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Keynote Speech of Hon. Deng D. Yai at the Ministerial Exchange C – How does Education contribute to peace and security? 

The Education World Forum 2018, London, United Kingdom, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,


Deng Deng Hoc, South Sudan minister for Education

January 24, 2018 (SSB) — I am very delighted to speak here at the Education World Forum 2018. I thank all those who sponsored the Forum. I also thank the Forum for the invitation and the opportunity.

How does education contribute to peace and security? This is an important question and this the Ministerial Exchange is a golden opportunity to provide answers. And we have good news and bad news!

The bad news is we have witnessed too many wars, conflict and acts of violence. We have lost too many human lives too often and in too many different parts of the world. We have destroyed our Planet and caused climate change and climate change is destroying too many lives and livelihoods. We have become, to borrow the words of HRH Prince Charles, “architects of our own destruction”. It is a great human tragedy. That’s really bad news!



This address was delivered by IGAD Special Envoy Gen. Lazaro Sumbeiywo, in the absence of Mesfin, who was not able to attend the opening session.

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December 19, 2017 (SSB) —- Distinguished delegates of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan; Distinguished delegates of the SPLM/SPLA (In Opposition); Distinguished delegates of the SPLM Leaders (Former Detainees);

Distinguished Eminent Personalities,Distinguished representatives of Civil Society, the Faith-based institutions; and the women’s bloc; Distinguished representatives of the AU, UN, Troika, EU, China and diplomatic community; Excellencies, my Colleagues the IGAD Special Envoys, members of the secretariat, and members of the media; Ladies and gentlemen;

Welcome once more to Addis Ababa, and to what I hope will be a productive and intense session of negotiations. I make the following remarks on behalf of Amb. Seyoum Mesfin, who is not with us here today but will be returning to Addis Ababa in a few days’ time.


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Red carpet, Bashir and Kiir in Khartoum, November 1, 2017

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — “…Your Excellency, my coming to Khartoum today in response to your [Omar al Bashir] invitation is to put a final decision on all the agreements that we have been signing starting from 2012, up-to this moment.

I believe that with this team that has come here, what have been discussed will all be implemented. And I take the responsibility to be the supervisor of my team to ensure whatever has been agreed upon must be done. This is in response to the goodwill that you have shown. We have no other better choices.

The fact that South Sudan broke away from Sudan was not really the most choice of everybody, but when the majority decide in a democratic situation, people have to go with it. Again, whatever problems that happened in 2013, were uncalled for, and we would want to put them to an end.

We have listened to your voice of advice that we should not allow any political groupings to be harbored by South Sudanese against the government of the Republic of Sudan. We will not do that. I believe that the same will not happen here, because this is where South Sudanese have run to; they have run to Sudan in great numbers and other country that is hosting a great number of South Sudanese is the Republic of Uganda. But all of these, we believe that we will bring them back to our country so that we solve our problems once and for all.

I thank you for your hospitality your Excellency, and that we will work together- as I said -I will be the supervisor of whatever agreements that we have reached here. I will supervise it, and all the ministers will have to be pushed ahead of me so that they do what is wanted of them.”

Speech of the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayaardit, on the 6th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan


“Fellow Citizens, Ladies and Gentlemen,

July 9, 2017 (SSB) —- I am privileged and pleased to address you today, the 9th of July 2017, to recognize the 6th Anniversary of the Independence of our Country; the Republic of South Sudan. Of course our independence day is the most important, historical, and costly event of our lifetime. Millions of our beloved people lost their precious lives in order for us to enjoy the freedom and independence we have today.

I, therefore, wish to salute and congratulate the people of South Sudan, for their sacrifices without which we would never have achieved our independence.

As your President, it is also my humble honour to pay tribute to our late leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, and all the brave men and women of this great land whose martyrdom bestowed upon us the independence of our country.


This is a speech I delivered during an event that took place on 10/6/2017, in Melbourne, Australia

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

May 16th: Celebrating the Founding of the SPLM/SPLA

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The saying of a Chinese philosopher goes like this: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The step of the liberation journey that eventually led to the independence of South Sudan was marked when Late Major Kerubino Kwanyin Bol who commanded Battalion 105 launched an assault on Government troops in Bor in 16th May 1983.

