Today as you know is the commemoration of the International Day of Reflection of the Genocide in Rwanda.
The Secretary-General will speak at the commemoration taking place in the Trusteeship Council at 4 p.m.
He is expected to stress that the best way to honour the memory of those who were murdered is to ensure that such events never occur again, which is why the world must be ever alert to the warning signs of genocide, and act quickly and early to avert it.
The Secretary-General will reiterate that the United Nations is working hard to strengthen its capacities for preventive diplomacy, including through mediation and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
On South Sudan, you will have seen that the Secretary-General announced yesterday the appointment of Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda as Force Commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
And on the ground, the Mission reports that its patrol has not yet been able to reach Pajok in Eastern Equatoria province to assess reports of fighting, between SPLA troops and the opposition.
UNMISS reiterates its calls on the Government to allow access to Pajok, as obligated under the existing Status of Forces Agreement, so it can fully implement its mandate.
As a consequence of the violence in the area, the UN refugee agency says that more refugees are fleeing for safety, who report witnessing their loved ones shot dead at close range, with many arrested or slaughtered, including children.
Many people are still hiding in the bush trying to find their way to Uganda.
Though Uganda’s approach in dealing with refugees is among the most progressive, chronic under funding continues to affect the UNHCR and Uganda’s activities.
The current appeal for $781.8 million is only 11 per cent funded.
Speaking of funding, our colleagues at the World Food Programme inform us that thanks to new donor contributions, they have been able to resume providing full food rations to refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps starting on 1 April.
This comes after more than a year of ration cuts.
However, WFP stresses that the funding currently available for cash transfers — which make up 30 per cent of the refugees’ food assistance — will last only until May. That is next month.
More details online.