National Dialogue to Meet with Team from UN HeadquartersPress Release
Co-chair Angelo Beda and other members of the National Dialogue’s Leadership team will meet with a Strategic Review Team from UN Headquarters. The meeting will occur this Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 2 pm at Freedom Hall in Juba. The National Dialogue Secretariat invites all members of the press to attend.
About the Strategic Review Team from UN Headquarters
The UN’s delegation is the same one sent to South Sudan to review the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Specifically, it will consider the security and humanitarian situation all over South Sudan. In fact, the team will also consult with a wide range of people in Juba and around the country. Beyond that, it will consult with opposition groups around East Africa according to a news report.
The news report cites UNMISS head David Shearer on the importance of the strategic review team. Specifically, he said it is the 15-member Security Council that will decide whether to extend the mandate, not UNMISS. He further pointed out that the review team’s findings, as well as other broader consultation processes, will inform the Council’s decision-making.
The Importance of the UN to the National Dialogue Process
The Steering Committee views the United Nations as an important partner in the National Dialogue process. UN agencies such as UNMISS, UNESCO, and the UNDP have supplied resources, ideas, and guidance. Consequently, it warmly welcomes the visit and review of National Dialogue progress by the UN.
The last high-level meeting between the National Dialogue and the UN occurred on the 28th of September, 2017, also at Freedom Hall in Juba. On that date, the Leadership met with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), Alain Noudéhou.