Joint UNMISS, CEPO Workshop on Good Governance Focused on Peace, Progress

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“By gathering here today, we have overcome many trivial misunderstandings and hate speech. It has brought us together as one, regardless of the political party we belong to,” said Khamis John Brown, a member of the West Equatoria state parliament.

Brown was speaking at the end of a two-day workshop facilitated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with civil society partner, the Community for Development Organization (CEPO) for members of the state’s Revitalized Transitional National Unity Government. .

Participants include members of the legislature as well as heads of organized forces.

Objective: Discuss ways and means by which these actors can work together in a spirit of compromise to improve the lives of citizens.

“We have disseminated important information to key country leaders about the provisions contained in the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement,” said Edmond Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO.

“The aim is to ensure uniformed lawmakers and senior personnel are fully equipped with the knowledge they need to commit to ensuring services and security for their people, towards the end of the ongoing transition period,” he added.

Participants are led through this important document chapter by chapter and they, in turn, pose difficult questions to the facilitator.

For Diako Pouline, another member of parliament, the forum has served as a platform to build much-needed unity.

“We have been encouraged to work for the benefit of the people, regardless of our ethnicity or political affiliation. This has inspired me to create a new youth program for my constituents, which can be replicated in the West Equator, helping to heal some of the traumas that young people in this country are experiencing,” he said.

At the end of the two-day discussion, participants signed a communiqué designed as a roadmap to ushering in peace, progress, and a unified approach to uplifting all communities in Western Equatoria.

Key recommendations include enhancing partnerships between state governments and development actors; find a sustainable conflict resolution in the Tambura area and its surroundings; not commit hate speech; and prioritize the needs and rights of women, youth and children. In addition, upholding the rule of law and using dialogue to resolve political differences were highlighted.

“We have been committed to working with each other for the betterment of the communities we serve,” said Wokila Charles, Speaker of the state’s parliament,

Meanwhile, Fidelite Nitroranya, Acting Head of the UNMISS Field Office in Yambio assured the participants of the continued support of the UN Peacekeeping mission for the goal of lasting peace.

“I believe that your participation in this event has strengthened your knowledge and provided you with an entry point to help local people become more resilient and usher in development,” said Ms. The nitrora. “UNMISS is your partner in this effort and will continue to support all efforts to fully implement the peace agreement.”

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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Joint UNMISS, CEPO Workshop on Good Governance Focused on Peace, Progress

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