On Thursday May 24, 2007, starting at 10am EST, Reuters will be holding a Newsmaker event on the topic of the crisis in Darfur. The event will take place in New York and will follow the usual Newsmaker format of a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session.
Unfortunately there won't be a videocast, and it's unlikely that there'll be an audio feed either, but you can still participate by submitting questions and comments for the panel either in the comments section of this post, or via the “Join the Debate” link on the event web site. As the panel is composed mainly of specialists and journalists, our input as bloggers, readers and ordinary citizens is going to be especially critical.
The event page also carries a Global Voices feed, so if you happen to be blogging about Darfur, please make sure and send the link to our Sub-Saharan Africa editor Ndesanjo Macha via our Contact page.
And here are the event details:
Dealing with Darfur – what's at stake?
As security deteriorates, violence grows, resources dwindle and concerns mount over the effectiveness of peacekeepers and aid workers in Darfur, questions abound as to what the future holds for Western Sudan.
Reuters and Reuters AlertNet invite you to hear a panel of experts debate the situation in Darfur. Topics under the spotlight include what the responsibilities of the international community are, how the gap can be narrowed between Khartoum and the majority of U.N. members, and why Darfur has sparked more international attention than other forgotten African conflicts.
* Paul Holmes, Reuters (moderator)
* Ann Curry, NBC News
* Jean-Marie Guehenno, Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping U.N
* Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad, Sudanese Ambassador to the U.N
* John Prendergast, International Crisis Group
* Mia Farrow, Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
* Lauren Landis, Senior Representative, Sudan, U.S. Department of State
The event web site is: http://www.reuters.com/news/globalcoverage/newsmakerDarfur