Amending the South Sudan’s Revitalized Peace Agreement: The Implications of the Extension and its Roadmap

Publication SummaryOn 4 August 2022, the Parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement agreed to extend the Transitional Period for 24 months. The Parties, led by the Council of Ministers, acted under article 8.4 of the Agreement which provides a three-stage procedure for amending the Agreement. The three stages include: (1) approval by two-thirds of the Council of Ministers, (2) consent by two-thirds of the members of the Revitalized Joint Monitoring…

China Critical of Blinken’s Africa Offensive

We're not in competition: That was the line from both the United States and China as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Africa this week, but analysts said the trip was indeed aimed at, among other things, countering Beijing's massive influence on the continent.Blinken denied repeatedly on his three-country tour that this was the case — stressing African agency and autonomy — while China dismissed his comments and accused…

First Humanitarian Food Aid Set to Leave Ukraine for Africa

The first U.N.-chartered vessel set to transport grain from Ukraine to Africa docked Friday in Ukraine.The vessel will carry the first shipment of humanitarian food to Africa under a U.N.-backed plan to move grain trapped by Russia’s war on Ukraine and to help relieve a global food crisis.Previous ships with grain that were allowed to leave Ukraine under the deal were not humanitarian, and their cargoes had been purchased by…

UN Weekly Roundup: August 6-12, 2022

Alarm at shelling of Ukrainian nuclear plantThe head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday that a preliminary assessment from his agency’s experts concluded that there was no immediate threat to nuclear safety following shelling around a major nuclear plant in southern Ukraine, but he cautioned that “could change at any moment.” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi told the U.N. Security Council that he and a team of experts…

S. Sudan’s Kiir, Machar discuss outstanding peace deal issues

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir his first deputy in the coalition government, Riek Machar met and discussed ways of addressing the current pending issues in the revitalised peace agreement.The two leaders, the state-owned television (SSBC) reported on Thursday, also discussed the participation of other political parties in the governance structure of the three Administrative Areas and reached a consensus.“They also deliberated the issue of security bill, whether the national security…

South Sudanese leaders, Dagalo discuss peace implementation

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar on Thursday briefed the deputy head of Sudan Sovereignty Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo on the progress made in the implementation of the revitalised peace agreement. The meeting of the leaders took place in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Dagalo welcomed the recent roadmap that extended South Sudan’s transitional period for 24 months.He commended the…