World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Sudan: Looming humanitarian catastrophe, warns UN

UN official warns Security Council of looming humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan

The situation in Sudan’s western Darfur region has deteriorated severely over the past six months, the top United Nations refugee official told the UN Security Council today, warning of calamity there and in other parts of the country unless bold measures are taken soon.

“Today, violence and impunity – never completely in check – are again everyday occurrences in Darfur. Humanitarian workers are regularly cut off from the displaced and those they are trying to help,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said in his address to the 15-member body.

He said the violence was spilling over the border into Chad, where the UNHCR cares for many of the 200,000 Sudanese refugees, and appealed to the Council to pressure all the parties in Darfur to agree on a peace deal, a necessary precondition for reconciliation there.

In Southern Sudan, where a peace agreement was signed a year ago, he said the situation remains fragile as tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people start returning to a region without infrastructure.

“Massive economic and political support to the transition is necessary now – not when everything is in place and all the rules of conditionality are met. By then it could be too late,” he warned.

Mr. Guterres told the Security Council that he also believed the situation in Eastern Sudan, which has been largely out of the spotlight, was deteriorating steadily due partly to migration away from troubles in neighboring Ethiopia and Eritrea.

In summing up the Sudan situation in regard to refugees, he said that, during the aftermath of crises – the period when refugees return home – the lack of a smooth transition from relief to development “ranks as one of the international community’s most consistent failures.”

For that reason, he applauded the General Assembly’s recent decision to create a Peacebuilding Commission, which was supported by both Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the 2005 World Summit, and which would coordinate the development of countries emerging from conflict.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC