Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
South Sudan (September 2014) The Council is expected to consider a report on the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as well as the situation generally. Returning from its recent trip to South Sudan, Council members should continue to ask specific questions regarding protection of displaced women and girls, including progress toward the establishment of a complaint mechanism for PSEA in PoC sites and displaced populations, and the participation of women in all decision-making processes- from formal peace processes to camp management committees. The UN estimates that the violence has claimed at least 10,000 civilian lives and left more than 1,300,000 displaced since mid-December with fewer than 10% residing in the protection of civilian (PoC) areas. As per SCR 2122 (2013), the Council should:
Respond to women’s protection concerns in new and old sites by insisting on improved lighting, and improved availability of basic hygienic supplies and comprehensive reproductive health services in camps.
Encourage the IGAD Special Envoys and key stakeholders to continue their commitment to stakeholder participation, particularly of women, in the ongoing political talks and in the formation of the transitional government of national unity;
Encourage the IGAD Special Envoys to ensure gender sensitization training is provided for all members of the Monitoring and Verification Teams and to mandate at least 50% of the community liaisons appointed to the Monitoring and Verification Teams are women;
Facilitate follow-up discussions with civil society organizations the Council met with during their August 2014 field mission to the region, particularly women-led organizations, who are calling for the equal and meaningful representation of women in political talks and on Monitoring and Verification Teams; and
Encourage the international community to support women’s mobilization and participation in peace processes through financial and technical support.
As per SCR 2155 (2014), the Council should:
Ensure UNMISS is adequately and appropriately resourced to implement its recently renewed mandate in an impartial, neutral, and gender sensitive manner;
Ensure UNMISS devises a plan to effectively provide protection to MVTs, per the renewed mandate, that considers the safety of citizens, especially women, in reporting violations of the CoH;
Encourage UNMISS to remain committed to the full and effective participation of women in decision-making processes at all levels from PoC management committees to the formal peacemaking process;
Urge UNMISS to strengthen its engagement with communities in a safe and respectful manner, specifically women, and take full measures to guarantee compliance with the UN zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse including through the immediate establishment of a complaints mechanism.