Statement on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of South Sudan’s independence by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS, Nicholas Haysom – South Sudan

Juba, July 8, 2022: As South Sudan marks 11 years of independence, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reiterates its commitment to peace in the world’s youngest nation.

Coming out of the civil war has not been easy and the coming months will be critical for South Sudan, as the transition period draws to a close in February 2023. Now is the time for national leaders to redouble their efforts. efforts to agree on a roadmap – with clear benchmarks, timelines and priorities – to pave the way for free, fair and credible elections. This is an opportunity for the country to celebrate its common values ​​and to mobilize for nation building.

This year, UNMISS continues to promote a safe and secure environment for civilians, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and support the return of displaced families and refugees. Together, let us make the gains of peace irreversible and build the prosperous future to which all South Sudanese women, men and children aspire.

Happy Independence Day.

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