South Sudan: World’s Youngest Nation at the Crossroads to Peace
Following a brutal civil war, Southern Sudan gained autonomy by referendum in 2011 and became not only the youngest country in the world, but also one of the poorest in spite of its oil resources. In 2013, the conflict resumed, this time internally. This new war has triggered a major crisis causing nearly 380,000 deaths and more than 2.4 million displaced persons. How can we escape this cycle of violence and return to the path of peace? What strategies and actions are needed to ensure peace and prevent human rights violations in the long term? The challenge, now, is to value and encourage local and national peace-building initiatives in order to live in a democratic state that speaks for all South Sudanese.
The Forum will be held in English with a simultaneous translation in French.
Saturday 9 March
Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle
Co-presented with Interpeace and supported by the Service de la solidarité internationale of État de Genève
Forest Whitaker Actor and Film Director, CEO of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative
Magdalena Nandege Lokoro South Sudanese peacebuilding activist, Youth Peacemaker Network of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative
Scott Weber President of Interpeace