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The UN in South Sudan: Risks and Opportunities in an Uncertain Peace Process

On 22 February 2022, The Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON), Training for Peace (TfP) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) co-hosted a webinar on the mandate renewal of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The discussion centered around the findings of the EPON report The United Nations Mission in South Sudan 2022: Risks and Opportunities in an Uncertain Peace Process that focused on two inter-related aspects of UNMISS’ mandate: (1) the Protection of Civilians (POC), and (2) UNMISS’ support to the peace process.

Two of the researchers, Adam Day and Andrew E. Tchie, presented the report findings. The head of UNMISS, Nicholas Haysom, and South Sudan’s Ambassador to the UN, Akuei Bona Malwal, gave their remarks on opportunities and challenges. The panel discussed several issues, like the upcoming elections, constitution-making, the role of the international community, and the necessity to include youth and women in decision-making processes.

The objective of the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) is, through collaborative research, to improve the effectiveness of peace operations and the impact these have on their environment.

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