SOUTH SUDAN / CENTRAL EQUATORIA STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN

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The UN Mission in South Sudan recently supported a two-day workshop aimed at providing a platform for civil society representatives and state government officials from the newly formed government in Central Equatoria to come together and discuss a strategic action plan on implementing the provisions of the Revitalized Peace Agreement. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / CENTRAL EQUATORIA STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 22 APRIL 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Pan left, government officials in the hall
2.Various shots, delegates listening
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Edmond Yakani, Executive Director, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO)
“The idea is that UNMISS Civil Affairs is trying to give a strategic direction to the newly established government of Central Equatoria state and the Revitalized Peace Agreement to end conflict in South Sudan. As you’re aware, this Agreement was signed and is too ambitious. At the same time, we need to see how Central Equatoria state can customize this Agreement to a [workable] level with a [defined] strategic direction. As you’re aware, the Agreement does not just respond to individual citizens but there are other needs [that have to be addressed] as well. So, the idea is to bring together government officials from Central Equatoria to discuss a strategic plan. [This plan will] become the framework that informs their priorities and actions.”
4.Wide shot, delegates listening to the presentation
5.Close up, government officials sitting
6.Med shot, deputy governor sitting
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Nene, Deputy Governor, Central Equatoria State:
“If we are at the beginning, at the start of our government and we need to go far, we need to be committed as I saw in the past two days of this workshop. So we need to commit ourselves and double our efforts in our offices, so that our people see our work. And tomorrow, after this far end, we need to leave our legacy.”
8. Wide shot, UNMISS staff presenting
9.Med shot, UNMISS official talking to the delegates
10.Close up, UNMISS staff talking
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of Office, UNMISS Central Equatoria:
“This workshop is a platform to support the government, to come together to think about what their wishes are, and what is their strategic direction. It’s most important to note that UNMISS is in a supporting role. It is facilitated by SEPPO, a civil society organization, so it is also building partnerships between civil society and the local government on delivering services to the people and how to build a government. As UNMISS there are two ways we are looking at this platform – our support to the peace agreement and also building collaboration between the local government and civil society on delivering services to citizens of this state.”
12.Wide shot, Edmond Yakani presenting
13.Med shot Yakani writing on board
14.Wide shot, Yakani presenting
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Edmond Yakani, Executive Director, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO):
“If things go smoothly and if the parties to the Agreement can commit themselves to the spirit of the Agreement, then we will start realizing dignified and voluntary returns of IDPs [internally displaced people] and refugees. But also, [we will] start seeing the state government providing social services for the citizens. So, I think for me, you will easily see action happening in Central Equatoria state in terms of service delivery and development.”
16.Various shots, delegates exchanging
17.SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Nene, Deputy Governor, Central Equatoria State:
“Non-signatories are our brothers. We cannot leave them out. So, we need them to come in so that we can build and develop our country, develop our state together with them.”
18.Various shots, delegates listening

STORYLINE:

The UN Mission in South Sudan recently supported a two-day workshop aimed at providing a platform for civil society representatives and state government officials from the newly formed government in Central Equatoria to come together and discuss a strategic action plan on implementing the provisions of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The event took place in the country’s capital Juba and it was organized by Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) a non-profit, civil society undertaking in the world’s newest country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Edmond Yakani, Executive Director, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO):
“The idea is that UNMISS Civil Affairs is trying to give a strategic direction to the newly established government of Central Equatoria state and the Revitalized Peace Agreement to end conflict in South Sudan. As you’re aware, this Agreement was signed and is too ambitious. At the same time, we need to see how Central Equatoria state can customize this Agreement to a [workable] level with a [defined] strategic direction. As you’re aware, the Agreement does not just respond to individual citizens but there are other needs [that have to be addressed] as well. So, the idea is to bring together government officials from Central Equatoria to discuss a strategic plan. [This plan will] become the framework that informs their priorities and actions.”

Frank discussions took place during the event, with emphasis on the need to move forward and implement the provisions of the peace agreement.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Nene, Deputy Governor, Central Equatoria State:
“If we are at the beginning, at the start of our government and we need to go far, we need to be committed as I saw in the past two days of this workshop. So we need to commit ourselves and double our efforts in our offices, so that our people see our work. And tomorrow, after this far end, we need to leave our legacy.”

The event had a two-pronged focus: Firstly, to convene and connect civil society with the state government and, secondly, to encourage the government in providing essential services to the citizens of the state.

SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of Office, UNMISS Central Equatoria:
“This workshop is a platform to support the government, to come together to think about what their wishes are, and what is their strategic direction. It’s most important to note that UNMISS is in a supporting role. It is facilitated by SEPPO, a civil society organization, so it is also building partnerships between civil society and the local government on delivering services to the people and how to build a government. As UNMISS there are two ways we are looking at this platform – our support to the peace agreement and also building collaboration between the local government and civil society on delivering services to citizens of this state.”

The outcomes from the event were positive and could signal a new era of peace and development.

SOUNDBITE (English) Edmond Yakani, Executive Director, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO):
“If things go smoothly and if the parties to the Agreement can commit themselves to the spirit of the Agreement, then we will start realizing dignified and voluntary returns of IDPs [internally displaced people] and refugees. But also, [we will] start seeing the state government providing social services for the citizens. So, I think for me, you will easily see action happening in Central Equatoria state in terms of service delivery and development.”

For their part, state government representatives called on non-signatories to the Agreement to join in the cause of building durable peace across South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Nene, Deputy Governor, Central Equatoria State:
“Non-signatories are our brothers. We cannot leave them out. So, we need them to come in so that we can build and develop our country, develop our state together with them.”

While much more remains to be done, the participants concluded their discussions on a note of hope.
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