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Activists Spotlight Sudan as World Leaders Gather

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Activists Spotlight Sudan as World Leaders Gather

Posted by John Bagwell on September 22, 2009

Activists Spotlight Sudan as World Leaders Gather

As President Obama addresses the both the United Nations General Assembly and the G20 Summit this week, Sudan activists are watching closely to see how U.S. and world leaders confront the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the major political firestorm brewing between northern and southern Sudan, which is already having tragic human consequences. To keep the pressure on U.S. leadership and challenge world leaders to make Sudan a priority, our friends at the Save Darfur Coalition have organized an array of actions to draw attention to the ongoing crisis.

On Tuesday and Wednesday in New York, SDC will present the Darfur/Darfur photo exhibit near the U.N. Headquarters. Sudan Special Envoy Scott Gration will give remarks at the opening night of the exhibit.

Throughout the week, dozens of street teams will line the streets along the route from the hotel to the U.N. to collect petition signatures calling on President Obama to use the international gatherings this week to “lend the weight of your personal engagement to your policy plan for Sudan.”

SDC will also be holding a live webcast on Wednesday, September 22, at 3 p.m. Eastern time from Pittsburgh. Watch online as a panel featuring Sean Brooks, Suliman Giddo, Mwangi S. Kimenyi, and Rabbi Steve Gutow discuss what the world’s richest countries can do to help promote peace in Sudan.

At the G20 this week, The Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition will display the Darfur Destroyed Villages exhibit on Flagstaff Hill (right across from Conservatory, where delegates will be eating dinner on Thursday night). The display includes over 600 signs with the names of Darfur villages that have been destroyed since 2003.

No matter where you are in the world this week you can still get in on the action to raise the profile of Sudan at this critical time. Tune in to Wednesday’s webcast and sign this online petition as we all work together to press U.S. and world leaders to make Sudan a priority as they gather this week. 


Photo credit: GI-NET/Janessa Goldbeck