Delegation of the European Union to South Sudan

About the European Union Delegation to South Sudan

04/05/2016 - 11:54
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The European Union Delegation to the Republic of South Sudan, what it does and what it hopes to achieve.

The European Union (EU) Delegation to South Sudan is one of the 140 diplomatic missions that represent the EU across the globe. The Delegation aims at strengthening EU-South Sudan relations by contributing to progressing peace, stability and development in South Sudan, in line with the EU's Global Strategy, the principles and values at the core of the Union’s foreign policy.

The EU Delegation works with government bodies, parties, civil society, faith based and other stakeholders as well as EU member states and international and regional partners including the UN, African Union, IGAD and the Troika in supporting progress on the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Progress on the implementation of the peace agreement will determine whether a more peaceful and stable South Sudan will emerge, with which the EU can build a long-term partnership for development cooperation and trade. At the same time, the EU delegation works to address medium to long-term challenges with regard to the protracted humanitarian crisis and chronic underdevelopment. This will mean that the EU will continue its focus on the provision of humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable population and support the delivery of basic services such as education, health and livelihoods in the country.

EU's Ambassador Christian Bader
EU's Ambassador Christian Bader

H.E. Christian Bader, European Union Ambassador to South Sudan

I am delighted and honoured to take up my duties as the European Union Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan. This is not my first time in South Sudan, where I represented France from 2010 to 2015, witnessing with great hopes the birth of the youngest nation in the world. This second term offers me unique challenges, when the country is still facing hurdles that need to be overcome. A fervent supporter of a free, independent and democratic South Sudan, the EU wants to see the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS 2018) and is providing an important financial support to its monitoring structures. We want to promote the resilience of vulnerable communities in this country, to support rural and agricultural development, rule of law, transitional justice and reconciliation, gender equality, public finance management (PFM) and regional integration, and to strengthen the education and health sectors, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. With my colleagues and European Union member states, in the spirit of #TeamEurope, we will work together with other partners to beat the odds, to support the search for a peaceful solution to the conflict and to curb the social and political effects of the economic crisis, in the hope of building an accountable, peaceful and prosperous South Sudan.

Profile of Ambassador Christian Bader

Prior to joining the EU Delegation to South Sudan as Ambassador in September 2020, H.E. Bader spent almost three decades with France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served in Germany, Somalia, Namibia and Ethiopia, as Consul General in India and South Africa, and as Ambassador in South Sudan (2010-2015), in Equatorial Guinea (2015-2016) and in the Central African Republic (2016-2018). His last position was as Special Adviser to the Director of the French Crisis Centre. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and wrote several books and articles on African ethnology and linguistics.

 

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