Friday, December 17, 2010, 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
New York, UN Private Dining Room 1-3
The new year will start with a bang in Sudan. The people of Sudan’s South will vote in a referendum on 9 January 2011 to determine the region’s future status, with independence widely seen as a probable outcome. The UN Mission in Sudan is gearing up to prevent an immediate violent break-up of Sudan after the referendum, but the risk of renewed violence – whether among competing factions in the South or in Darfur – is real. For what contingencies should the international community be prepared? What and who can sustain a new, independent state in South Sudan in terms of development, infrastructure, and public administration? Politically, what challenges will other African states and the African Union face if the referendum leads to new state formation? On December 17, FES New York and the Century Foundation organized a luncheon discussion to explore the imminent contingencies and long-term consequences, and to discuss the various options for UN action to prevent the outbreak of further violence.