Norway provides an additional NOK 50 million in emergency relief to South Sudan

Over 4.4 million people in South Sudan are in need of emergency assistance. The conflict that broke out in December has made a difficult situation even worse. We are therefore doubling Norway’s funding for humanitarian assistance, from NOK 50 million to NOK 100 million,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is in the South Sudanese capital Juba today.

 

After armed conflict broke out between factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar in mid-December, over 575 000 people have been forced to leave their homes and over 112 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries.

“The agreement on cessation of hostilities that was signed last week must be respected, so that emergency assistance can reach those in need. In order to alleviate the suffering as much as possible and prevent the situation from deteriorating further, it is essential that food and medical supplies reach remote areas quickly, before the rainy season sets in and accessing these areas becomes even more difficult. This is demanding work due to the security challenges in the areas concerned and the lack of road access to key locations,” said Mr Brende.

The additional funding will be allocated to Norwegian aid organisations, the Red Cross and UN humanitarian organisations that have the networks and capacity needed to reach the hard-hit South Sudanese population. Norway has so far provided an additional NOK 8 million in assistance through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Having received only half of the funds that are needed to meet the acute humanitarian needs in the country, the UN will probably call for more support from the international community in the time ahead. Norway is following developments closely and will consider making further humanitarian contributions.

Today, Mr Brende met South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to discuss the political and humanitarian situation in the country and Norway’s continued involvement. Norway also strongly supports South Sudan through its cooperation with the US and the UK in the Sudan Troika. Mr Brende met representatives of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the other Troika members, the EU and China. He also met UN Special Representative for South Sudan Hilde Frafjord Johnson, the leaders of UN organisations, representatives of Norwegian aid organisations, and Norwegian military officers and civilian police officers engaged in the UN peace mission UNMISS and UN Police (UNPOL).

Mr Brende met South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to discuss the political and humanitarian situation in the country and Norway’s continued involvement. (Photo: Astrid Sehl, MFA)
 

Related news

Latest news

UiB and CMR in high-tech collaboration

Students from UiB last month joined an experiment with an ultra-high-speed camera. This was a part of the troubleshooting of the Field Kelvin Probe currently under development.

Hatteland Display at International Workboat Show 2016

Hatteland Display are highlighting its diverse portfolio of maritime displays and panel computers on its booth (#1658) at the International Workboat Show 2016 (IWBS 2016) this week.

Servogear Announces Upcoming Events

Servogear announces a busy end of November, beginning of December. They will be participating at important international exhibitions.

Teamtec and ANDRITZ Cooperation

ANDRITZ and TeamTec have signed a cooperation agreement for worldwide marketing of the SeaSOx exhaust gas cleaning system for the maritime industry. 

Export Credit Norway looking for Norway's Best Exporter

Export Credit Norway  has now opened the nomination process for the 2017 Export Award, searching the Norwegian exporter of the year. 

Global Economic Outlook

7 December, Oslo Chamber of Commerce invites to a session with insightful updates on the Norwegian and international economy.

Rebuilding for Hydrogen

M/Y “Che Guevara”, previously owned by Gaddafi, will be converted to run on hydrogen. Greenstat will lead the project and are seeking partners.

Scana training at Servogear

In week 43-45 Servogear  had the pleasure of having Mr. Sun Xiaojia and Mr. Tzuu Kin Tan from Scana staying in the Servogear hometown of Rubbestadneset.

Quality and Customer Satisfaction

Cost efficiency is important. But we can’t rely on cost-cutting alone. At Beerenberg we have asked ourselves the following question: What does it take for the market to continue to choose providers such as Beerenberg in th...