Outcome of a Comprehensive Locality-level Consultations in Darfur Shared with the International Community

Oct 30, 2017

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Khartoum, October 30, 2017 – The results of the second phase of the Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation (DIDC) were shared publicly today in the presence of key national partners, key representatives of the international community and H.E. Dr. Hasabo Mohamed Abdulrahman, Vice President of the Republic of Sudan.

DIDC is one of the critical components of the Doha Peace Agreement and remains a corner stone in soliciting the opinions of Darfur grass root communities. Acknowledging the Darfur-wide internal dialogue and consultations, the DIDC’s significance stems from its impact in promoting inter-tribal and inter-communal peace, reconciliation and harmonious co-existence in the states of Darfur by addressing key issues such as resource-based tribal clashes through an inclusive and continuous multi-stakeholder engagement. The DIDC is facilitated by the African Union, the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), and by the State of Qatar and is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU).

Chairman of the DIDC Implementation Committee Mr. Siddig Adam  congratulated the participants and the partners on the achievement of this important milestone in the peace process in Darfur by saying “The process is owned by all Darfurians who contributed and participated in the consultations. It has brought Darfurians’ concerns forward but this is still the beginning and there is still more to accomplish.”

Between January 2015 and October 2017, a total of 77 Community Outreach and Public Awareness initiatives and 67 Locality-level consultations took place across the Darfur region.

These meetings and internal dialogues, provided an opportunity for Darfurians to voice their needs in an open and transparent dialogue, discussing the root causes of conflict and proposing measures to ensure long-term peace, security and development of the region in accordance with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). For this, the participants confirmed the importance of making the results of the consultations heard and become part of the debate to address the root causes of the conflict. 

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In her statement, United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Marta Ruedas hailed the collaboration between various stakeholders supporting the DIDC process, “In this platform, I want to appeal to all stakeholders and partners working in Darfur to connect to the voice of people of Darfur. I understand that the challenges are immense, but together we can overcome these obstacles. It is extremely important that all projects and interventions that are being carried out by national and international partners need to listen to this voice, instead of making isolated and disconnected interventions. “

For his part H.E. Mr. Wuyi Omitoogun Deputy Ambassador, African Union affirmed African Union(AU)`s identification with the objectives and the achievements of the DIDC and reaffirmed the AU’s  commitment to supporting  the  ongoing process.

H.E. Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan confirmed the EU`s commitment to sustainable development and peace in Darfur. “Indeed, the EU is convinced that we cannot have one without the other. We support all efforts aiming at a sustainable cessation of hostilities on the basis of the road map defined by the African Union High Implementation Panel. Today, the total engagement from EU institutions for peace and development in Darfur is circa EUR 35 million. Our support is aligned with the Darfur Development Strategy. The EU focuses on peacebuilding, rural development, management of natural resources, as well as health and education. “The European Union Ambassador  also highlighted EU`s aspiration in operationalizing the humanitarian-development nexus for which Sudan is a pilot country and Darfur is one of the target regions.

The Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, H.E. Dr. Hasabo Mohamed Abdulrahman addressed the ceremony where he reiterated the Presidency’s commitment to supporting dialogue in all its forms especially amongst grass root level communities calling for revitalizing existing mediation methods in Darfur. “The Darfuri-Darfuri dialogue is the main pillar for achieving peace and economic recovery in Darfur. This dialogue presents a better alternative to communities. Instead of bearing arms, voices and concerns of individuals are being heard. I am very pleased with what has been achieved so far but this is only the beginning. We need to ensure that these needs and demands voiced here today are being implemented and we remain committed to achieve that goal.”

The next stage of the consultative process involves consultations with the Darfuri diaspora abroad, with refuges and IDPs followed by state and regional level deliberations. 

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For more information, please contact Ms.  Yusra Salim, Team Coordinator UNDP Partnerships and Communication, yusra.salim@undp.org

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