That Civil war ended on 9th January 2005.  The time span of 1983 up to 2005 was a long time.  That war caused the death of two million people.  That was a high price to pay in exchange for your freedom and my freedom.  That was a high price to pay for the freedom of our children and our children’s children.

Freedom does not come easily; freedom comes following the shedding of the blood.  Freedom, brothers and sisters, comes when a price is paid.  Our brother Malcolm X once said, “The price of freedom is death.”  Major Kerubino Kwanyin paid the ultimate price, so did the rebel movement leader, Dr John Garang De Mabior, so did Commander William Nyuon Bany, so did many more heroes and heroines. They paid the price so that we may all be free.


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Chelsea Clinton, the Vice President for Clinton’s foundation presenting the Voices of Courage Award to Malual Bol Kiir

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — The 2017 Voices of Courage award has been awarded to Malual Bol Kir, Malual who is the founder of the African Youth Action Network (AYAN), a NGO that helps the refugees and bring the youth together to reach their top potential and work together as agents of peace and positive change

Since 2015, AYAN has been working with UNHCR to reach out to other NGOs and help to bridge the gap between national youth and the youth from the refugee communities, and recruit other young people to work together as agents of peace and conflict prevention. So far AYAN has reached to over 2000 youth from the communities.

At the age of 23, Malual spent most of his youth amid war, witnessing an array conflict, massacre and of human rights abuses in south Sudan. What he believes inspires him to work for peace and refugees.


President Salva Kiir Mayardit today briefed the public on the Removal of General Paul Malong Awan from his Position as Chief of General Staff of the SPLA

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My Fellow citizens, ladies and gentleman

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — On Tuesday, May 9th, I issued Republican Decree No. 76/2017 for the relief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army Chief of General Staff, General Paul Malong Awan. I also Issued Republican Decree No. 77/2017 appointing General James Ajongo Mawut as His successor.

Since the inception of our liberation movement, we have had six army Chiefs of General Staff that have served the SPLA. It is a routine procedure for the commander in chief to make changes to the national army based on the current needs. I take this opportunity to wish the new chief of Staff, General James Ajonga success in his new assignment.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to commend General Paul Malong Awan for his valiant service to the people of South Sudan in a number of important roles. He dedicated his life to the liberation of South Sudan and remains, as one of our most senior generals and his vast experience in necessary as we continue to develop our country.


Remarks at a Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

Ambassador Nikki Haley

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

U.S. Mission to the United Nations

New York City

April 25, 2017

Prof Majok Kelei stands next to UNMISS chief at Council of ministers in Bor picture by Mach Samuel

Prof Majok Kelei of Dr. John Garang University stands next to UNMISS chief at Council of ministers in Bor, picture by Mach Samuel


April 26, 2017 (SSB) — I want to thank Mr. Shearer for his briefings. I’d like to thank the leadership of Ambassador Seck and the briefings of Ambassador Ciss that you gave us today.

The BBC recently ran a report with a headline that asked the question, “Why are there still famines?” It’s a good question. The United Nations has declared that we are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II due to famine in Africa and Yemen. Twenty million people are at risk for starvation. In South Sudan, five and a half million face life-threatening hunger if nothing changes soon. That’s fully half the population of this young and troubled country. How can so many people be facing starvation given the technological and humanitarian capabilities we have today?





February 26, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, Ato Haile Merriam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hon Ministers, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Please allow me to extend my warm deep appreciation and gratitude for the kind invitation for me and my delegation to visit Ethiopia and hold talks with the leadership of this country.

The 8 Agreements or/and Memoranda of Understanding which we signed this morning will go a long way in further strengthening our bilateral relations. These relations are already excellent but our ambition is to take them to a level where the ordinary citizens in our two sisterly countries will feel and practically benefit from the improvement of our two economies and thus lift the standard of livelihood of our people.


The Speech of President Kiir, during the opening of the national assembly, 21 February 2017 (PDF)

Special Envoy Donald Booth at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

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January 24, 2017 (SSB) — Thank you all for joining us today. Ambassador Lyman, thank you for agreeing to moderate. I will start by saying that, if there is one thing I am going to take away from my time as the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, it is the depth of interest and involvement in the Sudans on the part of so many people here in the United States. Sudan and South Sudan are distant, complex places – and yet all of you know and care so much about them and their people. You help inform and animate U.S. policy. We have not always agreed, but I can say confidently that our role in the Sudans would be much diminished without the rich debate resulting from your engagement. I thank you.

