According to Google Maps, the Republic of South Sudan Does Not Yet Exist

On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan declared its independence. Today, the Security Council voted unanimously admit the Republic of South Sudan to the United Nations. Tomorrow, the General Assembly will likely follow, making it the 193rd UN member state.

So what is wrong with this picture?

Google, of course, is not in the business of conferring sovereignty on a country (at least not yet!)  But I would be curious to see when this map changes. (Perhaps after the Republic of South Sudan is formally admitted to the United Nations tomorrow?)  For the record, the State Department’s official map does not yet recognize the Republic of South Sudan either — even though US Ambassador to the UN lead a high profile delegation to the South Sudan independence ceremony last weekend.


Get occasional updates from UN Dispatch

* indicates required

Want Our Social Media List?