Darfur UN peacekeeping chief urges more efforts to include rebels in peace

25 October 2011While important progress has been made in the peace process in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, more needs to be done to bring on board rebel groups who are still fighting the Government, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today. “I call on those parties who have not yet done so to cease hostilities and enter into peace negotiations immediately and without preconditions,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council, referring to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) signed between the Government and one of the rebel groups, the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).Mr. Ladsous was presenting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the joint UN-African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the 23,000-strong force set up in 2008 to help end a war that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes since 2003. As signs of progress, he cited LJM leader Tijani Al Seisi’s arrival in Darfur and his inauguration at the beginning of the week as President of the Darfur Regional Authority, paving the way for the next stage of the DDPD, the establishment of various committees and commissions which are expected to include elements from another group, the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi, which is now fighting the Government again after joining a previous peace effort.Other hold-out groups include the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid, and Mr. Ladsous stressed the vital importance of bringing all groups into the peace process.“We must continue to do all that is in our power to help the Sudanese reach a final and inclusive settlement to this conflict,” he said. “It will be crucial in this regard for the signatory parties to broaden support for the DDPD by working to ensure peace dividends reach the people of Darfur.”Mr. Ladsous noted that ongoing clashes, involving sporadic fighting between Government forces and armed groups as well as deadly attacks against UNAMID patrols, threaten the protection and humanitarian activities of both aid workers and the mission. “I strongly condemn those responsible for the cowardly attack on UNAMID peacekeepers at Zam Zam,” he said, referring to the ambush of a patrol near a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) on 10 October in which three UN peacekeepers were killed.“I call on the Government to fully investigate the incident and to spare no effort in bringing those responsible to justice.” read more

Finance Minister Joe Oliver names Jeremy Rudin new OSFI superintendent

Finance Minister Joe Oliver names Jeremy Rudin new OSFI superintendent by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2014 2:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government has named Finance Department official Jeremy Rudin as the new policeman for financial institutions in Canada, replacing Julie Dickson whose seven-year term is expiring.The choice of Rudin, currently assistant deputy minister in the financial sector policy branch, was a bit of a surprise in that he has kept a low profile since joining the public service in 1993.One name that had been touted as a possible next head of the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions was Andrew Kriegler, currently deputy superintendent of the supervision section at the agency.But analysts said Rudin enjoyed a solid reputation at Finance and was regarded as a potential deputy minister.“Jeremy Rudin is a distinguished public servant. He has extensive direct experience in the oversight of financial institutions, financial system stability and financial markets,” Finance Minister Joe Oliver said in announcing the appointment Friday.“He played an important role in Canada’s response to the global financial crisis. These skills and knowledge will be an asset in this critical position.”Rudin will assume is new role on June 29.Royal Bank assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said Rudin has big shoes to fill since Dickson was highly regarded in the financial community for helping steer the country’s banks through the 2008-09 financial crisis, as well as beginning to implement the Basel committee reforms for financial institutions. She was also known to have had the ear of the late finance minister Jim Flaherty.“Certainly she managed OSFI extremely well during those trying times. OSFI was called on to do so much more (than in the past) and she was there to her part,” Ferley said.Under Dickson’s direction, OSFI not only ensured that Canadian banks met the new Basel III capital buffer requirements, but at times went beyond them, and did so prior to the international timetable.For that she got some heat that Canadian banks were being placed at a competitive disadvantage to international rivals, but she never made any apologies. Internationally, the Canadian banking system has been cited on several occasions as the soundest in the world.“Her mission was to de-risk the system and she did that,” said CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal.There’s more work to do, he added, noting that the co-called shadow banking system of non-regulated financial institutions has been growing and taking on some of the risk vacated by the banks.Overall, Tal said Rudin is taking charge of an OSFI that is a much bigger player on the financial scene than it was when Dickson took over in 2007.Aside from its role overseeing banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions, Flaherty had asked OSFI to also keep an eye on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.According to a brief biography supplied by the government, Rudin graduated with a PhD in economics from Stanford University and taught at the University of British Columbia and Queen’s University before joining the finance department in 1993. He also worked at the Bank of Canada. read more