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Ten years after the independence of South Sudan, the support of the international community to the country “remains as important today as the world’s youngest nation strives for peace, security, and prosperity for its citizens,” the UN top official in South Sudan told the Security Council today. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

21 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“On 9 July, the Republic of South Sudan will mark its tenth anniversary as an independent state. Council members will recollect the jubilation ten years ago when we welcomed South Sudan to the comity of nations. The international community pledged its support to South Sudan then. This commitment remains as important today as the world’s youngest nation strives for peace, security,
and prosperity for its citizens.”
4.Cutaway, delegates
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“The overall implementation of the revitalized agreement is progressing slowly. The formation of the legislature remains incomplete. The constitution of the Council of States and the nomination of the legislative assembly speaker is pending. UNMISS continues to encourage the Government to complete these processes while ensuring adequate representation of women and youth at all levels.”
6.Cutaway, delegates
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“Nevertheless, weak or absent state governance institutions throughout South Sudan has enabled spoilers of peace to exploit perennial communal and ethnic cleavages. Entrenched insecurity has hindered the cultivation of crops and has contributed to a vicious cycle of livestock raiding. Many communities are dangerously short of food supplies in places such as Warrap, Lakes, and Jonglei, to name a few. Meanwhile, in the Equatorias, the National Salvation Front (NAS) and the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) remain engaged in intermittent armed conflict.”
8.Cutaway, delegates
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“Worryingly, a weakened rule of law and economic pressures have led to increased criminality and the targeting of humanitarian workers. This year alone four (4) humanitarians have been killed, and millions of dollars of humanitarian supplies looted or destroyed. The callous and indiscriminate killing of humanitarians is deplorable. I acknowledge first and foremost the Government’s responsibility to protect its citizens and humanitarian actors. At the same time, UNMISS recognizes its important contribution to creating a safe environment for humanitarian partners. The Mission continues to take the lead in promoting and advocating for safe conditions that allow the delivery of life-saving services.”
10.Various shots, delegates
11.Wide shot, Security Council

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Ten years after the independence of South Sudan, the support of the international community to the country “remains as important today as the world’s youngest nation strives for peace, security, and prosperity for its citizens,” the UN top official in South Sudan told the Security Council today.

The UN Security Council on Monday (21 June) held an open debate on the Secretary-General’s most recent three-month report on South Sudan and the situation in the country.

Briefing the Security Council for the first time as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Nicholas Haysom said “the overall implementation of the revitalized agreement is progressing slowly. The formation of the legislature remains incomplete. The constitution of the Council of States and the nomination of the legislative assembly speaker is pending. UNMISS continues to encourage the Government to complete these processes while ensuring adequate representation of women and youth at all levels.”

Haysom also highlighted the overall insecurity and particularly rising inter-communal violence, which in this year, is responsible for more than 80 percent of civilian casualties.

He reported that UNMISS peacekeepers are trying to mitigate the threat of inter-communal violence by preemptive deployment in conflict hotspots and maintaining presence in strategic areas even during the rainy season, enduring extreme weather conditions.

These initiatives, among others, have contributed to an overall reduction in violence and civilian casualties compared to the previous year, according to Haysom.

“Nevertheless, weak or absent state governance institutions throughout South Sudan has enabled spoilers of peace to exploit perennial communal and ethnic cleavages. “Entrenched insecurity has hindered the cultivation of crops and has contributed to a vicious cycle of livestock raiding. Many communities are dangerously short of food supplies in places such as Warrap, Lakes, and Jonglei, to name a few. Meanwhile, in the Equatorias, the National Salvation Front (NAS) and the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) remain engaged in intermittent armed conflict.”

Haysom also said “worryingly, a weakened rule of law and economic pressures have led to increased criminality and the targeting of humanitarian workers.”

Four humanitarian workers have been killed this and millions of dollars of humanitarian supplies looted or destroyed.

“The callous and indiscriminate killing of humanitarians is deplorable,” Haysom said. “I acknowledge first and foremost the Government’s responsibility to protect its citizens and humanitarian actors. At the same time, UNMISS recognizes its important contribution to creating a safe environment for humanitarian partners. The Mission continues to take the lead in promoting and advocating for safe conditions that allow the delivery of life-saving services.”

On the humanitarian side, according to the Secretary-General report, South Sudan is facing the highest levels of food insecurity and malnutrition since its independence, with some 60 percent of the population – or some 7.2 million people - are facing high levels of food insecurity between April and July, while 108,000 people facing catastrophic levels of food insecurity. At the same time, sub-national violence in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area affected tens of thousands of people and severely obstructed response operations in the area, according to OCHA.
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