Norway helps people of South Sudan with 63 million USD 

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Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan in Oslo gave an excellent result, 600 million USD was raised in pledges

On 20 May 2014 The Norwegian Government was hosting a humanitarian pledging conference for South Sudan in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Conference was held at Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Oslo.

The Conference was co-chaired by UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Ms Valerie Amos and hosted and opened by Mr Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Representatives from large number of countries together with UN and aid organisations were there.

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The main purpose of this conference in Oslo was to increase funding and also to discuss how to solve this huge humanitarian crisis.

„I am deeply concerned about the large number of civilians who have been killed or attacked by the parties to the conflict. There are reports of widespread and systematic sexual violence and there is a severe risk of hunger. Rapid action is needed to prevent the situation from deteriorating further. We are bringing together the most important humanitarian actors in Oslo so that we can agree on joint measures to provide better help to the millions of people affected by the conflict“, said before the conference Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Brende.

In the opening speech at the conference Mr Brende said that all donors need to respond to crisis more generously. Among other things, Mr Brende said: 

„This is the third time we are hosting a donor conference for South Sudan in Oslo. This reflects the long and consistent line of Norwegian engagement with the people of South Sudan, which dates back over 40 years.

The aim of this conference is twofold. Firstly, to mobilise resources to meet the urgent need for increased humanitarian assistance. Secondly, to agree on joint measures to provide better protection and assistance to the millions of people affected by the conflict.

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We will do our part. The Norwegian Government is today providing a contribution of 372 million Norwegian kroner, approximately 63 million US dollars, to the South Sudan crisis response. I urge you all to pledge generous support for the humanitarian response to the crisis in South Sudan“.

We san say that this conference gave an excellent result. Before the conference the UN has received around 600 million USD. On the conference another 600 million USD was raised in pledges. From that amount, Norway provided 63 million USD. We have to emphasize that Norway already provided 17 million USD earlier this year.

Mr Brende is proud with role of Norway in helping South Sudan.

 „By this conference, we have got the World’s attention to a full-blown catastrophe in the making. The people of South Sudan will need humanitarian support for a long time to come. We have taken a significant step towards saving more lives and averting famine. These funds will provide life-saving assistance for children and adults who are in a desperate situation. The funds will be channelled through humanitarian organisations on the ground in South Sudan that are providing food, water, healthcare, shelter, protection and emergency education for children“, said Mr Brende.

UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Ms Valerie Amos is also satisfied with the success of this donor conference.

„These generous pledges will, once paid, translate into life-saving relief to the most vulnerable people in South Sudan and to those who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. The UN and our humanitarian partners must now do our part and deliver“, said Ms Amos.

Almost 5 million people in South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance. Information that more than 1,2 million people have fled their homes is shocking and speaks for it self. Many media reported about killing civilians and human right violations in this horrible conflict. People can’t cultivate their land and that exacerbates the already difficult situation.

About one million people could face with famine if urgent action is not taken.

The current crisis will severely affect more than 1 in 2 South Sudanese by December 2014, over 7 million people are at risk and 4 million people face with alarming food insecurity. It’s estimated that 863,000 people seek refuge in neighbouring countries and that some 270,000 Sudanese refugees remain in South Sudan.

Financial funds for humanitarian aid that was raised at Oslo’s Humanitarian Pledging Conference will, there is no doubt, help a lot to people of South Sudan who suffer.

Written By:Zarko Kodzoman

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