US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will travel to Ethiopia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from this Tuesday up to Friday.

Haley will witness first-hand the UN operations addressing the conflict and devastation in these countries, including visits with UN peacekeeping missions and UN agencies providing humanitarian aid.

The US is essential to many of the UN’s work.

More than 20% of contributions to the United Nations come from the United States of America.

It is also one of five permanent members of the Security Council – others being the United Kingdom, France, China and Russia – that hold the power to impose a veto on the council’s resolutions.

A visit by the US Ambassador is crucial in how the international body will approach Africa’s hotspots.

– By Nthakoana Ngatane