UN Special Envoy to South Sudan ends 3 year term

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Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UN Photo/Martine Perret

The Special Representative for Secretary-General (SRSG) in South Sudan is ending her term in office after three years of service.

Hilde Johnson made the announcement on Friday after meeting with the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.

Ms Johnson, who is also the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), began her term in 2011.

"I informed that by independence day in July, I will have completed my three years as Special Representative which is much more than usual for an SRSG for a peacekeeping mission of this nature and in particular also with the crisis that we have gone through. So I informed the President that I have come to the end of my term and I will be departing South Sudan. It has been a real honour to serve and I will still be here for a few weeks but South Sudan really has a strong place in my heart, I will continue to have that."  (33″)

UNMISS has been given a new mandate by the UN Security Council to use "all necessary means" to protect civilians, and to monitor and investigate human rights abuses.

It is a significant departure from the previous mandate which focused on State-building tasks.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration:  1’15″

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