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UNRIC Library Backgrounder: South Sudan

UN Entities

    • Beyond conflict: Building a strong future for South Sudan (December 2016): https://bit.ly/2l7qX48
    • Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Conflict in South Sudan: A Call to Action
      (UNDP, South Sudan Country Office, August 2016): https://bit.ly/2ct5h03

 

 

Selected UN Documents

  • S/2020/536 (15 June 2020): Situation in South Sudan: report of the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/S/2020/536
    Submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2514 (2020); covers political and security developments between 16 Feb.-31 May 2020, the humanitarian and human rights situation and progress made in the implementation of the Mission’s mandate. Includes UN map no. 4456 Rev.44: UNMISS June 2020 (June 2020).

  • E/2020/65 (11 June 2020): Implementation of integrated, coherent and coordinated support to South Sudan and the Sahel region by the United Nations system: report of the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/E/2020/65
    Prepared pursuant to Economic and Social Council decision 2019/251 and resolution 2020/2; 8th report submitted to the Council since South Sudan’s independence in 2011.

  • S/RES/2521 (2020): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2521(2020)
    on renewal of sanctions imposed by Security Council resolution 2428 (2018) and extension of the mandate of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan until 1 July 2021
  • S/RES/2519 (2020): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2519(2020)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Nov. 2020
  • S/2020/342 (28 April 2020): Letter dated 28 April 2020 from the Panel of Experts on South Sudan addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2020/342
    Final report of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan submitted pursuant to resolution 2471 (2019)

  • S/2020/308 (16 April 2020): The situation in Abyei: report of the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/S/2020/308
    Submitted pursuant to para. 33 of Security Council resolution 2497 (2019); covers the period since the previous report (S/2019/817), from 16 Oct. 2019-15 Apr. 2020.

  • S/RES/2514 (2020): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2514(2020)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 Mar. 2021
  • S/2020/112 (10 February 2020): Letter dated 7 February 2020 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2020/112
    Transmits progress report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2497 (2019).
  • A/HRC/43/56 (31 January 2020): Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/43/56
    Submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 40/19. Focuses on establishing the facts and circumstances of incidents occurring between the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan in Sept. 2018, and Dec. 2019. Annexes (p. 22-58): 1. Maps — 2. Additional findings — 3. Applicable law — 4. Armed State actors (command structures) — 5. Armed non-state actors (estimated deployment until 31 Dec. 2019). Annexes in English only.
  • S/2019/967 (19 December 2020): Letter dated 17 December 2019 from the Chair of the Security Council Committee Established pursuant to Resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2019/967
    Transmits report of the Committee’s activities for 2019.
  • S/RES/2497 (2019): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2497(2019)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May 2020
  • S/RES/2492 (2019): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2492(2019)
    on extension of the mandate modification of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Nov. 2019
  • S/2019/741 (12 September 2019): Future planning for the protection of civilians sites in South Sudan: report of the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/S/2019/741
    Submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2459 (2019).  Includes UN map no. 4456 Rev.41: UNMISS September 2019 (Sept. 2019).
  • S/RES/2471 (2019): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2471(2019)
    on renewal of sanctions imposed by Security Council resolutions 2206 (2015) and 2428 (2018) and extension of the mandate of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan until 30 June 2020
  • S/RES/2465 (2019): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2465(2019)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Oct. 2019
  • S/RES/2459 (2019): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2459(2019)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 Mar. 2020
  • A/HRC/RES/40/19: Situation of human rights in South Sudan : resolution / adopted by the Human Rights Council on 22 March 2019: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/RES/40/19
  • S/2019/232 (13 March 2019): Letter dated 11 March 2019 from the Permanent Representatives of Germany, Peru and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/S/2019/232
    Transmits summary of the meeting of the Security Council Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security on South Sudan, held on 28 Feb. 2019.
  • A/HRC/40/69 (12 March 2019): Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/40/69
    Submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 37/31. Provides an overview of the human rights situation in South Sudan and critical developments that occurred in 2018.
  • A/HRC/40/CRP.1 (21 February 2019): Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: https://undocs.org/A/HRC/40/CRP.1
    The information contained in this document should be read in conjunction with the report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (A/HRC/40/69). Annex: List of acronyms and abbreviations: p. 207-211.
  • S/2019/191 (28 February 2019): Report of the Secretary-General on South Sudan (covering the period from 1 December [2018] to 26 February 2019): http://undocs.org/S/2019/191
    Includes UN map no. 4456 Rev.37: UNMISS March 2019 (Mar. 2019). Submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2406 (2018).

