Urgent Priorities: Sudan Issues at the United Nations

Posted by Scott Gration
September 23, 2009
Trucks Loaded With Displaced Sudanese at Refugee Camp in Darfur

About the Author: Major General (Ret) Scott Gration currently serves as the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan.

Every year, representatives from around the world gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. It is a time for world leaders to coalesce around common challenges and common problems. It is a time for cooperation and dialog to address the most complex and vexing issues of our day, and it is an opportunity to galvanize international support during the times of crisis around the world.

Sudan is one of these issues, and now is one of those times. I am in New York now to continue ongoing discussions and to initiate new ones with representatives from countries across the globe. My main priorities while in New York are addressing CPA implementation and issues regarding Darfur. These are the two most critical issues facing Sudan. As I’ve said before—CPA is a priority, and Darfur is an urgency.


To give you a sense of the breadth, importance, and reach of the issue of Sudan, consider the range of some of the people we will be meeting with in New York this week: Chadian President Deby, Dutch Minister for International Development Koenders, Irish Foreign Minister Martin, Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit, and others. Additionally, we will be participating in trilateral meetings with Egypt and Norway; a meeting of the Special Envoys from partner nations; a meeting of the Sudan Troika (U.S., UK, and Norway); a meeting with senior officials from NGOs operational in Sudan; and other discussions.

While in New York, I am also speaking at an event hosted by Save Darfur to unveil an exhibition of photographs of Darfur called “Darfur/Darfur.” The exhibit is a series of photographs of Darfur and its people that shows the true suffering that the people of Darfur have had to undergo for far too long.


What do I hope to get out of these meetings and others at the UN?

First, I hope to galvanize international support for building peace and stability for Sudan. The United States has a critical role to play, but progress in Sudan requires the support and efforts of the wider international community.

Second, I hope to make real progress in securing support from our international partners on key initiatives regarding armed movement unification and CPA implementation. We need the support of our international partners if we are to make headway on either of these fronts.

It bears repeating, however, that it is the Government of Sudan, the Darfuri armed movements, the Government of Southern Sudan, and other Sudanese stakeholders who bear the final responsibility for bringing peace and stability to Sudan. The international community’s responsibility is to facilitate and to hold the parties in Sudan accountable for their actions.

Thank you for reading. We will be sure to let you know how these meetings go. Thanks again for your continued interest and support, Scott.

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Ohio, USA
September 23, 2009

Lisa in Ohio writes:

Salutations, I'am aware of the convoluted series of disasters plaguing Africa. From the drought to the corruption and even geologically tearing itself apart. I feel the only thing one can do is work around Mother Nature and somehow get over the block that keeps good people the doormats of the less constrained. In other words get the greedy outta the picture, they're not hard to spot and theres more of us than them, (Gandi) either that or lets offer them (the vunerable) a place in Alaska, cause the continental U.S. is not fairing much better. Whats done is done, winners and losers, we must make sure the winners share. Global Population will fall, (Volcanoes around the globe seem to be awaking.) Food,shelter will become even more scarce, So. I suggest before this happens nations take what they've learned about food production and contained enviroments and start recruting the honorable, hardworking, and not prone to greed individuals,cause we may have to go through the bottle neck.

In conclusion, 30 yrs ago I heard James Hansen on PBS speak of global climate change. I've tried to get it across ever since. I feel your pain, anger, hope? I'm trying to do my part down here in the trenchs of American society. It's also dangerous and mostly a thank-less task that don't make my life any easier, and costs me plenty, but I do it anyway. It's my nature. So Best Regards Sir. I can only hope you see a way of solving the issue.

September 24, 2009

Aden in Sudan writes:

Thanks for your round-the-clock serious efforts to bring about peaceful resolution to the Sudan conflict. All sides of the conflict, i.e. north, South, Darfur and East unanimously agree the need for the international community to remain engaged and focus resources (moral, material, financial) to help make an all-Sudan CPA that will allow secure and conducive environment for IDPs to return to their areas of choice and helping with Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. Please let the promise of peace dividends be honored to provide people protectable assets that will prevent them from going back to war and violence. Also, help the various States to take the lead in helping populations rebuild their lives as they return home after years of displacement.

Definitely, the building of infrastructure in areas of potential return and prioritizing social and economic recovery will help ordinary peoples resolve to avoid future wars. Both traditional and non-traditional donors need to also coordinate to undertake a successful economic recovery effort.


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