Fresh momentum needed to kickstart slow-down in peace process in South Sudan

Fresh momentum must be injected into South Sudan’s peace process to stop citizens from becoming disillusioned by delays and to hold elections on time, the UN’s top envoy to South Sudan told the Security Council on Wednesday. During the briefing to the Security Council, David Shearer, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, said that COVID-19 had slowed implementation of the peace agreement but is not entirely to blame for…

Court Ruling Shines Spotlight on Temporary Protected Status for Some Immigrants

A federal appeals court has given the Trump administration a green light to end humanitarian protections the United States has provided to about 300,000 immigrants from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador. Monday’s ruling by the 9th Circuit Appeals Court affects individuals from the four nations who received Temporary Protective Status (TPS), extending their ability to remain in the United States. Many have lived a significant portion of their lives in America and have U.S.-born children. What is TPS immigration Status?  TPS is a form of humanitarian…

Compensation Disparity Riles Victims of 1998 US Embassy Bombings

Doreen Oport was on a tea break when she heard the blast. A 15-year employee of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, she said she wasn’t fazed by the sound at first. She thought it was a tire bursting on a busy street. Moments later she felt the unmistakable force of a detonation nearby. She would later learn that the first sound was a grenade, thrown at guards outside…

COVID-19 impacts driving up acute hunger in countries already in food crisis

New York - The Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) today held a high-level event to present a review of the most recent global data available on how the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are driving up acute hunger in vulnerable countries that were already wracked by food crises even before the novel coronavirus arrived on the scene. The meeting was also important for international resource partners and relevant…

Situation in Darfur Volatile as Attacks on Civilians Increase, Chair of 1591 Committee Tells Security Council

Sudan’s representative once again urged the Security Council, during a videoconference meeting on 15 September, to lift the sanctions that it imposed on Khartoum over the conflict in Darfur, as the 15-member organ took up the latest report of its Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005). The representative of Estonia, acting in his capacity as Chair of the Committee, briefed Council members on the 90-day report in the wake of a peace…

UN chief: COVID-19 vaccine must be affordable and available to all

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues to top a long list of global concerns, the UN chief told journalists on Wednesday, noting that “the grimmest of milestones” is upon us.   “The outbreak remains out of control”, Secretary-General António Guterres declared in his press conference ahead of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Week, noting that soon one million lives will be “lost to the virus”.     Recognizing that many…

South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along’, UN envoy tells Security Council

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along”, the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday.   David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), updated ambassadors on the country’s ongoing political and security situations, which are unfolding amid the…