South Sudan is on the cusp of a fragile peace deal and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has over 14,000 peacekeepers, police, security and civilian personnel from 60 countries. India has 2,547 peacekeeping personnel. Geetha Pious, head of the UN Field Office in Juba, talks to SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi and Video Journalist Prateek Suri on how India is and can help the world’s newest country in peacekeeping, governance and nation building. With nearly seven million people facing acute food insecurity, she also outlines how India can use its expertise of the Green Revolution to help the livelihoods of up to 90 per cent of the population that depends on farming, fishing and raising cattle.
Geetha Pious is the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, David Shearer’s head of field office in Juba and coordinates all peacekeeping components and civil affairs in the capital, and the former central Equatoria state of South Sudan. She also discusses the peace process, the UN mandate due to be renewed by March 15, 2019, tribal versus national identity and accountability for human rights violations, war crimes and conflict related sexual and gender based violence in South Sudan.