On Thursday 18 May 2023, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) organized a roundtable on "the Recent Developments in Sudan", in which a group of officials and experts from various United Nations agencies and Qatar's humanitarian organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Qatar Charity (QC) and the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRC).

The speakers provided valuable data and information on the humanitarian situation in Sudan and highlighted the current challenges and needs to respond to the dire humanitarian crisis in the country. In addition, the meeting sought to stress the need to establish a 'Contact Group' for the Coordination and Liaison with the United Nations in Doha and to meet regularly for the purpose of providing and exchanging humanitarian data and information when crises happen and facilitating coordination between the Humanitarian actors.

In this context, the roundtable included very important issues that must be overcome to avoid a major humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan, such as activating early warning systems, a humanitarian response that links conflict and climate change, and working across the Triple Nexus -Humanitarian, development, and peace nexus. All speakers stressed the need to establish Humanitarian corridors or safe passages to deliver humanitarian aid to civilians affected by conflict and crises, in accordance with the agreed global humanitarian principles. Finally, the discussion concluded with the participants putting a set of suggestions for moving forward in the humanitarian response to alleviate the humanitarian suffering in Sudan.

For more information about the roundtable, please contact us at chs@chs-doha.org.