The Civil Society Organizations Conference facilitated by the National Dialogue Leadership on 14th & 15th November 2019.Press Release
Given the collective power of civil society organizations (CSOs) in building social, economic, and political agendas both locally and globally, the leadership of the National dialogue deemed it necessary and very important to include the civil society as a major stakeholder in the National Dialogue of South Sudan.
The representatives of the civil society organizations (CSOs) in South Sudan met at Freedom Hall in Juba from the 14th to the 15th of November 2019, under the auspices of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, chaired by Hon. Angelo Beda. Part of the agenda was to be briefed by the Leadership of National Dialogue Steering Committee about the important work the Committee has done over the last two years and to have deliberations on an array of issues, among them:
- To share the draft outline of the National Conference Agenda and to get the inputs of the Civil Society Organizations on the Agenda; and
- To share the outline of the implementation framework of the recommendations of the National Dialogue and also get Civil Society Organizations’ inputs on the same.
The representatives applauded the people of South Sudan for having spoken frankly and bravely about issues affecting the country through the grassroots consultations and the regional conferences. They also expressed their gratitude to the President of the Republic, Salva Kiir Mayardit for initiating the National Dialogue process and providing the resources needed for this important national endeavor; and also congratulated the Co-chairs, H.E. Abel Alier and Hon. Angelo Beda, the entire Leadership and membership of the Steering Committee, and the Secretariat for what is truly a remarkable achievement in conducting a successful consultation from the grassroots to the regional conferences, this is unlike any other in the history of our country.
Determined to restore peace and stability in the country through the unity of the people; Inspired and guided by the objectives and principles of the National Dialogue, and recognizing the complementarity between the National Dialogue and the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS); Having had fruitful deliberations, the CSO representatives came up with a number of resolutions. Among them, they recognized the National Dialogue as an inclusive grassroots process that holds the key to national transformation. They also resolved to commit to the National Dialogue process fully and strongly support and affirm the views of the people of South Sudan generated through the grassroots consultations.
The CSO leaders unanimously called for opening up of civic space for the civil society to operate and strengthen the culture of dialogue, and to promote the growth and development of a democratic political culture in South Sudan. They demanded that the South Sudan Youth Development Policy be enacted by the National Legislature and signed into law; as well as the full implementation of affirmative action for women in the form of a 35% share in positions as stipulated in R-ARCSS and speedy release of youth and women enterprise funds as stipulated in R-ARCSS.