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Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan

Norway is hosting a pledging conference for South Sudan in Oslo on Tuesday 20th of May, in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The gravity of the situation in South Sudan, and the impact on neighbouring countries, calls for immediate action. 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. Since the conflict in South Sudan 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.

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 pledging conference aims to increase humanitarian funding and to agree on what more can be done to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance. 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.

For registration and more information (Only accredited members of the press will be able to attend).


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