Diplomacy – The Race for Peace
The humanitarian disaster in Sudan’s Darfur region is still far-reaching and devastating, despite great international attention. The region is still waiting for the deployment of peacekeeping forces, and the human cost of the delay is 7,000 lives each month.
In 2005, the United Nations Security Council adopted a new doctrine, which was meant to protect the world’s populations from genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing. This doctrine is put to the test in Darfur, which is called the worst place on Earth.
The Security Council’s head office in New York is working at full throttle to get a resolution passed that will ensure peace in the Darfur region. But this is not as simple as one might think. The diplomatic game is complicated and long-winded, and many countries have to agree. There is a long way from thought to action when countries such as China and Russia put a spanner in the works in order to protect their own commercial interests in Sudan. Things are not made easier by the fact that Sudan’s government won’t accept peacekeeping forces to enter the country, for fear of Western colonialization.
The film’s directors Boris Bertram and Rasmus Dinesen have been given unique access behind the scenes of the United Nations’ holy of holies, and we follow three representatives of the Danish UN mission, among others the UN ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj, during the nerve-racking month when Denmark was allowed to join the negotiations with, among others, Kofi Annan. The stakes are high, and time is running out.