The ongoing conflicts in Sudan and the re-formation of the janjaweed militias threaten the country's stability and that of the region, writes Ahmed Hussain Adam of Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. "There is a common interest in putting Sudan on a path to prosperity. And a wider regional stability, including oil-producing South Sudan, is also at stake," he writes.
The United Nations Security Council says it plans to take "appropriate measures" against the South Sudan government and rebels if violence isn't stopped and peace talks aren't restarted. The Security Council is "alarmed" by reports that both sides are continuing to purchases weapons despite a June deal to cease such buys.
Women, especially those in poor countries, know the importance of a sustainable environment, and their expertise needs to be part of policy-making and management, writes Lakshmi Puri, deputy executive director at UN Women.