UN resets Sahel strategy – Official

Sahel region on map [Photo Credit: ThingLink]

Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, says the world body has reset its action plan to address the root causes of the complex crisis in Africa’s Sahel.

The UN deputy chief regretted that the Sahel region is now home to one out of five people worldwide requiring humanitarian assistance.

“The Sahel is a priority for the Secretary-General and the entire United Nations system,” the Deputy Secretary-General said at a conference being held in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

The conference is to discuss strategies to tackle the Sahel crisis, which leaves 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance this year.

A largely semi-arid region, the Sahel stretches from Senegal on Africa’s Atlantic coast, through parts of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Sudan to Eritrea on the Red Sea coast.

It is plagued by the increasing threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism and its spread in surrounding countries and regions.

This is compounded – or caused – by weak development progress in the Sahel and the impacts of climate change on food supplies, migration flows and conflict over land and resources.

“The complexity and multi-dimensional nature of these challenges attest to the necessity to respond collectively to the Sahel crisis, and in a more coherent, comprehensive and integrated manner,” Ms Mohammed explained.


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These challenges, she said, promoted changes to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel to better meet the needs of the 10 countries in the region.

She listed five key priorities on addressing the root causes of the crisis: inclusive and equitable growth; and public good services, including access to basic service, governance and rule of law;

Others are climate and energy; gender equality and women’s empowerment; and security, including preventing violent extremism, transnational crime and human trafficking.

According to her, empowering youth is an overall priority.


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