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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently facilitated a two-day Political Parties’ Forum in Juba to discuss critical issues to contribute to a peaceful and successful political transition as the provisions of the country’s revitalized peace agreement are implemented. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / POLITICAL PARTIES FORUM
TRT: 04:05
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /NATS
DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2024, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots of delegates in the hall
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Political, UNMISS:
“The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is pleased to support a space for dialogue on political civic space with leaders of the political parties, the government, civil society, and security sector representatives. This forum will serve as a platform for political dialogue, building trust and confidence and raising awareness on the status of the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement and the ongoing electoral and political processes.”
3. Various Shots, DSRSG and delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Political, UNMISS:
“It requires the engagement of key political stakeholders in enhancing and protecting the political and civic space, and in building trust and confidence. Thus, this forum seeks to succeed in promoting the commitment of civic and political stakeholders to widen the political civic space at both the national and the local level.”
5. Various shots, party delegates in the hall
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gerald Francis Nyukuye, Minister of Peacebuilding, Central Equatoria State:
“In Central Equatoria State we are aware of the universal declaration of human rights. We also know that open civic space is not only essential for democracy, but it is also important for prosperity, economic growth, and sustainable development.”
7. Various shots, Political party members
8. SOUNDBITE (English), Prosper Nortey Addo, Deputy Head of the AU Mission in South Sudan:
“It’s incumbent on the government to create the much-needed open political and civic space to allow its citizens to freely engage in political activities and representation. To achieve this objective, all citizens must also remain civil, constructive and responsible in their pronouncement or criticism."
9. Various shots, Party members in the hall
10. SOUNDBITE (English), Dr Job Akuna, RJMEC-Representatives.
"As in any democracy, the credibility of any election requires, among other constants efforts, the nurturing, enhancement, guaranteeing and protection of the political and civic space."

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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently facilitated a two-day Political Parties’ Forum in Juba to discuss critical issues to contribute to a peaceful and successful political transition as the provisions of the country’s revitalized peace agreement are implemented.

The event aimed to create an understanding that the implementation of the agreement and the roadmap is not only the responsibility of actors at the national level, but also requires that the same necessary actions are taken at the state and community levels.

The forum is expected to result in a communique where participants express their commitment to seek dialogue and support in expanding the shrinking civic and political space in the country.
Political party leaders concur that an open political and civic space is necessary, as South Sudan races to complete a peaceful, democratic and credible electoral process ahead of the elections slated for December 2024.

SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Political, UNMISS:
“The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is pleased to support a space for dialogue on political civic space with leaders of the political parties, the government, civil society, and security sector representatives. This forum will serve as a platform for political dialogue, building trust and confidence and raising awareness on the status of the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement and the ongoing electoral and political processes.”

The objective of the UN peacekeeping mission is to contribute to solutions to the outstanding issues and build trust among political parties, as part of its mandate to support ongoing peace processes.

SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Political, UNMISS:
“It requires the engagement of key political stakeholders in enhancing and protecting the political and civic space, and in building trust and confidence. Thus, this forum seeks to succeed in promoting the commitment of civic and political stakeholders to widen the political civic space at both the national and the local level.”

UNMISS and regional partners hold regular consultations with political parties to establish a secure and inclusive civic and political environment to ensure that the electoral process becomes as fair and transparent as possible.

SOUNDBITE (English) Gerald Francis Nyukuye, Minister of Peacebuilding, Central Equatoria State:
“In Central Equatoria State we are aware of the universal declaration of human rights. We also know that open civic space is not only essential for democracy, but it is also important for prosperity, economic growth and sustainable development.”

A relative lack of political pluralism, polarized positions, and fragile trust between key actors, have led political parties and civil society representatives to call for the opening of adequate political and civic space as a pre-condition for holding elections in December 2024.

SOUNDBITE (English), Prosper Nortey Addo, Deputy Head of the AU Mission in South Sudan:
“It’s incumbent on the government to create the much-needed open political and civic space to allow its citizens to freely engage in political activities and representation. To achieve this objective, all citizens must also remain civil, constructive and responsible in their pronouncement or criticism."

The engagement of key political stakeholders in expanding and protecting the political and civic space is thought to be crucial.

SOUNDBITE (English), Dr Job Akuna, RJMEC-Representatives:
"As in any democracy, the credibility of any election requires, among other constants efforts, the nurturing, enhancement, guaranteeing and protection of the political and civic space."

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