On the International Day for Peace, 21 September, the Delegation of the European Union will organize an online peace concert which will be broadcasted in various social media platforms. More than 12 young talented Sudanese singers, artists and musicians will perform various Sudanese and African musicals to stress the important role of youth in achieving peace and the values of tolerance, coexistence and non- violence. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be broadcasted online to maintain the health requirements and measures of the government of Sudan.
The European Union is one of the main supporters of peace in Sudan. Politically, the European Union and its member states exerted many efforts to convince all the Sudanese parties and stakeholders to engage in a process that will resolve the roots of the conflict in Sudan and achieve a comprehensive agreement. The European Union welcomes the role of the South Sudanese mediation and coordinated with Sudan regional and international partners the encouragement of achieving peace in Sudan. The European Union has also provided the video conferencing technology for the peace talks to continue during the health crisis of COVID-19.
On Development, the European Union supports a number of projects related to peace building in Sudan. Those projects encourage communal dialogue, coexistence, conflict resolution as well as humanitarian assistance to the affected internally displaced people and the refugees. The European Union currently supports local as well as national peace and stabilization initiatives with more than 13 Million EUROs, under its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, in areas such as Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei as well as on the national level.
Ambassador Robert van den Dool said ‘on this international Day for Peace, I would like to congratulate the Sudanese people on the initial signing of Juba Peace Agreement between the government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front. This is a real Milestone and a bold step in achieving the goals of the revolution; peace, justice and Freedom. Also, I would like to acknowledge the breakthrough between the government of Sudan and the SPLMN Al Hilu and I call on all the armed movements to join the peace process in Sudan. The peoples of Sudan should set aside their differences and look for the greater good of the country and its people and truly become one nation of many backgrounds, unified in peace, equality and peace for all. Now is the time, the opportunity is unique and the people’s voice is clear: Sudan wants lasting peace.’The European Union Ambassador also said "the international community looks forward to the signing of the final agreement on October 3, but more importantly, we look forward to its implementation in good spirit and firm commitment by all the parties.
I am glad and proud today to provide a platform to young Sudanese men and women, creative and talented artists, who want to send a message to all Sudanese, Europeans and the whole world that the Sudanese people want peace, will work together for peace, are committed to peace and that the glorious and peaceful revolution they organized, reflects the real good values of this country in tolerance and love and respect to each other.’
Prof. Dr. Suleiman Muhammad Eldebailo, Head of the Peace Commission addressed the Peace Day celebrations and said ‘on this day, we believe in Sudan and have faith in a peace that will restore, interconnect and bring together our social fabric. We will work for a Sudan which has equal rights and duties away from hateful racism, narrow regionalism and religious extremism.’
The online peace concert will be broadcasted on 21 September 2020 at 07 pm (Sudan Local Time) on the social media pages of the European Union Delegation in Sudan. Mr. Mazin Hamid and Ms. Mahdeya, are young Sudanese singers who will perform among others young musicians representing all the regions and cultural diversity of Sudan.
Khartoum 21 September 2020