Ms. LØj has a “wealth of experience in peacekeeping and international affairs,” according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, having served as his Special Representative and head of UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2008 to 2012. The Danish national previously held a number of senior positions in her Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as her country’s Permanent Representative to the UN.Ms. LØj will now be the Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), following Ms. Johnson, who completed the assignments on 7 July. The Mission was established in 2011, following a UN-supported referendum which led to the independence of South Sudan from Sudan. Political in-fighting in the world’s newest country broke out in mid-December 2013, pitting President Salva Kiir against former Vice President Riek Machar. The fighting turned into a full-fledged conflict that has since then uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.The conflict also sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country, leading the Mission to take the unprecedented decision to open its doors to those seeking protection.In May, the Security Council extended UNMISS until 30 November of this year, and revised its mandate to give priority to the task of protecting civilians and to address the security, humanitarian and political crisis that has gripped the nation for the past several months.
Britain’s busiest airport was targeted by a wave of anger from Chinese Internet users and denounced by state-run media “We hope that this matter can be dealt with appropriately and that no similar case would occur in the future. over allegations that Chinese consumers were being singled out and “ripped off”. A duty free shop at Heathrow Airport has triggered outcry from China after apparently being caught discriminating against the country’s passengers. The accusations emerged after an employee at retailer World Duty Free alleged they had seen the store offer 20 per cent VIP discount vouchers to customers spending £79 or more, while telling passengers travelling to China they had to spend £1,000… read more