Why Have a National Dialogue?
- Because traditional peace treaties between generals and politicians haven’t worked. The National Dialogue process will help them finally work.
- Because the vast majority of South Sudan’s citizens live in dire poverty.
- Because up to 2 million have fled conflict and economic disaster, with 1 million alone living refugee camps in neighboring Uganda.
- Because 1.3 million of those who haven’t fled face imminent starvation.
- Because 1 out of every 10 children in South Sudan is an orphan.
- Because South Sudan can change — into a vibrant, prosperous, diverse, and peaceful country.
The SSND was launched to enable the people of South Sudan, through grassroots consultations, to do the following five things:
- Redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood;
- Redefine citizenship and belonging;
- Restructure the state;
- Renegotiate social contract; and
- Revitalize their aspirations for development and membership in the world of nations.