July 15, 2021 — The First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, inaugurated the Reflective Dialogue on Peacebuilding in South Sudan Forum today, on Thursday July 15, 2021 at the Palm Africa Hotel, Juba.
Inaugurating the peace initiative under the theme “Towards the Development of South Sudan’s Peacebuilding Strategic Framework (SSPSFF)”, the First Vice President said SSPSFF will not only focus on discussing and developing “one South Sudan’s Peacebuilding Strategic Framework” but will also seek political will and commitment through the adaption of terms of reference for the establishment of a process management and oversight mechanism.
According to Dr. Machar the forum will also serve as a platform for both national and international peacebuilding stakeholders to take stock of progress and major challenges that still to be addressed in the implementation of critical peacebuilding provisions in the Revitalized Agreement of the Conflict in the Republic South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
Addressing the audience, the First Vice President also said the participants will discuss opportunities for accelerating peacebuilding interventions across all levels of the Transitional Government of National Unity at the Payam, County, State and Federal Levels.
In attendance were H.E. Nicholas Haysom, the United Nation Special Envoy Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); Hon. Stephen Par Kuol, Minister of Peacebuilding; Hon. Angelina Teny, Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs; Hon. Lasuba L. Wango, Minister of Federal Affairs; Hon. Aya Benjamin Warille, Minister of Gender and Social Welfare; Hon. Sarah Cleto Rial, Governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal; Government Officials; members of Diplomatic Corps and Missions and the United Nations Agencies in South Sudan; and representatives of the Civil Society.
The forum, which was organized by the Ministry of Peacebuilding and attended mostly by the SPLM/A-IO leaders in Juba, was done with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).