South Sudan

UN chief reaffirms commitment to South Sudan following signing of peace deal

An agreement signed on Sunday by the main rivals in South Sudan’s ongoing conflict has been hailed by the United Nations Secretary-General as “an important step” towards ending the crisis there. The country has been mired in nearly five years of deadly violence stemming from the political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. Dianne Penn spoke to David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), who is based in the capital, Juba.

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South Sudan peace deal a ‘big step forward’: UN mission chief

There was jubilation in the streets of South Sudan’s capital overnight on Sunday, as residents celebrated a new agreement that the top UN official in the country has described as “a big step forward” towards ending nearly five years of brutal conflict.

Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, with those Members in favour saying it would protect civilians, while abstainers voiced concerns that it would undermine the ongoing peace process in the world’s youngest country.     

News in Brief 12 July 2018

  • UN chief announces new expert group for positive digital technology change
  • Global migration compact to ‘harness the benefits’ of regular migration
  • UN envoy recounts ‘horrific’ testimonies from South Sudanese
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Hearing ‘horrific’ testimonies from rape survivors in South Sudan, UN envoy says they yearn only for peace

Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan, widespread and systematic sexual violence has been a pervasive tactic of war and terror, said a high-level United Nations envoy, after visiting the war-torn country and hearing “horrific” testimonies.

News In Brief 10 July 2018

  • Accountability call for targeted South Sudan violence against civilians
  • Thai cave boys spared thundershower forecasts ahead of rescue: WMO
  • Indigenous peoples are among world’s poorest, says UN deputy rights chief
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'We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan': UN deputy chief

In a visit to South Sudan on Tuesday, the UN Deputy Secretary-General spoke mother-to-mother with displaced women, pledging that she and other senior women leaders from the international community will not give up on the hope for peace for their nation.

South Sudan ‘revitalized’ peace deal must be inclusive, Security Council hears

Although recent engagement between the main political rivals in South Sudan is a welcome development, ending the country’s long-standing conflict will only be achieved by addressing its root causes and ensuring women, youth and other sectors contribute to peace efforts.

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed an agreement signed on Wednesday by the President of South Sudan and his former Vice President, which it is hoped will lead to an “inclusive and implementable” peace deal to end years of civil conflict in the world’s youngest nation.

Guterres condemns killing of Bangladeshi peacekeeper in South Sudan, during armed attack on UN convoy

The UN chief on Tuesday condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from Bangladesh, who was supporting the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians in South Sudan.