Madhav Joshi

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As world leaders meet virtually for the 2020 U.N. General Assembly, the U.N. Security Council will hold a high-level summit Sept. 24 to discuss the maintenance of international peace and security after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

In March, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called for a global cease-fire so the world could focus on battling the coronavirus pandemic. In July, after months of political disagreement, the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2532, calling for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” and “a durable humanitarian pause … to enable the safe, unhindered and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance” in all ongoing conflicts to combat the pandemic.…  Seguir leyendo »

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrives for the opening session Feb. 9 of the 33rd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP)

Next week, the signatories of South Sudan’s 2018 peace agreement are due to form a unity government. Since the parties have twice delayed forming this government, there has been a flurry of attention on the Feb. 22 deadline from local, regional and other governments. Unlike the previous deadlines, the parties face the additional difficulty of coping with a natural disaster.

Since July, nearly 1 million South Sudanese have been directly affected by flooding. In 2020, food experts predict 5.5 million people in South Sudan will lack sufficient food, in part as a result of the floods destroying crops.

These floods put South Sudan at risk of a large-scale humanitarian disaster — and they come at a critical juncture in the country’s peace process.…  Seguir leyendo »