I am grateful for this opportunity to offer some reflections as I step down as Special Envoy. Since I took this job in August 2013, a tremendous amount has happened in Sudan and South Sudan – more than I will be able to review today. Let me begin with South Sudan.


President Donald Trump Inaugural Address

Posted: January 21, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Speeches

Obama’s Statement on US Recognition of the Republic of South Sudan, July 9, 2011.

January 20, 2017 (SSB) — Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.


Statement of H.E. James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, during Bamako Partnership, Peace, and Emergence Summit at the International Conference Hall, Mali- Bamako- January 14, 2017

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January 15, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency the Chair of the Summit, Your Excellencies the Heads of State and Governments, Ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you all cordial greetings from my President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the entire people of South Sudan.

On Partnership

Partnership among and between African countries is manifested by current efforts on regional and inter-regional economic integration schemes. More prominent is the partnership between Africa and the rest of the world in the fields of security and economic growth bearing in mind the sustainable development Agenda 2030. Indeed, Pan-Africanism informs us to work together in robust partnerships.

It is strongly recommended that we take more determined steps to further strengthen our bargaining influence as a single gigantic region. Case in point is the need to solicit funds for projects that promote regional and continental integration. We must take advantage of the greatest economic leaps humanity has achieved in the last half century.

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January 11, 2017 (SSB) — President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, ladies and gentlemen. We have been in a brief meeting with His Excellency President Al Sisi to brief him about our situation is South Sudan. And before that, all of us when we come here from South Sudan, we come to our second home and this is how we find ourselves.

We are always here as citizens, and not as guests, and so we have a range of things that we have discussed with His Excellency for the implementation of the peace agreement, you know, there have been ups and downs since we signed the agreement in August 2015.

Dr. Machar never turned up again to go to Juba up to April 2015, and when he went to Juba, he made sure that he goes with the force, and that force was facilitated by people who are anti-peace, and pretend to be the peace makers.

Riek Machar went to Juba and he wanted to formed a parallel government where he will have his own cabinet outside the cabinet of the national government, this is how we have been working from April up to July.


President Salva Kiir: “I am deeply concerned about the direction our country is heading to: tribal hatred and divisions. I am deeply concerned about the parents who cannot feed their children due to the shrinking economy. I am deeply concerned about the street children and all the citizens of this country. We shall work to preserve and protect the unity of our people. As your President, I will not allow this suffering to continue. I shall be the patron of the NATIONAL DIALOGUE. We fought for the unity of this country but not to tear it apart. We shall guarantee its unity. Let us embrace the unity. I am initiating the national dialogue. It has been the hallmark of the Liberation struggle. The cases in point are the rejoining of the Movement by Dr Riek in 2002 and Dr Lam in 2003. The amicable resolution of Yei 2004 crisis in Rumbek and the 2006 Juba Declaration with the Late Gen Paulino Matip. I ask all the people of South Sudan to forgive me for any mistakes I might have committed. Fellow citizens, I call upon all of you to stop any propaganda against the international community, especially the American people and the United Nations. I likewise urge the international community in spirit of national dialogue, to also cease any negative propaganda against the people and the government of the Republic of South Sudan.” The National Committee of Imminent Personalities will be constituted to head the National Dialogue Initiative in South Sudan. ~~~~~~President Salva Kiir’s national address to the national legislative assembly in Juba, South Sudan, on the 14th of December, 2016.

President Kiir’s Address to the Nation: The Call for National Dialogue Initiative in South Sudan (PDF)


A very rare and honest concession speech by the outgoing President John Mahama of Ghana after he was defeated in a presidential election by the opposition leader, President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party


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December 11, 2016 (SSB) — “Good evening, my fellow countrymen and women. A few minutes ago, I made the most difficult phone call I have made, and may ever make, in my life: I called President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party to congratulate him on his well-fought and well-deserved victory in Wednesday’s election. The win has been emphatic. If anybody has reason to doubt the presidential results, the sheer magnitude of the defeat, which our parliamentary candidates have suffered, is the clearest indication that we have outlived our welcome.

