March 17, 2022, 21:00 - 22:40(JST); March 17, 2022, 14:00 - 15:40 (CAT)
Online participation via Zoom
South Sudan became independent from Sudan on July 9, 2011, after a series of civil wars that lasted for half a century. However, in December 2013, a conflict broke out. Although a peace agreement was reached and an interim administration was established subsequently, the situation remained highly unpredictable. To realize the sincere wish of the Government of South Sudan to urge the people of the nation to unify as one through the spirit of fair play in sports, JICA assisted the holding of a national sports event called the “National Unity Day” (NUD). With additional support from the Japan Self-Defense Forces and Japanese companies, the first event since the independence was held in January 2016. Since then, JICA has been assisting the organization of NUD every year. Furthermore, JICA also assisted South Sudan in its first ever participation in the Olympic Games as an independent nation. Though many obstacles came in the way, South Sudanese athletes were able to compete in the track and field events during the Rio 2016 as well as Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
The book “Peace and Unity through Sports: South Sudan’s First “National Unity Day” and Its Inaugural Olympic Participation” describes the efforts for peace and unity in South Sudan through sports. Dr. Furukawa Mitsuaki, the author of the book, was consistently involved in these efforts when he was the Chief Representative of JICA South Sudan Office. Based on his own experience, he explains why conflicts recur in the nation and why they support the National Unity Days for peace building. He also describes how the road to the first National Unity Day was not an easy one, what happened at the time of evacuation, and what significance Rio 2016 had on the peoples of South Sudan, while sharing some stories from the time.
*Please note that all session times listed below are in CAT
University of Juba, Ministry of Youth and Sports, JICA South Sudan Office
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JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development (Ms. Takahata)
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