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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: South Sudan - CERF

07 Dec 2021

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 7 December 2021

South Sudan

The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth, has strongly condemned the violence in Leer, Unity State, which led to the injury and death of numerous civilians, the destruction of civilian assets and the looting of humanitarian commodities. 

In a statement released today, Mr. Hollingworth called on authorities to make every effort to protect communities, humanitarian personnel and assets across the country. 

Reports indicate that on 1 December, armed youth and men from Mayendit and Leer clashed in Leer, and that fighting continued over several days. According to initial reports, a humanitarian aid worker, from a non-governmental organization working to support the community with nutrition services, was killed during the violence.

In addition, health and nutrition facilities in Gandor, Guat, Luol and Padeah were reportedly looted, affecting people’s access to much-needed nutrition and health services.

There has been an increase in the number of incidents of violence by young men across South Sudan since March of this year.

The Humanitarian Coordinator noted that people struggle every day to survive in South Sudan and that violence has no place in a country determined to move forward on a path towards peace. “Attacks against civilians, looting of aid intended to support the most vulnerable is unacceptable. This behaviour must stop,” he said. 

His full statement is available online.

Central Emergency Response Fund

Tomorrow, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will convene a High-level Pledging Event for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The event – which marks CERF’s 15th anniversary – will galvanize greater financial commitments to ensure that CERF remains fit to respond to the increasing levels and complexities of global humanitarian needs. 

Established in 2006, CERF has allocated more than US$7.5 billion to provide assistance for millions of people in more than 110 countries and territories. 

Since the Fund was established, global funding needs through humanitarian appeals have increased more than sevenfold – from $5.2 billion in 2006 to assist 32 million people to $41 billion in 2022 to help 183 million people in need.

The hybrid event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. New York time, with a limited number of participants joining in person in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. The event will also be webcast on UN Web TV and livestreamed on Twitter and YouTube.

More information is available online.