Minister of State Niels Annen will be in New York from 15 to 17 April 2019 for political talks at the United Nations.
The focus of his visit will be on the Security Council meeting that he will chair on 17 April on the UNAMID (African Union‑United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur) peace mission in the Sudan. The Minister of State will also hold high‑level talks at the United Nations on other UN peace missions, human rights, humanitarian assistance and sustainable development.
Minister of State Annen issued the following statement today (15 April) prior to his departure for New York:
Despite UNAMID, the situation in Darfur is difficult. The causes of the conflict have not been resolved, the security situation remains fragile and civilians still need to be protected. Furthermore, almost three million people require humanitarian assistance.
The international community must prevent a relapse in the conflict in Darfur. The German Government is thus supporting the UN’s engagement in the region in a wide range of ways.
Further engagement and perseverance are needed in order to move from peacekeeping to post‑crisis rehabilitation. During its term on the Security Council, Germany will work intensively to bring about a lasting follow‑up civil concept, as protection of the civilian population in Darfur and access for humanitarian aid workers must remain the top priorities.“
As part of wunderbar together, the Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19, Minister of State Annen will also take part in a discussion with students of the City University of New York (CUNY) on the future of Europe at the invitation of the American Council on Germany (ACG).