By Andrew Irumba
JUBA-South Sudan: The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, and the Executive Director for UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will undertake a joint visit to South Sudan from 7-10 October.
The delegation is expected to meet with the President, First Vice-President, Council of Ministers and other high-level government officials. The visit will provide an opportunity for the delegation to commend the South Sudanese stakeholders for signing the peace agreement on 12 September 2018 and encourage them to faithfully implement it.
More specifically, the visit will focus on tangible actions and re-emphasizing the significance of elevating, safeguarding and ensuring women’s meaningful participation and leadership in the implementation of the Agreement. The delegation will also travel to Bentiu and meet with women leaders and organizations, including those living in the Protection of Civilian site. They will also meet with the leadership and personnel of the UN system.
After the visit to South Sudan, the delegation will travel to Addis Ababa and brief the African Union Peace and Security Council on 10th October 2018.