​COMMUNIQUE ON THE NATIONAL YOUTH AGENDA CONFERENCE

March 2018
We, the undersigned South Sudanese youth, representing civil society organizations, national youth organizations and political groups based in South Sudan and the diaspora, convened in Entebbe, Uganda from March 8-9, 2018 to deliberate on the ongoing High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and the longer-term youth agenda for peace.
Responding to the political crises that have resulted in massive loss of lives, untold suffering and dire humanitarian situations in our country, 
Recognizing the need and urgency for the youth to play a constructive role towards ending this conflict,
Outraged with the manner in which youth have been used as agents of violence,
Mindful of the long struggle for independence through which our people have endured, and the need for decisive action to save our country from further hardship and possible disintegration,
Deeply concerned with the divisions that cut through every sector of our society and the manner in which they have prevented us from coming together to resolve our problems in a spirit of togetherness and compromise,

Do hereby: 
1. Urge the parties to reach a dignified conclusion in the third phase of the HLRF that stops the violence and sets the stage for lasting peace and stability.

2. Demand that the parties to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) of December 21, 2017 fully adhere to its provisions, including the release of political detainees and prisoners of war.

3. Condemn violations of the COHA by the parties to the agreement.

4. Call on the parties to the HLRF to include youth representatives in their delegations to the third phase of the process.

5. Call on the parties to support their delegates and equip them to participate in the third phase of the process through the use of information technology.

6. Resolve that the youth not allow their interests to be compromised by the interests of their political parties or any other affiliations.

7. Commit ourselves to engage in a free, fair and inclusive national conversation on youth issues in relation to peace and development, and to work together on a National Youth Agenda and a National Youth Policy. 

8. Urge any transitional government that emerges from the HLRF process to ratify the African Youth Charter and other youth treaties in order to have fair representation and participation of youth at national, regional and international levels.

9. Urge the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU), opposition groups and regional and international bodies (IGAD, AU, and UN) to support youth programs with the adoption of necessary policies and adequate funding.

10. Demand that youth be represented by at least 35 percent in all institutions of governance in our country moving forward.

11. Urge that youth empowerment be prioritized in all economic and governance sectors.

12. Urge that a proper system of retirement and pension from government service be instituted as part of a comprehensive institutional reform process.

13. Demand that people with disabilities be represented in government.

14. Demand that constitutional and institutional reforms be made during the transitional period to make a clear separation of powers between the branches of government and to keep the military out of politics. 

15. Demand respect for the constitutional rights of citizens to freedom of speech, expression, association, assembly and access to information. 

 

Having outlined the above areas of consensus by the youth delegates from various organizations and political groups, we agree to pursue our collective objectives as youth through continuous consultation among ourselves and with our constituencies. 

Signatories:

 INSTITUTION REPRESENTATIVE SIGNATURE

1 Africa Okay Foundation

 Wani Michael 

2 African Youth Action Network (AYAN)

 Malual Bol Kiir 

3 Agency for Transformation and Development Christine Kide

 

4 Ana Taban Arts Initiative

 Mannaseh Mathiang 

5 Association of Facebookers, Tweeters, Bloggers of South Sudan (AFTABOSS) Internet’ional John Penn de Ngong 

6 Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ)

 Tito Anthony 

7 Institute for Social Policy and Research (ISPR)

 Alimure Ali 

8 International Youth for Africa (IYA)

 Ter Manyang Gatwech 

9 National Disabled Organization (NDO)

 Francis Aguek 

10 National Democratic Movement (NDM), Youth Representative Peter Lomude Francis 

11 National Salvation Front (NAS), Youth Representative Wazir Michael 

12 National Youth Dialogue Platform (NYDP)

 Soro Wilson 

13 National Youth Organization for Development (NYOD) John Angok Mawien 

14 Orphans and Homeless Children of South Sudan

 Martha Nyayiey Gatluak 

15 South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC), Youth Representative Oyella Sarah Ben 

16 South Sudan National Youth Union (SSNYU) Angelo Madut Agoth 

17 South Sudan Peace Coalition (PECOSS)

 Bakhita Angap 

18 South Sudan Young Leaders Forum (SSYLF)

 Joyce Abaha 

19 South Sudan Youth for Peace and Development Organization (SSYPADO) Augustino Deng 

20 Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Former Political Detainees (SPLM-FPDs), Youth Representative Samuel Maker Mading 

21 Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), Youth League Puot Kang Chuol 

22  TGoNU, SPLM-IO, Youth League Deng Gai Gatluak

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