sahel

Sun beating down on Africa’s Sahel could provide 70 per cent of world’s electricity needs

Around 70 per cent of the world’s electricity needs could be provided by solar power in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the recently launched UN Support Plan for the region. Rachel Kyte, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, believes that the Sahel is on the “cusp of a revolution” where solar can provide electricity to communities on and off the regional grid. She spoke to UN News’s Daniel Dickinson in Niger, one of the countries in the Support Plan.

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Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears

Women across Africa’s Sahel region can be agents for a “new paradigm” for peacebuilding and development that benefits all people there, the United Nations Security Council heard on Tuesday.

Women’s leadership 'critical' to future of Niger

The role of women in leadership positions is critical to the future of a peaceful Niger according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. 

UN launches plan to promote peace, inclusive growth in Africa’s Sahel

The United Nations has launched a major support plan to promote sustainable peace and inclusive growth as well as empower women and youth in Africa's vast Sahel region.

Africa’s Sahel must be a top priority for UN peacebuilding efforts, says commission

The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges – including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime – must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday. 

Funding boost for Sahel’s drought-stricken farmers and herders

A near $10 million aid boost has been given to the Sahel’s drought-stricken farmers and herders, thanks to Sweden, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced.

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News in Brief 31 May 2018

  • Rising concern over besieged city in eastern Libya
  • New aid for drought-stricken families in Africa’s Sahel region
  • Syria: UN voices concern over well-being of 130,000 people displaced from Afrin
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News in Brief 30 May 2018

  • On second day in Mali, UN chief visits regional counter-terrorism force base
  • A generation of self-empowered youth ‘superheroes’ can change the world, UN forum told
  • Some 160 Somali migrants return from Libya: IOM
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News in Brief 24 May 2018

  • UN chief launches new disarmament agenda to secure ‘our world and our future’
  • HIV/AIDS costing billions in lost earnings, says new UN report
  • UN releases new money to combat escalating humanitarian needs in the Sahel
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UN agencies urge global action as drought looms over Africa’s Sahel region

United Nations agencies have urged greater international support to stave off severe food insecurity in Africa’s western Sahel; a region reeling from the effects of conflict and now threatened by drought and rising hunger.