Daily Archives: August 28, 2016

Africa: Special Envoy Booth To Travel to Sudan

Special Envoy Booth To Travel to Sudan

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
August 28, 2016

The U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth, will visit Sudan from August 28 to September 1. In addition to his official meetings in Khartoum, Special Envoy Booth will visit Blue Nile State on August 29.

As he did in his July 26-28 visit to Darfur, Special Envoy Booth plans to engage with a range of people in Blue Nile State affected by conflict. He will meet with Sudanese government officials, civil society, community leaders, and the staff of international organizations and looks forward to open discussion and unimpeded exchanges.

The United States remains deeply committed to the Sudanese people. Through visits like this, the Special Envoy will continue to engage constructively with the Government of Sudan and all parties to realize inclusive dialogue and a peaceful and stable Sudan.

Follow the Special Envoy on Twitter @SUSSESSS and @USEmbassyKRT.

Minister Wilson-Raybould Visits New Zealand to Meet Prime Minister John Key and Learn About Justice System

August 28, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

Canada and New Zealand share a common historical heritage and many current challenges including how the two justice systems serve their people.

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould began an official trip to New Zealand that will include meetings with the Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key, the Attorney General, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Health, senior members of the Judiciary, the Mayor of Christchurch, and Māori leaders. Minister Wilson-Raybould was invited to represent Canada as part of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Fellowship Program.

Topics to be discussed during her bilateral meetings include the criminal justice system, the Canadian inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, how the criminal justice system addresses gaps in services to Indigenous peoples, and the over representation of Indigenous people as both accused and victims in the criminal justice system.

Minister Wilson-Raybould will take the opportunity to conduct a round-table meeting with government officials on justice-related issues. She will also meet with Waitangi Tribunal Members, Ngai Tahu leaders on the South Island, and will travel to the Te Urewera territory to meet with Tuhoe leadership.

Quick Facts

  • Canada has been a participating country in the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Fellowship Program since 2010.
  • Canada and New Zealand have a close historic relationship on matters of security and justice and are both members of the Quintet of Attorneys General and Justice Ministers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • New Zealand has taken steps to reduce the high rates of incarceration of indigenous offenders in its jurisdiction through an enhanced reliance upon restorative justice approaches.


“I am fortunate to participate in the Fellowship Program of the Prime Minister of New Zealand. I look forward to learning how New Zealand’s criminal justice system works and hope to bring home to Canada a new perspective on how another country’s legal system serves its people as Canada engages in a comprehensive criminal justice system review.”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


  • Joanne Ghiz
    Office of the Minister of Justice
  • Media Relations
    Department of Justice

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Press Releases: Special Envoy for Climate Change Travel to Cairo, Dubai, New Delhi, and Mumbai

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing travels August 27 – September 4 to Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and India.

On August 27-29, Special Envoy Pershing travels to Cairo, Egypt and Dubai, United Arab Emirates where he meets with government officials in both countries to discuss next steps to address global climate change, including: rapid entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement, implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions, mobilizing private sector finance for low-carbon climate resilient solutions and clean energy, and climate adaptation and resilience. With this year’s UNFCCC annual climate conference, COP-22, being held in Morocco in November, it is an important opportunity to highlight and encourage continued commitment to the climate agenda from leaders across Africa and the Middle East.

On August 29, Special Envoy Pershing will travel to New Delhi, India for the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) to discuss opportunities for continued leadership by both sides in implementing the Paris Agreement and in other multilateral climate fora as well as the importance of climate and clean energy cooperation in the U.S.-India relationship. Special Envoy Pershing will co-chair the U.S.-India Joint Working Group on Combating Climate Change on August 31 on the margins of the S&CD to review the progress made in the bilateral relationship on climate resilience, air quality, forestry, capacity building and clean energy, and to discuss opportunities for future collaboration in support of shared climate priorities.

On September 2, Special Envoy Pershing will travel to Mumbai, India for meetings with members of the finance sector on how to catalyze investment in clean energy.

The IGAD Executive Secretary Meets a High Level Delegation from Canada

On August 11, 2016 the Executive Secretary of IGAD, H.E Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim received a high level delegation of the Government of Canada led by H.E. Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defense. The Minister was accompanied by, H.E. Mr. Philip Baker, Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the African Union, H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, Justice Louise Arbour, L Gen. (Retired) Romeo Dallaire, and other seven members of the delegation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss peace and security issues in the region in general with particular focus on South Sudan, Counter Terrorism, and Peace Support Operations. H.E. Amb. Maalim welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the various peace and security issues and the major peace processes in the Region including South Sudan and Somalia. On Terrorism, the Executive Secretary extensively briefed the Mission about the security threats posed by Al Shabaab and the efforts countries in the Region have been making for several years including the on-going process to establish a regional CVE center. He also highlighted on the peace support operations hosted in the region that includes the missions in Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan i.e. the Darfur mission.

H.E. Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defense appreciated the briefing, as it was useful to forge IGAD-Canada relationships in a more focused manner based on the common concerns. Further exchanges of ideas were made mainly on the role IGAD countries play in peace support missions and the capability needed to tackle transnational security threats.

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Finally, it was suggested that the two sides continue discussions at a technical level to come up with concrete cooperation areas within the peace and security framework. H.E. Amb. Maalim also offered an invitation to the IGAD Headquarters in Djibouti and requested Canada to accredit an Ambassador to IGAD for a stronger cooperation. (END)

Devon hen party has to be rescued after boat gets stuck on river…

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A bridesmaid who wanted a ‘low key’ hen do came unstuck – after the whole party had to be RESCUED by the RNLI.

The four women were saved from the River Dart in South Devon after their boat became stuck in mud.

Fire crews, coastguard teams from Dartmouth and Teignmouth, the Dartmouth inshore lifeboat and police were called at 7.48pm on Saturday after it aground.

An RNLI spokesperson confirmed that the women were travelling down the river to spend the evening in Dartmouth when they got into difficulty.

“The party were cold but otherwise unhurt,” said the spokesperson.”They came back to the lifeboat station for a warm drink and to meet and thank the lifeboat crew.

“The girls were on a hen party and the irony is that the bride to be had requested a ‘no fuss and low key day’.

“The hens who had arranged the day thought an afternoon afloat on the beautiful River Dart would set the mood for dinner in Dartmouth in the evening.

“Best laid plans and all of that. I don’t think they will ever forget the hen party.”

The hen do was made up of Buster Hart, Harry Eaton, Ann, Amy (bride to be), Laura, Natalie and Jamie Mathys

After receiving the call just after 7.45pm, the Coastguard Search and Rescue Team led by Andy Pound requested the RNLI and fire service to assist the stranded party-goers.

Mud mats were deployed by the emergency services to get the casualties off the hire boat and into the lifeboat.

The police transferred the mud mats to the lifeboat crew who positioned them as directed.

The lifeboat crew picked up and transferred two fireman trained in mud rescue, and two members of the Coastguard Search and Rescue Team, to the mud mats.

Two of the casualties were then transferred to the lifeboat via the mud mats and taken to Sand Quay Lifeboat Station.

The lifeboat returned to the scene to pick up the remaining two casualties and reunite them with their friends.

Dart RNLI added that they would like to wish the hen a very happy wedding day.

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