Abdelbagi jets in New York for UN General Assembly

Abdelbagi jets in New York for UN General Assembly

The Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi, led a government delegation to the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York to represent President Salva Kiir.

The UNGA is expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including political uncertainties, energy crises, climate change, the COVID-19 Pandemic and transforming education. The event will be marked under the theme “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.”

“Between 22 and 23 September 2022, I will deliver my speech on behalf of President Salva Kiir Mayardit regarding climate change as well as the implementation of the revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan,” Abdelbagi said on his Facebook page.

He noted that the delegation would have a meeting on the sidelines where they would meet partners in a bid to find solutions to the humanitarian situation and economic crisis.

The government delegation includes Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Awut Deng Achuil, Josephine Napwon Cosmos, Yolanda Awel Deng, Stephen Par Kuol, Deng Dau Deng, Lily Albino Akol, Agok Makur, Emmanuel Adil Anthony, and Denay Jock Chagor.

In August 2022, during the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), held in Tunisia, Abdelbagi called on the United Nations to lift the arms embargo so that investors could invest freely in South Sudan.

He briefed world leaders on the newly announced roadmap for the extension of the transitional period by 24 months till February 22, 2025, and the holding of free, fair, credible, and democratic elections in December 2024.

“I call for the lifting of the arms embargo and sanctions imposed on individuals to encourage investors to invest in South Sudan as the country looks forward to improving its public and private sectors,” he said.

Earlier this month, the government of South Sudan graduated the first batch of necessary unified forces, a milestone since the signing of the revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan in 2018.

Other forces are due to be graduated soon. However, the government has been saying that a lack of proper weapons would affect the work of the graduated forces.

The EU, and Troika demanded the government to provide proper logistics to the graduated forces so that they could discharge their duties well.

Another issue of concern was the salary of the unified forces, which was stressed by many speakers during the graduation ceremony that it should be increased.

The government is currently aiming to increase the salaries of all the civil servants across the country so that they can deliver maximum services.