U.S. delegation cancels visit on bilateral relations to Khartoum

(KHARTOUM) - U.S. delegation that was due to visit Khartoum on Thursday has abruptly cancelled its trip to Khartoum, Sudan Tribune learnt on Wednesday."A delegation from the U.S. National Security Council has cancelled consultations meeting with Sudanese officials related to activating agreements and discussing ways to develop bilateral cooperation between the two countries," a Sudanese official told the Sudan Tribune under anonymity.The meeting was scheduled weeks ago, also the parties…

UN:?200,000 Refugees Could Flee Ethiopia for Sudan Over Next 6-12 Months

The United Nations says up to 200,000 refugees could cross into Sudan from Ethiopia in the next six to 12 months, fleeing conflict in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray.The U.N. said 1,896 refugees crossed the border Wednesday, with a total of 33,000 since the conflict erupted two weeks ago.Among the refugees are Guesh Weldemhret, his wife and two young children, who were forced by heavy shelling to flee their…

UNMISS engineers construct new dyke to protect Bor residents from floods

Engineering troops serving with the the United Nations Mission in South Sudan are constructing a second dyke to protect residents in Bor from the floods that have plagued Jonglei State over the last few months.“The situation in Bor municipality is critical. At the same time, I am equally concerned about the population in Pibor and elsewhere, because they are also suffering from floods caused by a runoff of rain water…

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani Before Their Meeting

MODERATOR: Excellencies, welcome. Please take your seats. Prime Minister, please.PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Thank you. Secretary of State Pompeo, my dear friend Mike, it’s always a pleasure to see you in Jerusalem. Foreign Minister Dr. Al Zayani, it’s a pleasure to see you again, and it’s a tremendous pleasure to welcome you for the first time ever in Jerusalem. Under Secretary for International Affairs Shaikh Al Khalifa, our dear friend the…

Third Committee Approves 12 Drafts on Organ Donation, Rights to Privacy, Development, amid Sparring over Death Penalty Moratorium

In a full day of action, held in person, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved 12 draft resolutions, including 8 on human rights questions and 2 on crime prevention.The Committee approved — without a vote — a draft aimed at strengthening effective measures and international cooperation on organ donation and transplantation to prevent and combat trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal. By its terms, the…

Speakers Seek Details on Efficiency, Cost Benefits of Restructured Peace, Security Architecture, as Fifth Committee Reviews Progress in Implementation

Speakers today urged the Secretariat to closely track the efficiency and cost benefits gained from the massive restructuring of the United Nations peace and security architecture into two main departments — the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and the Department of Peace Operations — as the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) reviewed progress in implementing the reform begun in January 2019.The representative of Mali, who spoke for the African…

In Niger, UN deputy chief spotlights women and youth, visits flood zone

The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed arrived in Niger on Wednesday for the second stop of her “solidarity visit” to West Africa and the Sahel.There are several site visits planned for this leg of the mission, but most meetings will be held virtually, in line with COVID-19 protocols. On her first day in Niger, Ms. Mohammed met by video conference with President Mahamadou Issoufou, whose term expires at the end…