On May 19th-20th, 2014, the government of Norway together with the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) hosted a Humanitarian Conference on South Sudan in Oslo, Norway. The purpose of the conference was to raise the alarm on South Sudan, how the crisis is on the brink of becoming a catastrophe where 4 million people are at risk of starvation.
NP's CEO, Doris Mariani, Senior Advisor Mukesh Kapila and South Sudan Country Director, Tiffany Easthom were in attendance.
Tiffany was a panelist on the Protection of Civilian panel, alongside representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Save the Children exploring issues and challenges relating to civilian protection in the current context of South Sudan.
The donor countries were able to pledge 600 million dollars towards the response. While the pledges are welcome and the NGO and UN community is making every effort to scale up, there is no humanitarian solution to apolitical problem.
We continue to call upon the conflict parties to bring a rapid end to the violence and to make every effort to reach a political solution, putting the safety, security and dignity of the people of South Sudan above all other concerns.
Photo: The Nonviolent Peaceforce delegation at the South Sudan Conference in Oslo, Mukesh Kapila (NP Special Advisor, Doris Mariani (NP CEO) and Tiffany Easthom (South Sudan Country Director)