KHARTOUM, SudanSudan’s Federal Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a national immunization campaign to maintain the country's polio-free status. The National Immunization Days (NID) will be conducted over two phases, with a target of reaching a total of 4.2 million children under five years of age. The first phase, which aims to reach every child under five with the vaccine, will take place from 16th-18th July 2018, covering ten states and approximately three million children in 79 localities with oral polio vaccine (OPV). “The Government of Sudan has committed itself to keep Sudan polio-free meeting the international community goal. This is part of ensuring
LONDON, United KingdomResponding to the imposition of an arms embargo on South Sudan by the UN Security Council, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: All states, especially South Sudan’s neighbours, must now strictly enforce the arms embargo and play their part in silencing the guns “The UN Security Council’s much-anticipated vote to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan is a step in the right direction towards minimizing harm to civilians in the war-torn nation. This decision is long overdue and critically needed to cut off the flow of weapons into the country.” “Every day civilians are butchered using lethal arms in full view of the world. All states, especially South Sudan’s neighbours, must now strict
GOMBA, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has held a meeting with the visiting British Minister for Armed Forces, Col. Mark Lancaster and his delegation, who called on him this afternoon at Kisozi farm in Gomba District. President Museveni and the British delegation discussed regional political developments particularly in Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mr. Museveni told his guests that imposing sanctions on South Sudan will not help in finding a solution to that country’s challenges adding that observation of ceasefire by the warring groups, security reform and working to have elections, among others, will help the country move towards peace. The British Minister said that his government is appreciative of the support that Uganda is ren
CAIRO, Egypt Adam Elhiraika, Director for Macroeconomic Policy Division at the Economic Commission for Africa, has pledged ECA’s continued support to member States as they seek solutions to challenges plaguing the continent, especially as they implement the sustainable development goals. In remarks at the end of the High Level Policy Dialogue on Development in Africa that ended in Cairo Thursday, Mr. Elhiraika the ECA will continue to work with member States to see how they can fund the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063, the continent’s development plan for the next 50 years and in the process ensure no-one is left behind as is demanded by the goals. He said the ECA was committed to supporting African countries so they can achieve the SDGs and ensure
NEW YORK, United States of AmericaPramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict, told reporter's that she had been “alarmed to hear about the increasing climate of intimidation” in which civil society organisations work, “including attacks against those providing services to sexual violence survivors.” The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has been wracked by violence and humanitarian crisis since late 2013, following a descent into faction fighting between forces loyal to the President and then Vice-President. As part of a joint UN–African Union visit, led by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed from 3rd to 7th July, Ms. Patten met government officials and religious leaders, among others. She toured sites protecting displaced civilians in
JUBA, South Sudan According to a recent report released by the UN, sexual violence has been committed on a widespread and systematic scale as a tactic of war and terror in South Sudan. During the visit by the Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, she underscored the need to understand the needs of survivors and vulnerable communities, as well as the nature, patterns and trends of conflict-related sexual violence. She also provided a critical opportunity to reinvigorate commitments made by the Government since 2014 to prevent and prosecute crimes of sexual violence, as well as to ensure the delivery of essential services to survivors. In a discussion held between the members of civil society organizations, cases of increased intimidation at work including attacks agains...
GENEVA, SwitzerlandThe UN human rights office, OHCHR, has issued a report, noting the “deliberate and brutally violent” targeting of civilians, particularly women and children, in April and May. According to the report, at least 120 women and girls were raped and those unable to flee were killed as part of a deliberate “scorched earth” policy that has displaced thousands of people. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on the Government to halt all attacks against civilians, launch investigations and hold the perpetrators accountable, including those who bear the responsibility of commanding fighters. “The perpetrators of these revolting acts against defenceless civilians, including those bearing command responsibility, must not be allowed
GOMBA, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has saluted President Omar al Bashir of Sudan for the tremendous initiative and role played in the peace process in neighbouring South Sudan. “The course for the stability of South Sudan seems to be moving. This time, Bashir has played a very big role,” he said. The President was meeting the US Ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Deborah Malac, who led a delegation that comprised, among others, the US-AFRICOM Force, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser. During the meeting that took place yesterday at the President's farm in Kisozi, Gomba district, the President discussed regional issues. Mr. Museveni observed that once South Sudan political leaders comprehensively agree on the peace process, over one million South Sudan refugees would return to the