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Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan in Oslo

Last updated: 05.05.2014 // Norway is to host a pledging conference for South Sudan in Oslo on Tuesday 20 May. "We cannot simply stand by and watch this happen. In response to a request from the UN, Norway will hold a conference in Oslo to mobilise resources for alleviating this serious crisis,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The conference is being organized in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The gravity of the situation in South Sudan, and the impact on neighboring countries, calls for immediate action. There is an acute need for USD 800 million in humanitarian assistance for civilians in South Sudan. So far, only 39 % of the USD 1, 3 billion UN pledge has been forthcoming. The international community must respond far more actively to this crisis.

Money is needed, and it is needed now. This conference will be important for raising awareness of the situation, mobilising more resources to alleviate the crisis, and emphasising our shared responsibility to respond. So far, Norway has allocated NOK 100 million to South Sudan for humanitarian purposes. We will also restructure Norwegian aid in order to be better able to meet the humanitarian needs in South Sudan,” says Mr Brende.  The conference aims to increase humanitarian funding and to agree on what more can be done to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

According to UN estimates, 4.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 1.2 million people have been forced to flee their homes. There are reports of killings and gross violations of human rights. Since the conflict broke out in December last year, food production has declined dramatically, and around one million people could face famine if the international aid effort is not stepped up.

The conference will be co-chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

Only accredited members of the press will be able to attend this conference. Accreditation in advance is required. For more information and registration, see: http://www.southsudanhumanitarianconference.org/media.cfm


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