High-Level Dialogue Held in South Sudan to Address National Action Plan on Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
High-Level Dialogue Held in South Sudan to Address National Action Plan on Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, in partnership with the United Nations, held a two-day high-level dialogue to discuss the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The dialogue featured national leaders from government, military, law enforcement, civil society, and the United Nations speaking on the theme, “Addressing Impunity on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in South Sudan.

Dispatches from the IGAD Regional Initiative: Setting up a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Juba, South Sudan
Dispatches from the IGAD Regional Initiative: Setting up a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Juba, South Sudan

Ms. Teresia Chepkosgei Kenduiywo and Ms. Alice Alego Matole, Kenyan veterinary laboratory technologists with two decades of technical experience, arrived at Juba’s Central Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on October 2015, ready to mentor their South Sudanese peers on accurate animal disease diagnosis and effective laboratory management. Upon their arrival, both women were surprised to learn that the lab lacked something as essential as a microscope.

South Sudan celebrates International Peace Day: Together We Can Heal the Nation
South Sudan celebrates International Peace Day: Together We Can Heal the Nation

Under the theme “Together We Can Heal the Nation,” students from Juba Girls Secondary School, Juba Day Secondary School and Chinese Friendship School expressed their feelings through messages of peace performed in dramas, peace songs and a powerful poem during the celebration of the International Day of Peace in South Sudan which took place in Juba at Nyakuron Cultural Centre on 21 September 2016.

Learning How to Advocate for Peace through Broadcasting on Community Radio Stations
Learning How to Advocate for Peace through Broadcasting on Community Radio Stations

“I hope with this training I will get more knowledge and experience so I can contribute to the work that my local radio station is doing for peace,” expressed one of the participants of the Radio for Peace training organized by UNESCO and UNDP, in partnership with Radio for Peace Network (RaPNet), which kicked off yesterday in Juba.

The RSS/IGAD Regional Executive Board Reaffirms Commitment to South Sudan’s Stabilization, Sustainability, and Progress
The RSS/IGAD Regional Executive Board Reaffirms Commitment to South Sudan’s Stabilization, Sustainability, and Progress

The latest RSS/IGAD Regional Initiative Executive Board Meeting took place yesterday, September 20, 2016 in Juba, at the Ministry of Labour, Public Service, and Human Resource Development of South Sudan, where they discussed the progress, achievements, and next steps of the IGAD Regional Initiative.

UNDP and Ministry of Finance Discuss Recovery and Stabilization
UNDP and Ministry of Finance Discuss Recovery and Stabilization

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning met with UNDP today to discuss key priorities to achieve progress on national stability and sustainability. UNDP Acting Country Director Jean-Luc Stalon and Minister of Finance Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau mutually agreed on the need to remain focused on economic stabilization and sustainable development initiatives.

Dispatches from the IGAD Regional Initiative: Training Midwives for Safe Pregnancies in Terekeka, South Sudan
Dispatches from the IGAD Regional Initiative: Training Midwives for Safe Pregnancies in Terekeka, South Sudan

Mr. Silvanus Odukis, a qualified Kenyan nurse-midwife, with over 30 years of experience in maternal care, knows the inherent challenges of giving birth in South Sudan, one of the world’s deadliest countries to give birth. The last national health survey, done in 2006, estimates that 2,054 deaths occur per 100,000 live births, which translates to one in seven women dying due to pregnancy related complications.

Religious Leaders Gather to Discuss Human Development in South Sudan
Religious Leaders Gather to Discuss Human Development in South Sudan

The Bureau of Religious Affairs and UNDP hosted a workshop for religious leaders to delve deep into the themes of the first-ever National Human Development Report (NHDR) for South Sudan. People, peace, and prosperity was on the day’s agenda as Muslim and Christian leaders presented Biblical and Islamic perspectives on the themes of the National Human Development Report and the pathway forward for sustainable development in South Sudan.

The Youth Innovation Challenge: Because South Sudan is Full of Young Heroes
BLOG| The Youth Innovation Challenge: Because South Sudan is Full of Young Heroes

Last week, UNDP South Sudan office was full of young South Sudanese ready to work to make the difference in their country. They came to participate in the introduction workshop of the Youth Innovation Challenge for Peace, held on Thursday 25 August. The aim was to inform interested participants about the process, rules and characteristics of innovative ideas.

Integrated Crisis Response Programme for South Sudan 2016
Integrated Crisis Response Programme for South Sudan 2016

The overarching goal of UNDP’s Integrated Crisis Response Programme (ICRP) is to support recovery and stabilization and lay down a strong foundation for national reconciliation and sustainable development.

Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa
Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark launched Africa Human Development Report 2016 at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) that took place for the first time in Africa, Kenya. According to the Report, Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year.

UNDP to Reinforce Stabilization and Recovery Efforts in Aweil State
UNDP to Reinforce Stabilization and Recovery Efforts in Aweil State

The UNDP South Sudan Acting Country Director Jean-Luc Stalon, accompanied by senior UNDP programme staff, recently visited Aweil State to consult with the governor and other key stakeholders on recovery and stabilization projects that would consolidate peace and stability in a state that has largely remained peaceful.

UNDP and Ministry of Justice Discuss Strengthening Relations
UNDP and Ministry of Justice Discuss Strengthening Relations and Continued Collaboration

UNDP Acting Country Director Mr. Jean-Luc Stalon met with the Minister of Justice Honorable Paulino Wanawila Onango this week to discuss strengthened relations between the Ministry of Justice and UNDP. The meeting reaffirms UNDP’s continued support for the development of South Sudan’s legal system.

 UNDP Crisis Response Initiative: A Market for Peace in Rejaf County
UNDP Crisis Response Initiative: A Market for Peace in Rejaf County

Lead by community representatives and payam chiefs, the citizens of Jandoru Boma in Rejaf County have unanimously approved plans to move forward on a vegetable market designed to promote interdependency and peace within the local communities.

Tackling Case Backlog with the Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Justice national- and state-level support staff, including five women, completed an intensive training last Friday on case management and computer skills -- the first such workshop in the history of the legal system in South Sudan.

UNDP Supports Transitional Justice Dialogue in Bentiu
UNDP Supports Transitional Justice Dialogue in Bentiu

The dialogue was attended by more than 72 participants ranging from women leaders, traditional authorities, representatives from the State Legislative Assembly, youth groups and the church.

UNDP supports Transitional Justice Working Group on learning missions to Kampala and Gulu
UNDP supports Transitional Justice Working Group on learning missions to Kampala and Gulu

Under the theme of this year’s institute, ‘Too little too late or too much too soon? The time and timing of transitional justice’, participants discussed when transitional justice processes should begin and end, how long such processes should last and what this means for mandates of transitional justice institutions.