SOUTH SUDAN / LACROIX JUBA HUMANITARIAN

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UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said the UN’s commitment to South Sudan is “very, very strong,” adding that the organization will continue to do its best to help support the South Sudanese people moving forward. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / LACROIX JUBA HUMANITARIAN
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, guard of honour
2. Various shots, Lacroix being interviewed
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“We are committed to supporting the current efforts towards peace and stability in South Sudan. We will be supporting every positive step that will be taken, and we believe that our partnership towards achieving the ultimate objective of peace and stability in South Sudan requires a very strong and trustworthy partnership.”

4. Wide shot, Lacroix meeting humanitarian workers
5. Med shot, Lacroix meeting humanitarian workers
6. Close up, WFP Country Director and Lacroix
7. Close up, Lacroix speaking
8. Close up, WFP Country Director
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Hollingworth, Country Director in South Sudan, World Food Programme (WFP):
“With all of this happening, we are also seeing subnational conflict across the whole country, localized conflict across the whole country, at a time when, actually, we want to see the political gains that have happened since the unity government came into place last year. We want to see that strengthened. We want to see that supported, because only through stability and peace are we actually going to see real development and longer-term support from the humanitarians having that impact to make this country a more prosperous and peaceful nation.”
10. Various shots, Lacroix meeting with humanitarian organization
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“To the people of South Sudan, times remain still difficult, we are aware of that. But I can assure them that the commitment of our colleagues from the UN, colleagues involved in humanitarian efforts, peacekeeping, development aid, protecting women, protecting girls, protecting children, their commitment is very, very strong and they will continue. We will continue, to do our best to help support the South Sudanese people moving forward.”
12. Various shots, Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) staff meeting with Lacroix

STORYLINE:

UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said the UN’s commitment to South Sudan is “very, very strong,” adding that the organization will continue to do its best to help support the South Sudanese people moving forward.

A guard of honour by Chinese peacekeepers provided a fitting farewell to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations as he wrapped up his visit to conflict-affected South Sudan.

Three years after warring parties signed a peace deal, the process of implementing the agreement continues to stagnate with key issues still unresolved, including the graduation and deployment of unified forces along with broader security sector reform.

In an interview with UN-operated Radio Miraya, the USG reiterated the need for parties to work together to increase momentum in the peace process which will demonstrate that the political will exists to secure durable peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“We are committed to supporting the current efforts towards peace and stability in South Sudan. We will be supporting every positive step that will be taken, and we believe that our partnership towards achieving the ultimate objective of peace and stability in South Sudan requires a very strong and trustworthy partnership.”

The USG also heard first-hand the challenges faced by representatives from the myriad of humanitarian agencies trying to support communities across South Sudan despite dwindling resources. There are more than eight million people in need of assistance due to ongoing conflict as well as the impact of the worst flooding in 60 years.

SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Hollingworth, Country Director in South Sudan, World Food Programme (WFP):
“With all of this happening, we are also seeing subnational conflict across the whole country, localized conflict across the whole country, at a time when, actually, we want to see the political gains that have happened since the unity government came into place last year. We want to see that strengthened. We want to see that supported, because only through stability and peace are we actually going to see real development and longer-term support from the humanitarians having that impact to make this country a more prosperous and peaceful nation.”

At a time when there are many political and humanitarian crises in the world, the attention, energy, and financial resources of the international community is stretched thinner than ever. However, the USG reassured South Sudanese that their plight remains a priority for the UN and donor countries.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“To the people of South Sudan, times remain still difficult, we are aware of that. But I can assure them that the commitment of our colleagues from the UN, colleagues involved in humanitarian efforts, peacekeeping, development aid, protecting women, protecting girls, protecting children, their commitment is very, very strong and they will continue. We will continue, to do our best to help support the South Sudanese people moving forward.”

That support includes the full range of peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities, ranging from protecting civilians to supporting the constitution-making process and preparations for elections so South Sudanese citizens have the right to elect their leaders and determine their own future.
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