Universal Peace Day Celebrations
In 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between the Governments of Sudan and the Sudan People Liberation Army/Movement. Despite efforts to resolve pending issues between both sides , concerns related to borders demarcation, SPLA-N disengagement, public consultation, and smooth and respectful relations between the two States still remain. Despite signature of the CPA, the agreement failed to stop war in the Three Areas; Abyei, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile State.
War erupted in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state in June 2011 and Sept 2011 respectively. The region of Abyei is undergoing critical situation, and communities are ethnically divided, badly polarized and people were recognized as affiliated either with government of Sudan or to SPLM/A resulted into high distrust and disputes.
Among other international interventions in the peace building area in the Blue Nile State ; the UNDP Joint Conflict Reduction Programme (JCRP) was introduced in the Three Areas in 2010. Since then, JCRP supported the Peace Council in the Blue Nile State in areas of peace building processes; reconciliation and communities’ dialogues, corridors demarcation, and peace dividend projects.
Many activities were planned for the year 2015, including the Universal Peace Day under the slogan “ Partnerships for Peace and Dignity for everyone” . Celebrations were conducted on 21 of Sep 2015 in partnership with USAID and CBOs (IDABABO) and attended by 4000+ individuals from different sectors including 1500 were women.
The morning activities included a cultural celebration at the prison of Rosaries city with women and children, which was conducted in partnership between the JCRP and a CBO named IDABABO. During this activity peace messages were shared with women, men and children through traditional musical bands. Moreover, as part of this activity, IDABABO has distributed clothes to vulnerable prisoners including women, men and children under the supervision of Ministry of Social and welfare.
The afternoon and evening activity included was implemented in partnership with AECOM Sudan international. The public rally March included musical bands where pupils convey peace message through signs board and T-shirt with message, and music.
The Government has participated in the March represented by the local authorities in addition to participation from civil society organization , at the evening of the musical bands celebrations with music carrying peace and coexistence messages in addition to speeches delivered by government officials.