وربما  من منازلهم”. وأضاف السيد خان قائلاً، “إن غالبية الفارين من القتال قد لاذوا بمعسكري السلام وكلما خارج مدينة نيالا. وكان العديد من النازحين الجدد قد لجأوا إلى هذين المعسكرين أيضا في العام الماضي مما أدى إلى الزيادة في الإقبال على الخدمات المتاحة مثل المياه والرعاية الطبية بما يفوق توافرها. وتعكف المؤسسات الإنسانية على العمل على إيصال إمدادات إضافية من المياه والغذاء للوافدين الجدد في معسكري السلام وكلما”.
وقال، “لقد شهد العام الماضي نزوحاً في دارفور أكثر مما حدث في أي سنة أخرى منذ ذروة النزاع في دارفور في عام 2004. وللأسف فإن ما نراه الآن هو تزايد وتيرة النزاع وآثار العنف على حياة الناس العاديين في دارفور. فبعد أحد عشر عاماً من القتال في دارفور لم يعد الأمر مسألة نزوح جديد فحسب أو نزوح متكرر له تأثيره الكبير على أولئك الذين أخرجوا من ديارهم، لكنه أصبح الآن أيضا يفرض ضغوطاً هائلةَ على الجهود القائمة لعودة النازحين ومشاريع الإنتعاش في مختلف أنحاء المنطقة.”