JUBA, South Sudan, November 30, 2021 / APO Group / –
Local solutions are the best solutions. The problems in South Sudan are ours and we have the ability and capacity to solve them and move this country forward.
His call to take charge of the peace and recovery process was shared by many other stakeholders in the launch of an innovative new program to promote social cohesion among politically divided communities and pave the way for recovery throughout the region.
The program is designed to help the Yei, Lainya, Morobo and Kajo-Keji communities reconcile and end violence, bring stability to where they live, and create new incentives to maintain peaceful coexistence.
It is funded by generous donations from the governments of Norway, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Canada through the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Reconciliation, Stabilization and Resilience in South Sudan (RSRTF), a joint initiative of the UN Mission in South Sudan and the UN country team.
More than 50 government, religious, civil society, UN and NGO representatives gathered in Yei for the official launch.
“The program will work hand in hand with local authorities and communities, in particular with the youth, women and displaced families returning to the area,” said Geetha Pious, director of the UNMISS field office in Equatoria state. Central. “UNMISS recognizes the importance of a bottom-up approach and stands ready to support all partners to bring peace and revive the country’s old barn.”
Authorities at the national and local levels welcomed the initiative and spoke out strongly in favor of its approach.
“It is important that we make use of our political and ethnic diversity for peace. It is also very timely to talk about locally driven solutions for peacebuilding, ”said National Peacebuilding Minister Stephen Par Kuol. “If we fix the Great Yei, we will fix South Sudan.”
“I am optimistic about this program because this program is ours,” said Sarah Nene Redento, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Central Equatoria.
There was also a recognition among local authorities, such as Morobo County Commissioner James Mawa John, that “without security there can be no development.”
While the program focuses on supporting communities to resolve local conflicts, it also seeks to strengthen the rule of law and amplify the voices of youth and women in political decision-making processes.
“Young people are the majority,” said Clement Bennett, a youth representative from Yei. “If we empower them, this nation will change. Together we will make this country great again. “
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) runs the program with the support of UNMISS, the Community Empowerment Organization for Progress (CEPO), the Education Development and Peace Support Program (SPEDP), Finn Church Aid (FCA) and Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI).
IOM Transition and Recovery Unit Coordinator Benjamin Moore explained that the Fund emphasizes the “primacy of politics” and “ongoing political dialogue” that are key to ensuring reconciliation, peace, stabilization and developing.
This new initiative in the southern state of Central Equatoria is the fourth area-based program funded by RSRTF. The objectives of the RSRTF are to contribute to the stabilization of the hotspots of conflict in South Sudan and to help pave the way for recovery and resilience.
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