South Sudan

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

South Sudan is one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, and violent conflict continues to occur.  The United Nations plays an important role in the protection of civilians, peace-making and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid.

UNMISS was established in 2011 to consolidate peace and security and enable the newly-established Government of South Sudan to assume its functions.  The mandate of the mission has since shifted to focus on the protection of civilians.  Prior to South Sudan’s independence and the creation of UNMISS; New Zealand contributed personnel to the United Nations Mission in Sudan from 2005 to 2011. Our participation in UNMISS contributes to our collective security responsibilities, addresses humanitarian concerns, and provides a small but tangible demonstration of New Zealand’s commitment to peace and security in Africa.

The New Zealand Defence Force currently contributes five personnel to the Mission, including a staff officer in Mission Headquarters, two military liaison officers, the Military Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and the Chief of Staff. These people are based in Juba, Yambio and Malakal. In February 2018, Cabinet approved New Zealand filling the Chief of Staff position, which is a key leadership position in the mission.

The mandate for the deployment of the military liaison officers and staff officer expires in November 2018. The Chief of Staff deployment is for 12 months from May 2018 to April 2019. The mandate for the Military Advisor expires in July 2020.

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This page was last reviewed on 22 May 2018, and is current.