  • S/2019/110 (7 February 2019): Letter dated 4 February 2019 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2019/110
    Transmits letter dated 18 Jan. 2019 from the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Commission forwarding a communiqué on the situation in South Sudan, adopted by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union at its 820th meeting, held in Addis Ababa, 20 and 24 Dec. 2018.
  • S/2018/1123 (31 December 2018): Letter dated 27 December 2018 from the Chair of the Security Council Committee Established pursuant to Resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2018/1123
    Transmits report of the Committee’s activities for 2018.
  • S/AC.51/2018/3 (18 December 2018): Conclusions on children and armed conflict in South Sudan: Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict: http://undocs.org/S/AC.51/2018/3
    “Annex: Statement by the Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations to the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict”: p. 10.
  • S/RES/2445 (2018): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2445(2018)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May 2019
  • S/2018/865 (25 September 2018): Children and armed conflict in South Sudan: report of the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/S/2018/865
    Submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1612 (2005) and subsequent resolutions; describes trends and patterns of grave violations committed against children since the previous report (S/2014/884); covers the period between 1 Oct. 2014-30 June 2018.
  • S/RES/2428 (2018): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2428(2018)
    The Security Council decided to extend its sanctions regime in South Sudan and impose a travel ban and assets freeze on two high-ranking individuals.
  • S/2018/641 (27 June 2018): Letter dated 27 June 2018 from the Permanent Representative of the Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2018/641
    Transmits the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement between Parties of the Conflict of South Sudan, signed on 27 June 2018.
  • S/RES/2418 (2018): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2418(2018)
    on renewal of sanctions imposed by Security Council resolution 2206 (2015) and extension of the mandate of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan until 14 Aug. 2018
  • S/RES/2416 (2018): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2416(2018)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Nov. 2018
  • S/RES/2412 (2018): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2412(2018)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Oct. 2018
  • S/RES/2411 (2018): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2411(2018)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 23 Apr. 2018
  • S/2018/264 (27 March 2018): Letter dated 22 March 2018 from the Permanent Representative of the Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2018/264
    Transmits decisions of the extraordinary meeting of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism between Sudan and South Sudan, held in Addis Ababa, 5 Mar. 2018.
  • S/RES/2406 (2018): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2406(2018)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 Mar. 2019
  • A/HRC/37/71 (13 March 2018): Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/37/71
  • A/HRC/37/CRP.2 (6 March 2018): Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/
    Session37/Documents/A_HRC_37_CRP_2.docx

