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Climate change impacting ‘African communities’ everywhere and their capacity to survive

“If we look at what Lake Chad was and what it is today, we understand that climate change is real, and it needs to be addressed”, the newly-appointed UN Special Representative to the African Union (AU) has told UN News. Based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa since the beginning of January, Ms. Tetteh told Cristina Silveiro what her priorities were for the year ahead.

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Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali

Ten ‘blue helmets’ from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Sunday following a complex terrorist attack against the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, northern Mali. 

Instability in Africa’s Sahel, spreading outwards, Security Council told

Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa’s Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday.

Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’– UN peacekeeping chief

Africa’s crisis-torn Sahel region needs support from the international community “now more than ever,” the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on Thursday.

Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum

To build a sustainable peace in Africa’s Sahel region, “urgent attention” is needed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure that communities have access to sufficient opportunities, a joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission highlighted on Tuesday.

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.