Security Council Committee on South Sudan: A Comprehensive Overview of its Progress
A Briefing by the Panel of Experts
On September 7, 2023, the Security Council Committee established under resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan received a briefing from the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan. The briefing was focused on the Panel’s plan for implementing its mandate under Security Council resolution 2683 (2023), which was established on May 30, 2023. The Committee’s members expressed satisfaction at the Panel’s appointment on July 21, 2023, as mentioned in document S/2023/548. The Coordinator’s session was welcomed as it presented an overview of the upcoming work plan.
Upholding Guiding Principles
The Committee members acknowledged the Panel’s dedication to uphold the guiding principles of impartiality, objectivity, and independence in its work. These principles are essential for ensuring the credibility of the Panel’s findings and recommendations. By adhering to these principles, the Panel’s work will be viewed as reliable and trustworthy by all stakeholders, including the South Sudanese government and the global community.
Expectations for Future Reports
The Security Council Committee has expressed keen anticipation for the Panel’s interim and final reports, along with its monthly updates as per the directives of resolution 2683 (2023). These reports are expected to provide critical insights into the ongoing situation in South Sudan, including developments in the political landscape, security situation, human rights violations, and any obstruction of humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. The reports will also shed light on the implementation of the sanctions measures in South Sudan and any procurement of arms.
Collaboration with the South Sudanese Government
The Panel of Experts has expressed gratitude to the Permanent Mission of South Sudan to the United Nations and the Government of South Sudan for facilitating the Panel’s travel to South Sudan. This collaboration is crucial for the Panel to conduct its work effectively and obtain accurate, first-hand information on the ground.
Engagement with Regional States and Interested Member States
The briefing was attended by Committee members and representatives of regional States and interested Member States. This meeting served as an opportunity for the broader United Nations membership to exchange views on the work of the Committee and the Panel of Experts, as well as the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2633 (2022).
Upcoming Security Council Briefings
There are several upcoming Security Council briefings regarding South Sudan. The Council will be briefed on the Secretary-General’s 90-day report on South Sudan, which members expect to receive by 8 September. The mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is set to expire on 15 March 2024, and the Council is expected to renew the mandate before its expiration. Prior to this, the Council will hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on the Secretary-General’s 90-day UNMISS report.
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