SOUTH SUDAN / PEACE FELLOWS PROGRAMME

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UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) launched a Peace Fellows Program that aims to enhance the interaction between citizens and the government, and galvanize both grassroots support and national-level engagement towards sustainable peace in South Sudan. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PEACE FELLOWS PROGRAMME
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 16 JULY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, Rwandese Cultural dancers entering stage
2. Med shot, Rwandese dancers
3. Close up, Rwandese dancer’s foot
4. Med shot, Audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“The 10th anniversary is, of course, an important milestone, but it allows us also to reflect on the values, ideals and hopes with which we all stood in the stadium at the moment in which this country was born. And it allows us also to recognize that peace is a critical element of the journey towards prosperity, democracy and development.”
6. Med shot, Nigerian Ambassador seated
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“The UNMISS Peace Fellows Program seeks to enhance the interaction between citizens and the government and between communities, galvanizing both grassroots support and national-level engagement towards sustainable peace in South Sudan.”
8. Med, Ambassador Aida Wande seated
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Aida Wande, Office of the Vice President, Gender and Youth Cluster:
“We all need peace. No one wants war or conflict. When people cannot develop themselves without peace, South Sudan will not develop. Without peace, our youth will not get opportunities for work, without peace, our children will not be educated, without peace, we will not build our nation.”
10. Med shot, Peace Fellow participants being called to the stage
11. Med shot, Peace Fellows participants
12. Wide shot, Peace Fellow participants on stage
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Nation-building and state building become impossible in a context of war. And what we know for sure, is that there cannot be partial peace, peace for some and war in other parts of the country. And the converse is also true—that peace allows for development, prosperity and the building of a democracy. Indeed, with peace comes the opportunity for a national conversation on the shape and future of this country.”
14. Med shot, UNMISS SRSG beating the drum of peace
15. Med shot, Ambassador Wande beating the drum of peace
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“This project recognizes that it is important to bring together citizens from all the states and three administrative areas to participate in the peace process. Peace doesn’t just happen. It cannot be wished or willed into existence. It has to be made, it has to be fought for, it needs its own warriors.”
17. Med shot, Peace drums being beaten while participants dance in the background

STORYLINE:

In July 2021, the world’s newest country, South Sudan celebrates a decade of independence. This hard-fought freedom and hope for its people was fleeting, as the fledgling nation plunged into an abyss of death, displacement and widespread suffering caused by civil war.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“The 10th anniversary is, of course, an important milestone, but it allows us also to reflect on the values, ideals and hopes with which we all stood in the stadium at the moment in which this country was born. And it allows us also to recognize that peace is a critical element of the journey towards prosperity, democracy and development.”
With the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in 2018 and the formation of a transitional government of national unity, hope has found a new home in this young nation. It is to give this optimism fresh momentum that UNMISS launched its Peace Fellows Program, a joint undertaking with South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“The UNMISS Peace Fellows Program seeks to enhance the interaction between citizens and the government and between communities, galvanizing both grassroots support and national-level engagement towards sustainable peace in South Sudan.”
Facilitated by the UN Peacekeeping mission’s Political Affairs Division, this new initiative also has support from regional partners such as the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in bringing together young influencers from all 10 states as peace ambassadors. The objective: To ensure all South Sudanese own and persist with efforts for durable peace.
SOUNDBITE [English) Ambassador Aida Wande, Office of the Vice President, Gender and Youth Cluster:
“We all need peace. No one wants war or conflict. When people cannot develop themselves without peace, South Sudan will not develop. Without peace, our youth will not get opportunities for work, without peace, our children will not be educated, without peace, we will not build our nation.”
For South Sudan to have a unified national identity and break the shackles of conflict, every individual must be included and invest in building a true democracy.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Nation-building and state building become impossible in a context of war. And what we know for sure, is that there cannot be partial peace, peace for some and war in other parts of the country. And the converse is also true—that peace allows for development, prosperity and the building of a democracy. Indeed, with peace comes the opportunity for a national conversation on the shape and future of this country.”
As the beats of peace drums resounded through the auditorium, there was an air of jubilation and hope surrounding the young peace ambassadors up on the stage as they begin their meaningful journey to galvanize full implementation of and inclusive participation in the ongoing peace process.
SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“This project recognizes that it is important to bring together citizens from all the states and three administrative areas to participate in the peace process. Peace doesn’t just happen. It cannot be wished or willed into existence. It has to be made, it has to be fought for, it needs its own warriors.”
The year-long engagement of the UNMISS Peace Fellows Program will start with advocacy and education on the importance of every South Sudanese, investing in the country’s slow but sure path to a sustainable peace.
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