SOUTH SUDAN / HAYSOM CONSTITUTION AND ELECTION SUPPORT

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03-Jun-2021 00:02:30
In his first press conference since arriving as the UN’s top envoy in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom reiterated the peacekeeping mission’s support for peacebuilding, constitution-making and elections in the world’s newest nation. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HAYSOM CONSTITUTION AND ELECTION SUPPORT
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 03 JUNE 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE

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FILE – UNMISS – 23 JULY 2015, BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, peacekeepers walking displaced people
2. Med shot, peacekeeper treating a displaced person

FILE – UNMISS – 23 FEBRUARY 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

3. Close up, peacekeeper greeting a displaced person.

03 JUNE 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. Close up, SRSG writing
5. Close up, journalists listening
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Without peace, meaningful infrastructure development cannot take place. Without peace, displaced families cannot return home. Without real and lasting peace, progress in almost every aspect of South Sudan’s social, economic, and political life is impossible. Real peace will give South Sudan’s citizens the ability to determine their own future.”
7. Close up, SRSG chatting
8. Med shot, listening
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“We are firmly committed to supporting the peace process, but, I must emphasize, it is not something that we can do alone. Our work must be in support of South Sudanese stakeholders and in partnership with the international community. The peace process must be led and owned by the people of South Sudan to ensure that the peace that is achieved is sustainable.”
10. Wide shot, the presser hall
11. Med shot, journalists writing
12. Close up, journalist taking picture
13. Close up, SRSG writing
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“We are rebalancing our military peacekeepers to take a nimble, robust, and proactive approach to the protection of civilians. We are deploying troops to conflict hotspots, setting up temporary bases, and intensifying patrols to deter conflict. We are also doing everything we can to protect humanitarian workers and supplies, and to secure access to humanitarian services, including rebuilding 3,500 kilometers of roads.”
15. Close up, a journalist listening
16. Med shot, journalists listening
17. Med shot, a journalist taking picture


STORYLINE:

In his first press conference since arriving as the UN’s top envoy in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom reiterated the peacekeeping mission’s support for peacebuilding, constitution-making and elections in the world’s newest nation.

The SRSG today (03 Jun) briefed media on his recent tour of all 10 states which he had prioritized on arrival to better understand the needs of communities and how unmiss can support them. He said the concerns were consistent in all locations - they need help to prevent subnational conflict, improve infrastructure and build peace at the grassroots level.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Without peace, meaningful infrastructure development cannot take place. Without peace, displaced families cannot return home. Without real and lasting peace, progress in almost every aspect of South Sudan’s social, economic, and political life is impossible. Real peace will give South Sudan’s citizens the ability to determine their own future.”

The SRSG highlighted the importance of the constitution-making process which will ultimately pave the way for elections. Unmiss is providing logistical support and technical assistance for this process in line with its new mandate from the security council.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“We are firmly committed to supporting the peace process, but, I must emphasize, it is not something that we can do alone. Our work must be in support of South Sudanese stakeholders and in partnership with the international community. The peace process must be led and owned by the people of South Sudan to ensure that the peace that is achieved is sustainable.”

To achieve peace, the country urgently needs to tackle the problem of increasing subnational violence in particular parts of the country, mostly involving community militias. The SRSG said, while it is the primary responsibility of the government and its security forces to protect civilians, the un is doing everything it can to create a secure environment.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“We are rebalancing our military peacekeepers to take a nimble, robust, and proactive approach to the protection of civilians. We are deploying troops to conflict hotspots, setting up temporary bases, and intensifying patrols to deter conflict. We are also doing everything we can to protect humanitarian workers and supplies, and to secure access to humanitarian services, including rebuilding 3,500 kilometers of roads.”

As South Sudan approaches the 10th anniversary of its independence, the SRSG called on political and community leaders to breathe fresh life into the peace process so that citizens can enjoy true democracy and a brighter future.
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