The White House has announced that the Honorable Susan E. Rice, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will lead a delegation representing President Barack Obama that will attend the ceremony marking the Declaration of the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan on July 9, 2011. (Read the White House press release)
Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services, has been asked to accompany the delegation as its only non-governmental representative.
CRS has been working in Sudan since the end of the first major civil war in 1972. One of the largest non-governmental humanitarian agencies working in the country, CRS’ relief and development projects serve more than 1 million people across Sudan.
In addition to its many humanitarian aid projects, CRS committed $4 million in private funds to efforts to contribute to a peaceful transformation for Sudan. Much of this was and still is being spent on peacebuilding efforts to ensure a peaceful transition for Africa’s newest country. Working mainly with Church partners, CRS sought to ensure that Southern Sudanese were properly informed about the referendum, to ease tensions between rival groups within the South, and to integrate peacebuilding approaches in all assistance and development work. More information on CRS’ work in Sudan is available at http://peaceinsudan.crs.org/
The following are the members of the Presidential Delegation:
The Honorable Susan E. Rice, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations will lead the delegation.
The Honorable Donald M. Payne, United States Representative from New Jersey and Ranking Member of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights
The Honorable Colin L. Powell, Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The Honorable Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State
The Honorable Princeton N. Lyman, United States Special Envoy to Sudan, Department of State
The Honorable Brooke Anderson, Deputy National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff and Counselor for the National Security Staff
The Honorable Donald K. Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, USAID
General Carter F. Ham, Commander, United States Africa Command
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