IllustrasjonIllustrasjonhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkunR8631.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2613UNMISS was established when South Sudan gained its independence in 2011. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold
Bilder fra gatene i Juba, Sør-Sudan / From the streets of Juba in South SudanBilder fra gatene i Juba, Sør-Sudan / From the streets of Juba in South Sudanhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkunR0320.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2612From the streets of Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold
Stabsjef, Oberst Petter Lindqvist foran UNMISS hovedkvarteret i Juba, Sør-Sudan / Chief of Staff, Colonel Petter Lindqvist in UNMISS headquarter in Juba, South SudanStabsjef, Oberst Petter Lindqvist foran UNMISS hovedkvarteret i Juba, Sør-Sudan / Chief of Staff, Colonel Petter Lindqvist in UNMISS headquarter in Juba, South Sudanhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkunR0858.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=179Norwegian Colonel Petter Lindqvist served as Chief of Staff at the UNMISS Headquarters in Juba, South Sudan in 2013/14. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold

South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the world's youngest nations. Since 2011, the Norwegian Armed Forces have participated in the UNMISS mission.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Norwegian Armed Forces have 17 staff officers in the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). 13 of them work in the UNMISS Headquarters in the capital Juba, while the remaining officers are stationed at the missions sector headquarters. The staff officers are responsible for personnel, operations, planning, training, education and information.

Backgroun​​d

South Sudan became the world's youngest natio​​n when the country broke away from Sudan after a referendum on 9 July 2011. The United Nations played a leading role in working out the peace agreement between the parts, in an area plagued with civil war and unrest for decades. Today, the relationship between the two countries is tense at times, especially when it comes to border issues and distribution of the oil resources in the area.

Internal pr​​​oblems

Shortly after its independence, South Sudan experienced internal conflicts and unrest. This laid the foundation for the UN Mission. Different ethnic conflicts have caused severe political problems, and armed rebel groups have gained control in some areas in the north of the country. In December 2013, the country broke into civil war. As of 2015, the conflict is still ongoing, wit​h brutal attacks and more than 730,000 refugees, according to the UN. A new peace agreement between the warring parties was signed in August 2015.

The conflict has led to a stronger UN presence in the country. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) works to secure peace in the country, protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian work. The mission has up to 12,500 military personnel, while the police missio​​n has up to 1,323 personnel. ​

 Other International Operations

 

 

Iraq<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/netttkirakC8084.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />IraqIn May 2015, the Norwegian Armed Forces sent their first military contribution to the international coalition established to counter ISIL in Iraq.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/iraq
Balkans<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/tk7529-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BalkansThe Norwegian Armed Forces have played an active part in stabilising the Balkans since the 1990s.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/balkans
Mine countermeasures<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/SNMCMG1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Mine countermeasuresMines are still a threat in maritime warfare. Norway contributes with both vessels and personnel to NATO's mine countermeasures. http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/countermeasures-group-1

Published 13 June 2015 21:44.. Last updated 28 July 2017 14:27.