Network for Youth in Transition


On July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) was inaugurated as
an independent state with new hopes for a more peaceful and prosperous
future for all its citizens after years of conflict. In his first address to the
National Legislature, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir emphasized the
many challenges still facing the new country, highlighting the need to promote
environmental sustainability, become self-reliant, and food secure and no
longer dependent on “imports or handouts.” Adequately responding to the
impact of climate change is recognized as a vital component of peacebuilding
and sustainable development programming. Young people, who constitute the
largest demographic sector of the South Sudanese population—72 percent are
less than 30 years old—have traditionally been at the forefront in articulating
local concerns and aspirations, and have an important contribution to make as
peace-builders in South Sudan’s climate change and security nexus.

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