Sudan: The Year Ahead
The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 ended Africa's longest running civil war and set in motion a number of political changes in Sudan. The CPA period will come to an end with the forthcoming referendum in January 2011 on southern Sudan's future. The coming year could be one of the most significant in Sudan's history: before holding the referendum the country must conduct elections, while problems in the East and West of Sudan remain.
Following a long and varied diplomatic career, Ashraf Qazi was appointed as the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sudan in September 2007. Mr Qazi will speak about his role as head of the United Nations' Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the importance of the peace support operations that he supervises, as well as his thoughts on the future of Sudan in this crucial year.