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Humanitarian Coordinator's Remarks on the Launch of the South Sudan HRP 2020

Remarks by:
Deputy Special Representative to the UN Secretary General
UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator
Alain Noudéhou
Launch of the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan 2020

Hon Hussein Mar, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management,
Hon Manasse Lomole Waya, Chairperson, Relief and Rehabilitation the RRC,
Excellency Ambassadors and Members of the diplomatic corps,
Yien Thiang Luony, Head of the Humanitarian Coordination Unit,
Representatives of the donor community,
Representatives from NGOs,
Colleagues from the United Nations,
Distinguished guests,

The coming year offers great hope that South Sudan will begin the road to recovery from years of crisis. With that in mind, it is with great pleasure that I join all of you today to launch the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020. This is the comprehensive document through which we have worked collectively to assess needs and plan our response. In total, for the 2020 HRP, we are requesting $1.5 billion to provide critical humanitarian assistance to 5.6 million people in need in South Sudan.

Since September 2018, when the revitalized peace agreement was signed, the country has experienced more stability and we have been able to access more place and more people. I would like to recognize the impressive achievements of the humanitarian community in 2019 with about 5 million people reached with urgent assistance or protection. Despite this period of the relative stability, the humanitarian case load remains high and the social indicators continue to be weak. 7.5 million people will need humanitarian assistance or protection in 2020. 3.7 million people remain displaced – among them almost 1.5 million are internally displaced, and the other 2.2 million are refugees in neighboring countries.
Women and children continue to be the most affected and are often the most vulnerable. 

• Out of every 100,000 live births, 800 die during childbirth. That’s 800 too many.

• One in ten children will not make it to their 5th birthday. One in ten! That should not be.

• And in South Sudan, the prevalence of acute malnutrition among children has increased from 13% in 2018 to 16% in 2019, which is above the emergency threshold of 15%. 

These challenges illustrate the multi-faceted nature of the causes of this protracted humanitarian crisis. To add to this already challenging context, this year South Sudan has experienced unprecedented floods which have affected more than 900 thousand people and resulted in the loss of more than 73 thousand metric tons of food production. How do we plan to respond? The objectives of the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan are to address these concerns by: reducing food insecurity and malnutrition; providing access to basic services like health, water and sanitation; protection for women and children; and promoting recovery and resilience. 

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Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
12 Dec 2019
Document type: 
Press Statement