Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
South Sudan (March 2018)
The Security Council will be renewing the mandate for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after a short technical extension, in order to consider the findings of the strategic review (S/2018/143). SGBV continues to be a key protection concern within South Sudan; there must be improved protection and security measures for women and girls, both within and outside of protection of civilian (PoC) sites. In PoC sites, women’s access to resources and food security is inexorably linked with their physical security and integrity. As such, particular attention should be given to ways in which the mission can reduce the risks for women, particularly through livelihoods patrols, protective accompaniment and establishment of safe areas. In light of the unprecedented and deteriorating food insecurity situation across the country, the Security Council should acknowledge that lack of food, water and sanitation resources is further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. In its renewal of the UNMISS mandate, the Council should maintain existing WPS provisions (S/RES/2327 (2016), OPs 7(a)(i), (a)(vi), (b)(ii), 14) and further explicitly call for adequate resourcing for civilian components of the mission including Gender Advisers, Protection of Civilians Advisers, Human Rights Officers and Community Liaison Assistants as vital to ensuring implementation of the overall mandate. Additionally, the Council should:
Add a provision to the mandate requiring the mission to hold regular consultations with women leaders, women’s CSOs, and community members to ensure protection strategies, are responsive to women’s security concerns (S/RES/2327 (2016), OPs 7(a)(i)(v)(vi)(vii), (b)(i)(ii)(iii)).
Add a provision to the mandate to ensure that disarmament, demobilization, reintegration (DDR) and SSR activities are gender-sensitive and inclusive of women (S/RES/2122 (2013), OP 4).
Add a provision to the mandate calling on the mission to ensure women’s participation in its support for constitution-making, political and electoral processes (S/RES/2122 (2013), OP 4).
Call for the Government and relevant international partners, as per resolutions 2117 (2013) and 2220 (2015), to facilitate women’s full and meaningful participation in all policymaking, planning and implementation processes to combat and eradicate the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons in all its aspects, including through consultations with women’s CSOs.
Call on all parties to ensure women’s full and effective representation and leadership in all conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and peace negotiations, including through the involvement of women’s CSOs (S/RES/2122 (2013), OPs 7, 8; S/RES/2242 (2015), OP 1).
Add a provision calling on UNMISS to improve its capacity to conduct investigations of SGBV-related incidents in and around PoC sites and continue to strengthen regular and timely reporting on the human rights situation, including on patterns of SGBV.
Add a provision calling on UNMISS to support the revitalization and implementation of the NAP on Resolution 1325 (2000) and the 2014 Joint Communiqué on the Prevention of Conflict-related Sexual Violence.
Strengthen the participation of young women in public policymaking processes and empower women parliamentarian caucuses in order to better influence policymaking.