UN / SHEARER SOUTH SUDAN

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“It's been a very gratifying thing to be able to be part of helping to support, prod and encourage peace in South Sudan,” said the outgoing top UN official in the country David Shearer calling on its leadership to show “responsibility towards its citizens.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Tilt up, UN Headquarters, raining

15 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Shearer and spokesperson on podium in press room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“It's been a very gratifying thing to be able to be part of helping to support, prod and encourage peace in South Sudan during that time.”
4.Wide shot, Shearer and spokesperson on podium in press room
5.SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“The peace agreement is going too slowly. And that comes at a cost. And one of those costs is in the form of sub-national violence that we've been seeing too frequently on the ground. It's much more localized than the violence we see between the political parties but nevertheless displace many people, and together with flooding has resulted in some very acute humanitarian needs of people on the ground.”
6.Wide shot, Shearer and spokesperson on podium in press room
7.SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“I think corruption is an area that deserves a greater degree of focus. There hasn't been a statement of accounts for several years coming from South Sudan, there is no… Currently there is no formalized budget that's been put in place. There's no real transparency about where money is coming into the country and how it's being spent.”
8.Wide shot, Shearer and spokesperson on podium in press room
9.SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“South Sudanese speak proudly of winning the sovereignty from Sudan and they are very proud citizens of the newest country of South Sudan, but from the leadership what we want to see that sovereignty match with responsibility, and then its responsibility towards its citizens. So that really does need to occur.”
10.Wide shot, Shearer leaving press room

STORYLINE:

“It's been a very gratifying thing to be able to be part of helping to support, prod and encourage peace in South Sudan,” said the outgoing top UN official in the country David Shearer calling on its leadership to show “responsibility towards its citizens.”

Ending his four year-long term as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearear, who was also the Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMIS) held a press conference in New York on Thursday (15 Apr).

Shearer reflected on some of the highlights of the last four years - the ceasefire, the 2018 revitalized peace agreement and the formation of a transitional government. He conceded, however, that sustainable peace is a long way ahead.

“The peace agreement is going too slowly. And that comes at a cost,” Shearer said. “And one of those costs is in the form of sub-national violence that we've been seeing too frequently on the ground. It's much more localized than the violence we see between the political parties but nevertheless displace many people, and together with flooding has resulted in some very acute humanitarian needs of people on the ground.”

He also said corruption “is an area that deserves a greater degree of focus.”

“There hasn't been a statement of accounts for several years coming from South Sudan,” he lamented. “Currently there is no formalized budget that's been put in place. There's no real transparency about where money is coming into the country and how it's being spent.”

The outgoing Special Representative also said what “really does need to occur” in South Sudan is for its leadership to show responsibility, especially towards its citizens.

“South Sudanese speak proudly of winning the sovereignty from Sudan and they are very proud citizens of the newest country of South Sudan,” Shearer said.
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