Youth Urged to Participate in the Peace process

Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge, JMEC Deputy Chairperson speaks during the workshop (photo credit JMEC):

By Viola Matela

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) yesterday launched a workshop to enable the youth understand and participate in the ongoing peace process.

The four-day workshop in Juba was aimed at educating the youth on the 2015 Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF), and Agreement on cessation of Hostilities (ACoH).

The workshop themed: “Peace in Time: Creating awareness for the Youth on the South Sudan Peace Process” was attended by over 100 youth.

JMEC working closely with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) through the workshop seeks to create awareness among the youth about the content and proceedings of the Peace process, including all the treaties emanating from it and their role in peace building, dissemination, implementation and monitoring process.

“This is crucial in enabling effective participation among the South Sudanese population,” Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge, JMEC Deputy Chairperson said in his opening remarks.

He expressed regrets on the failure of parties to abide by the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access Agreement signed on 21st Dec.2017.

“We are still being confronted by the increased hostilities amongst the different parties and flagrant violations of the ceasefire. The continuously deteriorating political, security, humanitarian and economic situation in the country has caused unprecedented displacement, famine,” Mr. Njoroge stated.

He further decried the killing of civilians, sexual violence against women, displacement of children, the elderly and disabled persons.

The morning session consisted of a presentation by Thomson Fontaine, JMEC Economic Advisor on an overview and revision of the ARCSS 2015 and the JMEC Mandate together with a brief overview and update on the HLRF process. This was followed by Betty Murungi, JMEC Transitional Justice Advisor’s discussion on the provisions of Chapter 1 on Governance in the ARCSS.

Chantal Niyokindi, JMEC Gender Advisor commenting on Humanitarian Assistance and Reconstruction strongly decried an increase in the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance versus its inconsistency in terms of delivery.

“Our recommendations are a call to end the conflict, reduce the impediments to delivery of humanitarian assistance and improving the economic situation,” Niyokindi said.

Commenting about Chapter IV of the ARCSS covering Resource, Economic and Financial Management, Fontaine said that if peace holds then humanitarian funding can come in to run different ventures like the Youth and Women Enterprise Development Funds.

“The government should have a robust auditing system which will support growth and development within the South Sudanese economy over time,” Fontaine said.

WPDI, an NGO with an international scope founded by Forest Whitaker hosting this event developed an array of peace building programs, initiatives and campaigns to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged groups.

JMEC was constituted under Chapter VII of the ARCSS. It is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the Peace Agreement timelines and implementation schedule.

JMEC further is responsible for reporting regularly directly to the Heads of state and government of IGAD in addition to recommending appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU in case of non-implementation of the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU.



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