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United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that after four years of war, some seven million people – almost two thirds of the population of South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOUTH SUDAN
TRT: 2:09
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DATELINE: 7 DECEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

7 DECEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Even though more than two million people have fled South Sudan as refugees over the past four years of conflict, seven million people inside the country – that is almost two thirds of the remaining population still needs humanitarian assistance. About 1.9 million people are internally displaced, of whom some 210 000 seeks safety in Protection of Civilians sites located in UNMISS bases.”
4. Wide shot, meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“The number of severely food-insecure people has steadily increased with each successive year of conflict. As we approach the end of 2017, 1.25 million people are in Emergency phase of food insecurity- that is almost twice as many people one step away from famine as the same time last year.”
6. Cutaway, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“There are areas of the country where humanitarians have been unable to deliver assistance and programmes for extended periods. That compounds already dire food security and nutrition situations. One example is the Opposition-held territory of Greater Baggari, near Wau, which is classified in emergency phase of food insecurity - a step away from famine - and where agencies have been able to deliver aid only sporadically due to access denials and SPLA roadblocks.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“I thus urge this Council to speak with united voice once again and to use all means necessary to demand the change of course from South Sudan’s leaders and all parties to the conflict. For our part, the United Nations will continue to engage the parties as well as to support the regional and the international community to facilitate the political solution of the crisis.”
10. Wide shot, meeting ends

STORYLINE:

United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that after four years of war, some seven million people – almost two thirds of the population of South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Briefing the Council’s members Thursday (7 Dec) in New York, Mark Lowcock, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said “even though more than two million people have fled South Sudan as refugees over the past four years of conflict, seven million people inside the country – that is almost two thirds of the remaining population still needs humanitarian assistance.”

Lowcock added that “about 1.9 million people are internally displaced, of whom some 210 000 seeks safety in Protection of Civilians sites located in UNMISS bases.”

Humanitarian Coordinator also briefed on difficulties faced by the humanitarian workers in reaching those in need.

He said “there are areas of the country where humanitarians have been unable to deliver assistance and programmes for extended periods. That compounds already dire food security and nutrition situations. One example is the Opposition-held territory of Greater Baggari, near Wau, which is classified in emergency phase of food insecurity - a step away from famine - and where agencies have been able to deliver aid only sporadically due to access denials and SPLA roadblocks.”

Since the start of the conflict 95 humanitarians have been killed – 28 just this year alone.

Also speaking at the meeting, the UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix urged the Security Council “to speak with united voice once again and to use all means necessary to demand the change of course from South Sudan’s leaders and all parties to the conflict. For our part, the United Nations will continue to engage the parties as well as to support the regional and the international community to facilitate the political solution of the crisis.”

The conflict in South Sudan started in December 2013 when the forces loyal to then vice president Riek Machar clashed with those loyal to president Salva Kiir. After a peace agreement failed in 2016, the fighting between the parties continued unabated.
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