    “The information contained in this document should be read in conjunction with the report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (A/HRC/37/71)”.
  • S/2018/143 (20 February 2018): Special report of the Secretary-General on the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/S/2018/143
  • S/2017/1093 (29 December 2017): Letter dated 5 December 2017 from the Chair of the Security Council Committee Established pursuant to Resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2017/1093
    Transmits report of the Committee’s activities for 2017.
  • S/RES/2392 (2017): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2392(2017)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 Mar. 2018
  • S/RES/2386 (2017): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2386(2017)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May 2018
  • S/2017/804 (26 September 2017): Identical notes verbales dated 23 September 2017 from the Permanent Mission of the Sudan to the Secretary-General and the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2017/804
    Transmits letter co-signed by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Sudan and South Sudan concerning the situation in Abyei.
  • S/RES/2353 (2017): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2353(2017)
    on renewal of measures on travel and finance against South Sudan until 31 May 2018 and extension of the mandate of the Panel of Experts until 30 June 2018
  • S/RES/2352 (2017): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2352(2017)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Nov. 2017
  • S/2017/328 (17 April 2017): Letter dated 17 April 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2017/328 Summarizes the achievements of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and of the Secretariat in implementing the recommendations of the Independent Special Investigation to review the actions of UNMISS in response to violence in Juba, 8-11 July 2016.
  • A/HRC/34/63 (6 March 2017): Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/34/63
    Submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 31/20, covers the period from July 2016 to February 2017.
  • S/2016/1124 (30 December 2016): Letter dated 29 December 2016 from the Chair of the Security Council Committee Established pursuant to Resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/124
    Transmits report of the Committee’s activities for 2016.
  • S/2016/1085 (23 December 2016): Draft resolution / United States of America: http://undocs.org/S/2016/1085
    The draft resolution was not adopted having failed to obtain the required number of votes (S/PV.7850).
  • S/RES/2327 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2327(2016)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 Dec. 2017
  • S/RES/2326 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2326(2016)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 16 Dec. 2016
  • S/2016/933 (7 December 2016): Note verbale dated 4 November 2016 from the Permanent Mission of South Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/933
    Transmits official report of the Investigation Committee on the Terrain Hotel incident of 11 July 2016.
  • S/2016/1007 (30 November 2016): Note verbale dated 30 November 2016 from the Permanent Mission of South Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/1007
    Transmits final position on the implementation of the joint Transitional Government of National Unity-Security Council communiqué of 4 Sep. 2016 concerning the deployment of the regional protection force.
  • S/2016/971 (16 November 2016): Note verbale dated 16 November 2016 from the Permanent Mission of South Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/971
    Transmits agreement on the implementation of the joint Transitional Government of National Unity-Security Council communiqué of 4 Sep. 2016 concerning the deployment of the regional protection force.
  • S/RES/2318 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2318(2016)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May 2017
  • S/2016/951 (10 November 2016): Special report of the Secretary-General on the review of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/S/2016/951
    Submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2304 (2016).
  • S/2016/924 (1 November 2016): Letter dated 1 November 2016 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/924
    Transmits summary of the Independent Special Investigation to review the actions of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan in response to violence in Juba, 8-25 July 2016.
  • S/2016/884 (24 October 2016): Note verbale dated 20 October 2016 from the Permanent Mission of South Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/884
    Transmits documents from the Government related to the implementation of the joint Security Council-Transitional Government of National Unity communiqué of 4 Sept. 2016 (S/2016/776) and Security Council resolution 2304 (2016).
  • S/2016/868 (19 October 2016): Letter dated 14 October 2016 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/868
    Transmits communiqué on the situation in South Sudan, adopted by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union at its 626th meeting, held on 19 Sept. 2016.
  • S/2016/793 (19 September 2016): Letter dated 19 September 2016 from the Panel of Experts on South Sudan Established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2206 (2015) addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/793 Annexes (p. 16-20): 1. Violence in Juba in July 2016 — 2. Map of Juba — 3. Command and control within the parties to the transitional government — 4. L-39 at Malakal Airport, 31 August 2016 — 5. Confidential annex. “Owing to its confidential nature, annex V was circulated separately and is not included in the present document.” Transmits the 120-day report of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan, in accordance with paragraph 12 (e) of Security Council resolution 2290 (2016).
  • S/2016/776 (13 September 2016): Letter dated 7 September 2016 from the Permanent Representatives of Senegal and the United States of America to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/776
    Transmits joint communiqué by the transitional government of National Unity of South Sudan and the members of the Security Council on the implementation the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict.
  • S/2016/699 (12 August 2016): Letter dated 11 August 2016 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/699
    Transmits communiqué on the situation in South Sudan adopted by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union at its 616th meeting, held on 11 Aug. 2016.
  • S/RES/2304 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2304(2016)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 Dec. 2016
  • S/RES/2302 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2302(2016)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 12 Aug. 2016
  • S/RES/2290 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2290(2016)
    on renewal of sanctions imposed by Security Council resolution 2206 (2015) and the extension of the mandate of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan until 1 July 2017
  • S/RES/2287 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2290(2016)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Nov. 2016
  • A/HRC/31/49 (22 April 2016): Assessment Mission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to Improve Human Rights, Accountability, Reconciliation and Capacity in South Sudan: report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/31/49
  • S/RES/2280 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2280(2016)
    on extension of the mandate of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan Established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2206 (2015) until 1 July 2016.
  • S/2016/328 (7 April 2016):  Report of the Secretary-General on technical assistance provided to the African Union Commission and the Transitional Government of National Unity for the implementation of chapter V of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan: http://undocs.org/S/2016/328
    Submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2241 (2015).
  • A/HRC/31/CRP.6 (10 March 2016): Assessment Mission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to Improve Human Rights, Accountability, Reconciliation and Capacity in South Sudan : detailed findings: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session31/Documents/A-HRC-31-CRP-6_en.doc
    Annexes (p. 91-102): 1. Terms of reference — 2. Chronology of “accountability” commitments made by the parties — 3. Maps of South Sudan. To be read in conjunction with the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Assessment Mission (AHRC/31/49).
  • S/RES/2271 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2271(2016)
    on renewal of sanctions until 15 Apr. 2016 and extension of the mandate of the UN Panel of Experts Established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2206 (2015) on South Sudan until 15 May 2016
  • S/RES/2252 (2015): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2252(2015)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) until 31 July 2016
  • S/RES/2251 (2015): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2251(2015)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May 2016
  • S/2015/899 (23 November 2015): Special report of the Secretary-General on the review of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/S/2015/899
  • S/RES/2241 (2015): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2241(2015)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 Dec. 2015
  • S/2015/654 (19 August 2015): Letter dated 19 August 2015 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the United States Mission to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2015/654
    Transmits the text of the Agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, signed on 17 Aug. 2015 by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/SPLA-IO) and the Former Detainees in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • S/RES/2230 (2015): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2230(2015)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 Dec. 2015
  • S/RES/2223 (2015): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2223(2015)
    on extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 30 Nov. 2015
  • S/AC.51/2015/1 (12 May 2015): Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict: Conclusions on Children and Armed Conflict in South Sudan: http://undocs.org/S/AC.51/2015/1
  • S/2015/287 (27 April 2015): Letter dated 27 April 2015 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2015/287
    Refers to Security Council resolution 2206 (2015) to create a Panel of Experts on South Sudan and informs the Secretary-General’s appointment of experts to the Panel for an initial period of 13 months.

