UNMISS holds governance workshop for civil society in Torit

4 May 2012

UNMISS holds governance workshop for civil society in Torit

4 May 2012 - To sensitize civil society members about their role in promoting democratic governance and rule of law, UNMISS organized a one-day workshop today in the Eastern Equatoria State capital of Torit.

About 50 representatives of different civil society groups in the state attended the workshop, which was held in Hotel Torit.

Discussion topics included promoting good governance, democratic participation, rule of law and human rights. Creating awareness among participants about the UNMISS mandate was also a workshop objective.

Opening the workshop, Eastern Equatoria Anti-Corruption Officer Director Jermiah Ater Rucjok Gai said the workshop was a means of bringing civil society closer to the government.

"This is an opportunity for us as government representatives and civil society organizations to share ideas and strengthen our partnership to deliver better services to the public," the anti-corruption director said.

Eastern Equatoria Civil Society Network Chairperson Jimmy Killang emphasized the need for cooperation between the government and civil society in attaining their common goal of ensuring good governance and rule of law.

"Our role as civil society groups is to advocate the interest of the people and ensure that people's voices are heard," said Mr. Killang. "We are not in opposition to the government. The civil society organizations in EES (Eastern Equatoria State) strive to contribute significantly to the progress of our state and our nation."

UNMISS Eastern Equatoria Officer-in-Charge Khan Mohammad told participants that the mission would work closely with civil society organizations.

"You civil society groups have big role to play to raise the awareness of the community and promote peace in the state," Mr. Mohammad said.