David Shearer

Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Mission in South Sudan

(in English)

Meet David Shearer talk about his political and humanitarian background, his role as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and the mandate of UNMISS, the peacekeeping operation he is leading on the ground.

Please read the announcement of David Shearer for more details about his background and experience prior to joining UNMISS.



The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 March 2020, demanding that parties end the fighting and signaling its intention to consider all measures, including an arms embargo, against those obstructing peace in the war-torn nation.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2406 (2018) under the United Nations Charter’s Chapter VII, the Council maintained overall UNMISS force levels at the troop ceiling of 17,000 — which includes a Regional Protection Force of up to 4,000 troops — and the police ceiling of 2,101 personnel.

By other terms, the Council demanded that South Sudan’s leaders implement the permanent ceasefire declared in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, and other ceasefires for which they respectively called on 11 July 2016 and 22 May 2017.

To support the peace process, UNMISS would use its good offices and participate in the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, with its Regional Protection Force authorized to use robust action to facilitate safe and free movement around Juba.  More broadly, UNMISS would work to protect civilians, create conditions conducive to aid delivery and both monitor and investigate human rights abuses.

Read the full Security Council Resolution 2459 (2019)

The SRSG in South Sudan David Shearer leads a team to push for peace in Yei.  Photo by UN/UNMISS

David Shearer during a field visit to Yei, South Sudan.

By UN photo/UNMISS

David Shearer visits the town of Renk, South Sudan.

By UN photo/UNMISS

David Shearer, Special Representative in South Sudan

By UN photo/UNMISS