Canada’s engagement in Sudan and South Sudan focuses on helping to set the conditions for long-term peace, stability and prosperity in both countries. Canada is a key player in a concerted international effort to foster a just and lasting peace within and between Sudan and South Sudan. Since 2006, Canada has contributed more than $900 million toward humanitarian assistance, development and peacebuilding, to alleviate suffering, promote democracy and respect for human rights, build resilience, press for peace and help to achieve a peaceful, credible referendum in South Sudan.
Sudan has faced decades of civil war since its independence in 1956. Canada is part of a concerted international effort to support a just and lasting peace in both Sudan and newly independent South Sudan. Canadian contributions focus primarily on resolving the conflict in Darfur, addressing humanitarian crises, and fostering the development of two viable states at peace internally and with each other.
Canada's commitment to and large-scale engagement in Sudan is part of a whole-of-government effort, involving the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Department of National Defence (DND), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Canada's engagement in Sudan reflects Canada's core values and foreign policy priorities of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Canada has a long-standing record of support to peace operations worldwide in order to assist in bringing security, stability and support to conflict and post-conflict situations, and helping to lay the ground work for reconstruction and development. One of Canada's recent contributions is the significant support provided to African Union peacekeeping efforts in Darfur.
In a country devastated by more than 50 years of civil war, an extraordinary family drawn from across the Canadian government is working for lasting peace.
From 1955 until 1972 and again from 1983 until 2005, civil war between the government in Khartoum and much of Southern Sudan ravaged many parts of the South. The conflict ended with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the government in Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).