Republic of South Sudan

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Personnel: Up to 3

South Sudan is one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, and violent conflict continues to occur. The United Nations plays an important role in the protection of civilians, peace-making and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The New Zealand Defence Force has contributed up to three personnel – a staff officer in Mission Headquarters and two military liaison officers – to UNMISS since 2012. UNMISS was established in 2011 to consolidate peace and security, and enable the newly-established Government of South Sudan to assume its functions. The mandate of the mission has since shifted to focus on the protection of civilians.

Prior to South Sudan’s independence and the creation of UNMISS; New Zealand contributed personnel to the United Nations Mission in Sudan from 2005 to 2011.