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Furthering Development and Humanitarian Progress in Sudan: The Role of the UN

Chatham House, London


Marta Ruedas, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan
Matthew Hollingworth, United Nations World Food Programme Representative and Country Director for Sudan
Chair: Dr Susanne Jaspers, Research Associate, Food Studies Centre, SOAS; School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Bristol University


Sudan has developed its international relations and gained broader support in recent years. Longstanding US economic sanctions were suspended in January 2017 and may be permanently removed in July, subject to a determination against five benchmarks, including progress on improving humanitarian access throughout Sudan. However, despite some progress on humanitarian access - with three corridors opened for aid deliveries from Sudan to famine-struck South Sudan - negotiations for access in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan remain stalled, and recent clashes in North and East Darfur states breach a cessation of hostilities unilaterally declared by each side. The national consensus government was also recently announced, although a number of opposition and armed groups were not included in the dialogue process.

Panelists will discuss the UN’s work in Sudan, including efforts to deliver humanitarian aid, and whether the potential lifting of economic sanctions and future arrangements with creditors present an opportunity to re-position Sudan in the humanitarian and development setting.