Telling the world that I would graciously accept the outcome of the election was one thing, but confronting the stark reality of an electoral defeat is another harrowing experience altogether. But I had no option. The people of Ghana have said emphatically that they are taking away the power they gave to me four years ago, and I have no power to say no. Besides, I love the country that has given me the opportunity to serve in various capacities for nearly two decades and I will not do anything to undermine our democracy or threaten the peace we enjoy.



H.E. James Wani Igga, The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan;

Honorable Ministers;

Honorable Ambassadors;

Professor Nega Abraham,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;

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  1. I want to commend the conveners of this workshop for bringing together H.E., the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, key Ministers, international partners and international academics to discuss the impact of peace on economic progress.

  1. The theme of this workshop is what the comprehensive peace agreement is all about—building institutions for sustainable security in the country as well as building institutions for effective management of the economy and public finances.

  1. South Sudan is in the throes of a deep economic crisis, the roots of which lie in a protracted war and previously poor fiscal and economic management. The economic situation interacts directly with the security situation. Security is a pre-requisite for a stable economy which in turn is a prerequisite for peace, development and prosperity. For any economic progress to occur, the security situation must be stabilized.


Full Text of the Opening Remarks by JMEC Deputy Chairman, H.E. Ambassador Lieutenant General Augostino Njoroge, during the cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

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November 17, 2016 (SSB) — “Lieutenant General James Ajongo, Chair of the JMCC, Distinguished Generals, Diplomatic Representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen. “It is my honor to welcome you to this workshop, and thank Lt. Gen. James Ajongo for asking JMEC to support this JMCC initiative.

“JMEC appreciates the opportunity to support this Cantonment workshop and the efforts of the JMCC, partners and other participants over the next two days in order to share and gain insights and knowledge into the Cantonment process, the general plan of action for initial cantonment operations, and how cantonment will likely transition into the DDR process in the coming months.  The work of the JMCC today and in the future is critical, and it is constituted by Chapter II, Article 3.3 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), and as such, JMCC is responsible for oversight and coordination of the cantonment process, as well as the return to barracks by the SPLA-IG.


Ethiopian PM, Haile Mariam Desalegn, Addresses South Sudan National Legislative Assembly during one-day visit to Juba

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October 28, 2016 (SSB) — “Today, we still continue to stand with people of South Sudan as they move forward towards the implementation of the peace agreement and consolidation stability in their own country. Ethiopia rejects the path of war and armed resistance in any forms and stands with those who have chosen peaceful engagement.

“We will not support an armed struggling group or anyone who opts for path of war and therefore we will not allow any armed movement which is detracting from peace in our region both in Ethiopia and South Sudan and will cooperate in a strong army-to-army cooperation where the president has agreed to send his chief of staff quickly to Addis Ababa and they will agree on the common cooperation of making our borders and also inland secure.

“We also agreed on protection of investment and promotion of investment in our two countries where South Sudanese investors can freely invest in Ethiopia and equally also Ethiopian investors can invest in South Sudan.”

President Kiir: “We have discussed very important issues and especially the bilateral issues and we have signed several MoUs and these are things to be implemented. We have agreed on security issues that we will not allow any negative force to use our territory to launch hostile activities on the other.”

“The road will be open so that Ethiopian goods come here by land. Instead of going far places to buy oil, they will get it from South Sudan, especially now that we are going to build our refinery.”

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Opening statement by US Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Molly McPhee, during the plenary meeting of the Joint Monitoring & Evaluation Commission, 19 October 2016, Juba, South Sudan


Molly McPhee, US Ambassador to South Sudan

October 23, 2016 (SSB) — The United States welcomes the convening of this plenary session, and endorses the Chairman’s balanced and constructive statement. The events of July, and the subsequent deterioration in the country triggered by the fighting, is deeply distressing to old friends of South Sudan like the United States.

I am not sure it is possible for me to fully express the profound disappointment and loss of confidence felt by the leaders and people of my country. Frustration with the poor decisions that culminated in the battles of July and despair at the appalling aftermath have deeply shaken our bilateral relationship.

We do not believe the violence that erupted last July was inevitable. The leaders of both the government and the armed opposition failed to seize the opportunity offered by the peace agreement to put down their weapons and resume the task of building this young country, a vital task that was first disrupted in 2013. Many of us in this room worked very hard to create the conditions for a second chance, for a new start. We now share in the disappointment felt by the people of South Sudan.