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Hundreds Attend a star-studded Event to Mark the World UN Day

Students sang in anticipation of peace descending on South Sudan in an informative and star-studded public event bringing together the United Nations family in South Sudan.

The Event was to mark 74 years of existence of the global body, with revelers in the capital Juba gathering to learn about the activities of the UN in their country and to promote peace in the world’s youngest nation.

Their hope and dream is for peace to become a reality.

Marking United Nations Day, legendary South Sudanese musicians like Neetah Beibe, Isaka Number One, and Emmanuel Kembe sang peace songs, with revelers dancing and singing along.

A number of key issues contained in the revitalized peace agreement remain outstanding, including decisions on states and boundaries and the reunification of security forces.

The Head of the UN in South Sudan David Shearer urged parties to accelerate their efforts to resolve these matters so that a new government can be formed.

“We know that 100 percent of the pre-transitional tasks will not be met in two weeks’ time. But that does not mean that we should sit back or give up. ...As always, the United Nations will be right alongside the parties working as an impartial partner in peace.” he said.

Speaking at the event, the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Deng Dau Deng, said people had suffered for too long and acknowledged the work of the UN as a partner in peace.

“Today is a day to appreciate the United Nations for tremendously continuing to maintain its four main purposes throughout the world. In the context of South Sudan, [the] United Nations has been actively engaged in supporting the restoration of peace in the country," said Deng.

The colorful event under the theme “Unity in Diversity” also saw various UN agencies exhibit their work at stalls to help people understand their activities to serve and support the people of South Sudan.

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Timothy Omondi