 

 

Selected Statements and Speeches by UN Officials

 

Selected Articles in UN Journals

 

 

Background Information

 

 

Further Information

  • UN Member States on the Record: South Sudan
    https://library.un.org/unms?combine=south+sudan
    key documents related to its membership in the UN; statements made before the principal organs; draft resolutions sponsored; periodic reports submitted on Human Rights conventions, etc.

 

Non-UN Sources

 

9 July 2020
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Independence of South Sudan & Admission to UN Membership

 

UN welcomes South Sudan as 193rd Member State (14 July 2011)
https://news.un.org/en/story/2011/07/381552

 

Selected UN Documents

  • A/RES/65/308: Admission of the Republic of South Sudan to membership in the United Nations: http://undocs.org/A/RES/65/308
  • S/RES/1999 (2001) [recommends to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted to membership in the United Nation]: http://undocs.org/A/RES/1999(2001)
  • S/PRST/2011/14 (13 July 2011): Statement by the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/PRST/2011/14
  • S/PV.6582 (13 July 2011): Admission of new members: http://undocs.org/S/PV.6582
  • S/2011/420 (11 July 2011): Report of the Committee on the Admission of New Members concerning the application of the Republic of South Sudan for admission to membership in the United Nations: http://undocs.org/S/2011/420
  • A/65/900 – S/2011/418 (9 July 2011): Application of the Republic of South Sudan for admission to membership in the United Nations: note / by the Secretary-General http://undocs.org/S/2011/418

 

 

Selected Statements, Speeches and Op-eds by UN Officials

 

Background Information

 

Further Information

 

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