The November 2005 issue of FMR provides an opportunity for reflection and debate on the protection, return and reintegration of displaced Sudanese and the opportunities for building a new Sudan.
Two key actors in the peace process have assisted the editors: Professor Francis Deng (former Sudanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and from 1992 to 2004 the Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons) and Jon Bennett, UN Team Leader, Joint Assessment Mission (JAM), Sudan.
The special issue – the longest ever issue of our magazine - presents 36 articles written by Northern and Southern representatives of the Government of National Unity, the UN, World Bank, Sudanese and international NGOs and representatives of diaspora communities. Supported by key Sudanese and international policymakers, the project informs a wider audience - in Sudan, the diaspora, the humanitarian and donor communities and the general public - of the mechanisms by which reconciliation has been promoted, the implications of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and challenges for the six-year transitional period.
Financial support from the US Institute of Peace, UNDP Sudan and UNICEF Sudan is enabling many thousands of additional copies to be distributed, in Arabic and in English, inside Sudan. 30 November sees simultaneous launch events in Khartoum (hosted by UNDP), in Juba and in the House of Commons, London (hosted by the UK Associate Parliamentary Group for Sudan).