NGOs Release Joint Statement to Participants of UNGA’s Ministerial High-Level Meeting on South Sudan

On the occasion of the September 25 Ministerial High-Level Meeting on South Sudan during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 19 non-governmental organizations released a joint statement on the conflict in South Sudan. The Enough Project, along with 18 other organizations, emphasized the role that the international community must play in the creation of peace by enhancing leverage over the warring parties. The statement reads:

As the humanitarian toll of South Sudan's nine-month civil war mounts, it is clear that member states attending today’s UNGA side event cannot positively influence outcomes in South Sudan without significantly enhancing their leverage over the warring parties. Achieving a permanent cessation of hostilities, a meaningful peace agreement, and unimpeded humanitarian access will be impossible so long as South Sudanese leaders disregard the suffering of their own people. More strategic international pressure on the leadership is critical to bring about lasting peace for the people of South Sudan.

The statement is signed by the following organizations:

Aegis Trust
American Jewish World Service
CARE International
Catholic Relief Services
Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan
The Enough Project
Humanity United
Institute on Religion and Democracy
International Rescue Committee
Jewish World Watch
Mercy Corps
Oxfam International
Refugees International
STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
Sudan Advocacy Action Forum
United to End Genocide
Voices for Sudan

Read a PDF of the statement here.