The Mission aimed to expedite the Charter's ratification and assess progress in implementing recommendations for children affected by armed conflict. Stakeholders, including Government Ministries, children's representatives, CSOs, and international organizations, were engaged. Positive developments were observed, such as the establishment of a children's parliament, juvenile courts, and one-stop centres. Access to free primary education has increased, inclusivity in schools has been promoted, and measures were taken to prevent child soldier recruitment and occupation of schools/hospitals.
Despite advancements, concerns were identified during the advocacy mission. These included delays in ratification of the Charter, the need to revise the Children’s’ Act and establish the Children’s Commission, and the absence of child rights stakeholders in the constitutional-making process. The delegation noted that urgent action is required to address these gaps and ensure the protection of children's rights and welfare in the Republic of South Sudan.