Statement on today’s cancellation of Art for Peacebuilding event
Juba, 4 November 2021: UNMISS is deeply disappointed that the finale of its three-day Art for Peacebuilding activity had to be cancelled, due to circumstances beyond its control.
The event was organized as part of the ‘Our Peace Forum,’ initiative, a grassroots peacebuilding interaction designed to enhance two-way dialogues between local stakeholders and national actors in Juba.
The Mission regrets baseless allegations of exploitation levelled against it which has led to an unjustified shift in focus from the creativity and commitment of volunteer artists drawn from all 10 states in South Sudan.
Participation in this particular forum, as in all public events hosted by UNMISS, is entirely voluntary.
The Mission is grateful to all artists for their energy and enthusiasm to shape an inclusive peace for South Sudan as vibrantly demonstrated during the first two days of the forum.
UNMISS reiterates its support for unfettered civic space across South Sudan. It stands by the right of every artist to communicate freely and widely in efforts to galvanize positive social transformation and build peace.