South Sudan creates Peace Ministry by Kirsten Pearson

04 July 2010

South Sudan creates Peace Ministry in new cabinet. Reuters Africa, JUBA Sudan, June 21 2010- South Sudan's president Salva Kiir on Monday named his new cabinet, creating a Ministry of Peace in the oil producing region.

For Immediate Release Cape Town, South Africa 24 June 2010
The Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace and the African Centre for Democracy and Governance are pleased to welcome South Sudan into the growing number of countries who have established a ministry or department of peace.

This link to the Reuters news item tells the story:

The Global Alliance is a worldwide coalition of civil society organizations, committed citizen, academics, lawmakers, religious leaders calling for the establishment of Ministries and Departments of Peace in governments worldwide.  It is represented in over 40 member countries.

With the addition of South Sudan, there are now four countries which have established Ministries of Peace.  In the Solomon Islands there is a Ministry of Reconciliation, Peace and National Unity; in Nepal a Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction; and in Costa Rica a Ministry of Justice and Peace.   Dr. Saul Arbess, Chair of the Global Alliance Leadership Council, reacting to that news said, “Here again we witness a region that has been wracked by violent conflict, like Nepal and the Solomon Islands before it, creates a ministry focused on peace and non-violence. Our hope is that other countries will follow Costa Rica’s example and create such ministers in times of peace.  "This historic move by the South Sudan government is an important milestone in the process of institutionalizing the culture of peace and will be definitely useful for a peaceful democratic reconstruction in that oil resource rich country, which has been subject to violent conflict for many years.  In the future, we expect to see many African countries follow the same direction, so as to have national peace infrastructures operating effectively in all countries.

In South Africa, the South African Peace Alliance is calling on the South African government to establish a ministry or department of peace.  It is envisaged that a South African Ministry of Peace, headed by a cabinet minister, will build a culture of peace, manage peacekeeping efforts, be involved in peace-building where there was once conflict, seek to achieve disarmament and convert military facilities to peaceful purposes, lead peace education and training; and ensure that we celebrate peace.

In South Africa:
Karen Barensché
Mobile: +27 (0)82 461 1418
Phone: +27 (0)21 531 5737

International (Canada):
Dr. Saul Arbess, Chair, Global Alliance Leadership Council
Phone: +1-250-383-5878

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