26 January 2016 – In an email to IPA received this morning, the Communications Officer for UNICEF South Sudan in Juba says it is possible that South Sudan has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child but it is unclear at this point. They have been told that Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the country since it declared independence in 2011, has signed the treaty thus ratifying it. They are awaiting confirmation from the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If South Sudan ratifies the UNCRC, the United States will remain the lone country in the world to have not ratified the treaty.
– Cynthia Gentry, IPA Communications Officer