The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has expanded its three-year strategic vision to prioritize durable peace and fair election ahead of the 2023 election.
In his remarks on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, Mr. Nicholas Haysom, announced the new development within the mission.
“We have expanded a three-year strategic vision to prioritize durable peace at the local and national levels; and support inclusive and accountable governance leading to free, fair, and peaceful elections,” Haysom said.
Haysom said the new expansion of the strategic vision would put more on peace and security.
“We are stepping up support to implement the peace agreement; enhancing and contributing to a safe and secure environment; intensifying grassroots civil engagements; the supporting rule of law institutions and processes; and reenergizing national and local partnerships. Haysom explains.
According to the UN special representative of the secretary-general in South Sudan, the mission will work in partnership with the government to address the perennial conflict between cattle keepers and communities in Greater Equatoria and Jonglei.
Nicolas said implementing the revitalized peace agreement could only work to protect civilians.
He says the ultimate, safe, and secure future of South Sudan will come through inclusive political solutions citing that there can never be a substitute for the political will of the parties to end conflicts in South Sudan.
“Peace is won when governments and societies join forces to resolve differences through dialogue, build a culture of nonviolence, and protect the most vulnerable.”
The mission pledged its commitment to continue working with the South Sudan National and Local Government Authorities, Opposition groups, Civil Society, Humanitarians, media, and the communities to foster peace, protect civilians, promote human rights, and the rule of law.