Sudan Civil Sociey Symposium (2000).
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The Sudan Civil Society Symposium was held in Calgary on June 5 and in Ottawa on June 7-9, 2000. It was organized by the Sudan Inter Agency Reference Group (SIARG), a network of Canadian NGOs working on Sudan. Freedom Quest International and Partnership Africa Canada played major co-ordination roles in Calgary and Ottawa respectively. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Centre for Foreign Policy Development of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the member organizations of SIARG in making this Symposium possible. The Sudan Civil Society Symposium provided an opportunity for views and opinions of Sudanese people to be heard with regard to Canadian involvement in Sudan, and an opportunity to discuss the effectiveness of existing activities and ideas for peace and development among invited non-combatant representatives from Sudanese civil society. The Symposium also aimed to explore and highlight appropriate responses among the Canadian public and private sectors with respect to their conduct and activities in enhancing the peace process in Sudan. In addition, the Symposium provided an opportunity to explore the role of Sudanese civil society and the international community in the promotion of peace within Sudan