High Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan and its Impact in the Region, 16 June 2015, Geneva
After 18 months of hostilities in South Sudan, the political situation remains fragile and the humanitarian outlook is grim. 4.6 million people are severely food insecure and the lives of more than a quarter of a million children are at risk from rapidly worsening nutrition. Aid agencies have revised the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 taking into account the changing context that is deepening existing vulnerabilities and have adjusted the funding requirements from US$1.81 to $1.63 billion.
While needs are increasing, the humanitarian community rigorously prioritized taking into account capacities and constraints. The revised plan encompasses innovative modalities of aid delivery, as well as further rationalization of service providers in the main displacement sites.
The crisis also has a regional impact. Approximately 565,000 South Sudanese have fled the country since December 2013 and more are expected to flee in 2015. An additional $810 million is needed in 2015 for the South Sudan Refugee Response Plan.
A high-level event to highlight the crisis in South Sudan and its impact on the region will take place in Geneva on 16 June 2015, hosted jointly by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and UN OCHA. The conference will address critical funding shortfalls and underscore the importance of finding an urgent political solution to the conflict.
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High Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan and its Impact in the Region, 9 January 2015, Nairobi
Hostilities in South Sudan are now into their second year. The political situation remains fragile and the humanitarian outlook is grim. 6.4 million people are food insecure and nearly 2.5 million people face acute hunger right now, with thousands of children suffering from malnutrition. Aid agencies have appealed for US$1.81 billion to respond to the humanitarian crisis in 2015.
$600 million is needed by February for the dry season which lasts until May to enable aid agencies to take advantage of access by road and river to reach more people in need and pre-position supplies to enable them to deliver lifesaving and livelihood assistance later in the year when the roads become impassable again.
The crisis also has a regional impact. Approximately 490,000 South Sudanese have fled the country since December 2013 and more are expected to flee in 2015. An additional $810 million is needed in 2015 for the South Sudan Refugee Response Plan.
This high-level meeting in Nairobi, hosted jointly by the UN and IGAD (the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa), provided an opportunity to mobilize funding and agree on actions needed to ensure continued humanitarian access and protection of civilians. Expectations were exceeded when donors very generously pledged $618 million at the conference - $529 million of it new money - to support the humanitarian response in South Sudan.