Innocent at Large: With the UN in the Horn of Africa – One Canadian’s Story

United Nations vehicle traveling in Kassala, North Sudan, near the Eritrea Border. Photo: Rosio Godomar

United Nations vehicle traveling in Kassala, North Sudan, near the Eritrea Border. Photo: Rosio Godomar

The crisis in Syria has diverted the public’s attention away from two countries, Sudan and South Sudan, where conflict is still ongoing despite the self-determination of the south and efforts of the United Nations and the African Union.

George Somerwill will be offering a personal narrative of his work within both the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea and the United Nations Mission in Sudan. Commentary will also integrate his time spent as BBC and CBC journalist and humanitarian worker. His analysis will touch upon the involvement of Canada in the UN in addition to the insight he has developed over the years regarding Africa, Canada and the UN.

The keynote presentation will be held Sunday, July 7, 2013 beginning at 5:30pm at the Balsillie School of International Affairs located in Waterloo, Ontario. This is a free event open to the public with registration for the keynote requested at andrew.koltun@acuns.org.

The event, Sudan and South Sudan: Contributing to Conflict Prevention and Post-conflict Stabilization, brings together a wide variety of expertise and backgrounds. Several panel discussions will be held on the Sunday afternoon and throughout Monday, July 8th on current and emerging conflict issues between Sudan and South Sudan, with a look at international interventions and Canadian interests. Attendance at panel discussions is by prior agreement through aedgar@wlu.ca. For a detailed schedule and speaker information, see this link.

Event Information:
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Multipurpose Room (142), Balsillie School of International Affairs
67 Erb St. W, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

This public event is sponsored by the Academic Council on the United Nations System, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, and the Department of National Defence – Defence Engagement Program.

Check back here for links to recorded media of the event. Follow George Somerwill on Twitter @UN4All for latest commentary on conflict and global issues.

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