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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: St. Maarten, Hurricane Irma Strengthens to Category 5; Curfew and Shelter Information

The U.S. Consulate General Curacao alerts U.S. citizens that Hurricane Irma has strengthened to an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane. The current track of Hurricane Irma brings the eye of the storm directly over Sint Maarten Tuesday evening into Wednesday with sustained winds of 180 mph, gusts over 200 mph, and storm surge in excess of 10 feet. U.S. citizens should take shelter in concrete buildings on higher ground away from the coast.

The Government of Sint Maarten has released the following update:

[BEGIN TEXT]

CURFEW GOES INTO EFFECT AT 6:00 PM

7 SHELTERS OPENING AT 4:00 PM

� New Testament Baptist Church (Philipsburg),

� Sr. Marie Laurence School (Middle Region),

� Dutch Quarter Community Center (Dutch Quarter),

� Belvedere Community Center (Belvedere),

� Rupert I. Maynard Youth Community Center (St. Peters);

� National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA, Cay Hill),

� Christian Fellowship Church (Cole Bay),

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: St. Maarten, Hurricane Irma Strengthens to Category 5; Curfew and Shelter Information

The U.S. Consulate General Curacao alerts U.S. citizens that Hurricane Irma has strengthened to an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane. The current track of Hurricane Irma brings the eye of the storm directly over Sint Maarten Tuesday evening into Wednesday with sustained winds of 180 mph, gusts over 200 mph, and storm surge in excess of 10 feet. U.S. citizens should take shelter in concrete buildings on higher ground away from the coast.

The Government of Sint Maarten has released the following update:

[BEGIN TEXT]

CURFEW GOES INTO EFFECT AT 6:00 PM

7 SHELTERS OPENING AT 4:00 PM

� New Testament Baptist Church (Philipsburg),

� Sr. Marie Laurence School (Middle Region),

� Dutch Quarter Community Center (Dutch Quarter),

� Belvedere Community Center (Belvedere),

� Rupert I. Maynard Youth Community Center (St. Peters);

� National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA, Cay Hill),

� Christian Fellowship Church (Cole Bay),

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council

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‘Sustaining peace’ strategy must cover entire peace continuum – UN deputy chief

Addressing how best United Nations peacekeeping operations can augment global efforts to sustain peace, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has said that the nature of today’s challenges requires seamless work across peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

Peacekeeping operations need clear, realistic and up-to-date mandates, with well-identified priorities, adequate sequencing and flexibility to evolve over time, Ms. Mohammed told the Security Council during an open debate on ‘peacekeeping operations and sustaining peace.’

Coherence, complementarity and collaboration between UN peace and security efforts and its development and humanitarian work are also essential for preventing conflict and mitigating risks, fostering more sustainable outcomes and ensuring that no one is left behind, she added.

‘Sustaining peace’ is a term that emerged from the 2015 review of the UN peacebuilding architecture. In their resolutions on the review, the Security Council and the General Assembly defined sustaining peace as a goal and a process to build a common vision of a society [] which encompasses activities aimed at preventing, the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict.

Implementing the Sustaining Peace Agenda requires an inclusive strategy that supports the diverse range of our missions and takes account of the entire peace continuum, from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and long-term development, Ms. Mohammed said, underscoring the vital role the Security Council plays.

In this regard, she added, the reform of the UN system has been designed to reinforce the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustaining Peace Agenda.

We must work together across silos and address the humanitarian-development-peace nexus as well as the root causes of violence and conflict, she said.

The debate also explored how peacekeeping operations can adapt to changing political and operational challenges through the various stages of UN missions’ engagement and how they can be designed around support for building inclusive and effective national institutions and strengthening national capacities.

Sustaining peace can only be achieved through a broader vision of prevention, she stressed, adding that prevention measures and peace processes must be driven by national leadership and inclusive ownership that recognize the needs and contributions of all segments of society, including women and youth as agents of development and peace.

The complexity of current conflicts requires a multi-dimensional approach that prioritizes a range of initiatives, including providing crucial protection for civilians under threat and strengthening institutions, as well as the rule of law to enable respect for human rights to be strengthened at all levels.

Sustaining peace can only be achieved through a broader vision of prevention UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed

They require disarmament, demobilization and the reintegration of armed groups, and a focus on justice and reconciliation, credible elections and the extension of legitimate and accountable State authority.

In many ways, one of peacekeeping’s most important contributions to peace is the preparation for a smooth and effective peacekeeping drawdown and handover to the UN Country Team, as seen recently in successful examples of this in Cote d’Ivoire and soon in Liberia.

To ensure that we are on the right peacebuilding track, we must get the politics right, the Deputy Secretary-General said.

Peacekeeping operations are political instruments that ideally accompany a locally-owned peace process. To this end, missions provide good offices and work closely with different parties and communities to achieve and implement peace agreements.

In considering all these areas, a broader and more sustained level of engagement by the members of a united and strong Security Council � individually or collectively � is essential to ensure that Member States, the UN system, and all our partners are aligned behind a common purpose and a common vision for action that integrates all pillars of the UN and bring all its activities together in a truly integrated fashion, Ms. Mohammed concluded.

Source: UN News Centre

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Delhi (India), Post-Verdict Security

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens in New Delhi, Haryana and Punjab to exercise caution and track local news reporting regarding civil unrest related to the Friday verdict in the court case of the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda spiritual organizat…

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nairobi (Kenya), Kenyan Election Announcement

The Kenyan Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision on the Presidential petition on Friday, September 1. The announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout Nairobi and in other areas of Kenya. We strongly advise that…

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nairobi (Kenya), Kenyan Election Announcement

The Kenyan Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision on the Presidential petition on Friday, September 1. The announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout Nairobi and in other areas of Kenya. We strongly advise that…

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Madrid (Spain), Planned Demonstrations for August 25 – September 1

DEMONSTRATIONS PLANNED FOR AUGUST 25 � SEPTEMBER 01, 2017

Planned and spontaneous demonstrations take place in Spain, especially in Madrid and Barcelona, in response to economic or other events. If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, the U.S. Embassy suggests that you avoid the area. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

The Government Delegation in Madrid has authorized the following demonstrations:

08/25/17

19:00 � 02:00

Asociacion Kellys Union Madrid

In support of rights for hotel cleaning staff

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

08/25/17

19:30 � 1:00

Foro Madrid contra la Violencia a las Mujeres

To claim effective measures against gender violence

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

08/25/17

21:00 � 03:00

Lidia Sanchez Canelada

To bear witness to the Gospel of Christ

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

08/26/17

17:30 � 04:30

Lidia Sanchez Canelada

To bear witness to the Gospel of Christ

Plaza Cibeles, Alcala, Gran Via, Plaza EspaAa, Plaza Callao, Puerta del Sol, Madrid

08/27/17

18:30 � 03:30

Lidia Sanchez Canelada

To bear witness to the Gospel of Christ

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

08/30/17

10:30 � 4:00

Margarita Perez Garcia

For the victims of stolen children

Plaza de las Cortes, Madrid

08/31/17

20:00 � 01:00

Plataforma de Victimas contra la impunidad del Franquismo

Against Franco’s Impunity

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

09/01/17

20:30 � 01:00

Cesar Lopez Ramirez

In protest of laws that go against human rights

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Seoul (South Korea), Rallies August 26

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul informs U.S. citizens that a pro-former President Park group is planning to stage a large-scale rally in Seoul on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Supporters plan to rally at Hyehwa Station (near SNU Hospital). The rally is schedu…

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