Sec Council in Sudan IDP Camp, UNESCO Board Meeting, OCHA Pakistan Update

SC in Sudan: today the SC delegation, currently in El Fasher, met with the Wali of North Darfur, where UK Amb. Mark Lyall Grant expressed the SC concern with sexual violence, the illegal flow of weapons and yesterday’s abduction of a UNAMID staff member.  The delegation also met with residents of the Abu Shouk IDP camp and were briefed at a police community center.  The delegation will be in Khartoum tomorrow.  Ambassador Rice’s tweets from the mission can be found here.

Nobel Peace Prize: the SG’s statement on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo of China can be foundhere.

UNESCO: at UNESCO’s Board Meeting in Paris today, the U.S. introduced a resolution to rescind the controversial “Obiang” prize “in view of the strong global reaction to the establishment” and “its negative impact on the credibility, prestige and basic values of Unesco”, which very well may force a vote on the issue.

Global Mapping of Emergency Stockpiles: today OCHA and the Logistics Cluster, led by WFP, launched an interactive online tool with information on stockpiles in emergency relief warehouses, to assist affected countries and humanitarian relief agencies facilitate emergency relief.

Pakistan: OCHA is reporting that approximately 8 million people are being targeted for food assistance in October and the Sindh Province remains the hardest hit, where 1 million people are in need.  Huge numbers of people continue to depend on life-saving assistance, while access is improving.  The Floods Emergency Response Plan and Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan are 33% and 46% funded, respectively.

Week ahead: on Tuesday, the GA will hold Security Council elections where Canada, Germany and Portugal will compete for two rotating WEOG seats.