SOUTH SUDAN / GOVERNORS FORUM

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23-Nov-2021 00:05:24
The fifth national Governor’s Forum opened in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Monday. Its main aim is to bring together leaders from all 10 states and develop mutual priorities designed to advance the quest for a sustainable peace in the world’s youngest nation. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / GOVERNORS FORUM
TRT: 05: 24
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, State governors and delegates in the hall
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Riek Machar, First Vice President, South Sudan:
“A lot is expected from this particular forum, this Governors’ forum, because it is the first after a civil war and it is also the first where we have multi-party governance and deputy governance. So, the spectrum has changed from the first or the previous Governors’ forums. Therefore, it might be challenging, the views might not be the same but since you have a guiding document which is your framework during this transition, and that is the Agreement, the Revitalized Agreement, and therefore, from this common perspective our views should be harmonized. This is important to underline, and I hope you keep to that.”
3. Wide shot, National ministers and UN agencies sitting
4. Med shot, National ministers sitting
5. Close up, Riak Machar reading
6. Close up, National minister of information reading
7. Close up, Central Equatoria governor
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Riek Machar, First Vice President, South Sudan:
“There are some other issues that are important—the security arrangements which [are] the backbone of the Agreement. We are now facing some difficulties because of non-completion of the security arrangements. We are trying to double our efforts to see that Phase 1 of unified forces are graduated.”
9. Various shots, State minister and SRSG
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“I strongly encourage you to see the constitution-making and upcoming electoral processes as important benchmarks in the march towards peace and stability. A sense of urgency is required, not a business-as-usual approach. While the Parties have coalesced around political power-sharing benchmarks, it is equally important that they strive to make progress on the Transitional Security Arrangements. There is now a collective duty to finalize a coherent command and control structure for the graduation and deployment of the Necessary Unified Forces. The formation of the Unified Forces is only an initial step in a complex but essential process of constructing a national army that serves the interests of the nation—one that is a symbol and mirror of all its people.”
11. Wide shot, Ministers and diplomats
12. Med shot, Commissioners reading
13. Med shot, Diplomats
14. Close up, National ministers reading

STORYLINE:

The fifth national Governor’s Forum opened in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Monday. Its main aim is to bring together leaders from all 10 states and develop mutual priorities designed to advance the quest for a sustainable peace in the world’s youngest nation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Riek Machar, First Vice President, South Sudan:
“A lot is expected from this particular forum, this Governors’ forum, because it is the first after a civil war and it is also the first where we have multi-party governance and deputy governance. So, the spectrum has changed from the first or the previous Governors’ forums. Therefore, it might be challenging, the views might not be the same but since you have a guiding document which is your framework during this transition, and that is the Agreement, the Revitalized Agreement, and therefore, from this common perspective our views should be harmonized. This is important to underline, and I hope you keep to that.”

First Vice President Machar acknowledged the need for progress to be made on implementing all necessary benchmarks contained within the Revitalized Peace Agreement, including establishing local governance structures as well as completing final security arrangements.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Riek Machar, First Vice President, South Sudan:
“There are some other issues that are important—the security arrangements which [are] the backbone of the Agreement. We are now facing some difficulties because of non-completion of the security arrangements. We are trying to double our efforts to see that Phase 1 of unified forces are graduated.”

The United Nation’s top envoy in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom echoed Dr Machar’s urgency.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“I strongly encourage you to see the constitution-making and upcoming electoral processes as important benchmarks in the march towards peace and stability. A sense of urgency is required, not a business-as-usual approach. While the Parties have coalesced around political power-sharing benchmarks, it is equally important that they strive to make progress on the Transitional Security Arrangements. There is now a collective duty to finalize a coherent command and control structure for the graduation and deployment of the Necessary Unified Forces. The formation of the Unified Forces is only an initial step in a complex but essential process of constructing a national army that serves the interests of the nation—one that is a symbol and mirror of all its people.”

UNMISS has supported the national government in its efforts by spearheading a series of dialogues to foster political cohesion and trust between members of the coalition state governments. Prior to this week-long forum, the UN Peacekeeping mission facilitated nine state-level fora to create synergies among state governors and local stakeholders. This has led to the creation of strategic plans for each state, addressing priorities enshrined in the Revitalized Agreement.
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