23rd January 2014

Third Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 20th – 22nd, 2014

This week, over 100 civil society activists and advocates from all over the world
attended the Third Session of the Civil Society Forum on Sudan and South Sudan. The
Forum was held at Bole Ambassador Hotel in Addis Ababa during the period 20 to 22
January 2014. The three-day forum covered a wide variety of issues plaguing Sudan,
South Sudan and the surrounding region. Advocates in attendance were experts from
Sudan, South Sudan, Africa and the rest of the world. The Forum culminated in rich
intellectual discourse, recommendations for future advocacy work, and civil society
resolutions as a pre-summit contribution to the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African
Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
The Third Session of the Forum consisted of panel discussions, open sessions of
questions and comments, and special presentations. While calling for an immediate end
to the suffering of civilians and the expeditious signing of a ceasefire arrangement in
South Sudan, the Forum also recommended that the IGAD Secretariat and the
Chairperson of the AU Commission strengthen oversight and reduce ambiguity in the
Final Draft Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities Between the Government of the
Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In
The Forum’s panel topics included: A discussion of stakeholders in peace, particularly
focused on the AU and civil society; Civil society’s role in the technical assistance of
Sudan; An update of the humanitarian situations in South and West Kordofan States,
Blue Nile State, and Darfur; An update of the situation in South Sudan; Conflict analysis
and the building of peace within the region; Opportunities on future civil society
advocacy work on Sudan and South Sudan within the AU and IGAD; and Special
advocacy and awareness projects. Speakers included world-renowned peace activists
and experts on the two countries including Dr. Suliman Baldo, Professor Mukesh Kapila,
Mr. David Deng, Mr. Abdul Mohamed, Professor. Mashood A. Baderin.
At the end of the discussions, the Forum adopted 10 resolutions to be presented before
the 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly (January 30th – 31st 2014). Resolutions
were adopted on different topics including: the armed conflict in South Sudan, State-
Building and Reconciliation in South Sudan, the Critical Situation of Women in Sudan
and South Sudan, Refugees and IDPs in the Two Sudans, Press Freedom in the Two
Sudans, the Role of the United Nations in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Disputed
Territory of Abyei, Civil Rights and Political Freedoms in Sudan, the Situation in Darfur,
the Situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and Democratization in Sudan. Forum
contributors trust that adoption of the proposed resolutions will help assist, protect, and
serve the people of Sudan and South Sudan.
The Third Session of the Forum also witnessed the official launching of the People To
People Initiative on Sudan.
Participants and observers, including AU-accredited ambassadors and officials
expressed the views that “this gathering of bright and enthusiastic experts and peace
advocates has again produced high-quality materials for contribution to the AU work on
Sudan and South Sudan. Future forums of this kind are encouraged to continue to be
convened in order to enhance advocacy, raise awareness and mobilize the public
opinion of African policy decision-makers on matters concerning Sudan and South
Sudan. There is need for continued civil society commitment to fight for peace,
democracy, good governance and prosperity for the people of Sudan and South
Contact: Ms. Brenda Prempeh, Programme Manager, Advocacy, Darfur Relief and
Documentation Centre (DRDC) Cell phone in Addis Ababa,

Download PDF: Sudan Civil Society Forum Press Release Jan 2014