South Sudan

S.Sudan On Brink of Food Calamity-Ban

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“UN peacekeepers are sheltering about 80,000 people in a fragile yet important advance in upholding our commitment to protect civilians. But those outside the gates also need our assistance,” he said, having seen just yesterday the hardships faced by families staying at the Tomping civilian protection site during his visit to South Sudan to push for a political settlement to the county’s months-long.


Overall in South Sudan, millions of people displaced by politically-motivated violence are hungry and hundreds of thousands are suffering from extremely high levels of malnutrition.


With fighting disrupting the planting period and the rainy season now underway, the situation is only going to get worse, the UN chief stressed.


“We will not eliminate extreme poverty or achieve sustainable development without adequate food and nutrition for all,” Mr. Ban said highlighting the importance of food security to the global agenda.

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“We cannot know peace or security if one in eight people are hungry.”


UN agencies and humanitarian partners, present at today’s meeting, have been working in South Sudan, as well as other protracted crisis situations, such as the Central African Republic (CAR) and Syria.


Since December, WFP and partners have reached more than 502,000 people in South Sudan alone, according to April figures.


Mr. Ban launched in 2012 the Zero Hunger Challenge, with the aims for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition.


Governments, working with organizations and businesses, have launched related programs in more than 30 countries as part of the challenge.


Mr. Ban is convening a climate summit on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York, pressing Governments to commit to increasing sustainable agricultural productivity, boosting resilience and remove emissions associated with agriculture.

(UN)

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