SOUTH SUDAN / PROTECTION WORKSHOP

29-Jul-2021 00:05:25
UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in partnership with the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) held a workshop in Juba to help communicate the principles, processes, roles and responsibilities in the new guidelines, which can ensure unfettered access to communities in need. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PROTECTION WORKSHOP
TRT: 5:25
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 27 JULY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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FILE - UNMISS - SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, patrol

27 JULY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

2. Various shots, UNMISS SRSG shaking hands with military officials at meeting
3. Various shots, Military officials looking on
4. Wide shot, meeting participants standing and acknowledging each other
5. Set up UNMISS SRSG seated with other officials
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Our presence here today is part of an effort to work better together in service of our shared objectives, even if we have encountered differences of approach and points of difference in the past. Working together with respect for each other’s responsibilities will make us stronger.”
7. Various shots, South Sudanese military officials at meeting
8. Wide shot, pan of meeting in progress
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Deng Dau, Deputy Foreign Minister, South Sudan:
“This workshop is very central for trust-building and for us to be able to open a new page in how to coordinate our activities between various institutions of security of our country and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.”
10. Wide shot, military officials at workshop
11. Med shot, General Mau Manase Malak, Chief JVMM
12. SOUNDBITE (English) General Mau Mananse Malak, Chief, JVMM:
“I am really hopeful [that this joint venture will succeed] because I made it together with the Deputy Force Commander [of UNMISS]. We had a proper discussion and when [it comes to implementation] we have reached this stage. So, I am very much hopeful. Both of us—myself and UNMISS—made it together and that’s why the command came. Today is a great day.”
13. Wide shot, UNMISS Deputy Force Commander talking to workshop participants
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Main Ullah Chowdhury, Deputy Force Commander, UNMISS:
“I am very pleased that we have succeeded in bringing all the main pillars of both UNMISS and the SSPDF together here in Juba for this workshop today. I think we all agree that UNMISS’ relationship with the government forces, and in particular, with the JVMM in recent days is cordial and understanding, than ever before. It could only be possible because of very close interactions, regular visits all around, by building mutual trust and by sharing information at every level—leaders and staff—and solving any challenges through discussion and dialogue.”
15. Various shots, military at session
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Quite frankly, the guidelines that have been approved have had an immediate impact. We’ve already seen improved access and a reduction in access denials as a result of this initiative. We think it’s a really important opportunity to reset our relationship and build trust between the SSPDF and UNMISS. We’ve seen evidence of this already. The workshop is an attempt to consolidate that [gain].
17. Various shots, military at workshop
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“We are, as a force, much more mobile than we’ve ever been. Our patrols are going all over the country to protect civilians wherever they may be threatened. The level of threat has spread throughout the country and its necessary for us to have that access.”
19. Various shots, patrol on road and at check-point
STORYLINE
UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in partnership with the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) held a workshop in Juba to help communicate the principles, processes, roles and responsibilities in the new guidelines, which can ensure unfettered access to communities in need.

As part of its mandate, UNMISS regularly deploys force protection teams to conflict hotspots and accompany humanitarian convoys on insecure routes in support of the delivery of humanitarian assistance. To this end, the peacekeeping mission recently agreed on a new way forward with relevant government authorities to ensure unfettered access to communities in need.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Our presence here today is part of an effort to work better together in service of our shared objectives, even if we have encountered differences of approach and points of difference in the past. Working together with respect for each other’s responsibilities will make us stronger.”

Monthly meetings between UNMISS and the South Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has led to this new coordination mechanism geared towards furthering the common goal of preventing conflict and building a durable peace in this young nation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Deng Dau, Deputy Foreign Minister, South Sudan:
“This workshop is very central for trust-building and for us to be able to open a new page in how to coordinate our activities between various institutions of security of our country and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.”

The main aim of this joint venture: To ensure communities can look forward to a future of stability and prosperity.

SOUNDBITE (English) General Mau Mananse Malak, Chief, JVMM:
“I am really hopeful [that this joint venture will succeed] because I made it together with the Deputy Force Commander [of UNMISS]. We had a proper discussion and when [it comes to implementation] we have reached this stage. So, I am very much hopeful. Both of us—myself and UNMISS—made it together and that’s why the command came. Today is a great day.”

The UNMISS Deputy Force Commander commended all stakeholders for signing this unique set of guidelines to uphold the mission’s mandate of helping the government protect its people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Main Ullah Chowdhury, Deputy Force Commander, UNMISS:
“I am very pleased that we have succeeded in bringing all the main pillars of both UNMISS and the SSPDF together here in Juba for this workshop today. I think we all agree that UNMISS’ relationship with the government forces, and in particular, with the JVMM in recent days is cordial and understanding, than ever before. It could only be possible because of very close interactions, regular visits all around, by building mutual trust and by sharing information at every level—leaders and staff—and solving any challenges through discussion and dialogue.”

Access denials have previously hampered UNMISS in addressing emergency protection and humanitarian needs of vulnerable communities. With this new set of guidelines, it is hoped that peacekeepers will be able to support the government and the people of South Sudan in a proactive, nimble and robust manner, especially considering widespread subnational violence.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Quite frankly, the guidelines that have been approved have had an immediate impact. We’ve already seen improved access and a reduction in access denials as a result of this initiative. We think it’s a really important opportunity to reset our relationship and build trust between the SSPDF and UNMISS. We’ve seen evidence of this already. The workshop is an attempt to consolidate that [gain]. We are, as a force, much more mobile than we’ve ever been. Our patrols are going all over the country to protect civilians wherever they may be threatened. The level of threat has spread throughout the country and its necessary for us to have that access.”

These new operational guidelines are a necessary step forward in the relationship between UNMISS and the Government of South Sudan to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and build a future free of conflict.
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