Closure of UNMIS
UNMIS wound up its operations on 9 July 2011 with the completion of the interim period agreed on by the Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed on 9 January 2005.
The mission ended its six years of mandated operations the same day South Sudan declared independence, following a CPA-provided referendum on 9 January 2011 that voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession.
In support of the new nation, the Security Council established a successor mission to UNMIS – the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – on 9 July for an initial period of one year, with the intention to renew for further periods as required.
16 Sep 2010
15 September 2010 - The newly created Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) Ministry of Environment hosted a two-day public consultative workshop for stakeholders to review the Environmental Policy and Protection Bill 2010.
The 130 participants, who were drawn from various GoSS ministries and offices, are expected to make recommendations on the bill before it is tabled in the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly.
Opening the workshop, the GoSS Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny congratulated the new ministry for coming up with the draft bill in a timely fashion and for organising a forum to seek the views of stakeholders.
The bill is envisioned as the legislative expression of the Southern Sudan National Environmental Policy that would ensure the protection and conservation of Southern Sudan's environment and sustainable management of its renewable natural resources.
Some of the key sectors it would regulate include fisheries, forestry, wildlife and tourism, agriculture, livestock, oil, industry and trade, energy and mining, transport and roads, human settlement, health, water supply and sanitation.
The vice president said that environment protection should be included in the Southern Sudanese education curriculum in order to instruct schoolchildren on the importance of environmental protection.
The GoSS Minister for Environment Isaac Awan Maper acknowledged that government efforts to protect the environment have fallen short in the last five years.
Once passed into law, the bill will cement the commitment of the GoSS to safeguard the environment at the national, state, payam and boma levels, Minister Awan said.
"To ensure sound management of the environment, the Southern Sudan National Environment Policy suggests creation of a new institution called the Southern Sudan Environmental Management Agency," said the minister, who described the proposed agency as a policy-making and coordination body.