sahel

Africa climate change report reveals heat rising north and south, Sahel getting wetter

Africa needs to prepare better for climate change by responding to a wide range of potential risks, a multi-agency report led by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, the first in a series of continent-by-continent assessments.

News in Brief 20 October 2020

  • UN rights chief urges India to safeguard rights of NGOs, activists
  • Central Sahel humanitarian needs at 'breaking point': Guterres
  • UNHCR and partners to hold donor conference for Rohingya refugees
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UN chief appeals for urgent action to reverse ‘downward spiral’ in Central Sahel

The world must act now to reverse the situation in Africa’s central Sahel region, where humanitarian needs are at “a breaking point”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level conference on Tuesday to address the burgeoning crisis. 

Violence, COVID-19, contribute to rising humanitarian needs in the Sahel

A surge in armed violence, coupled with the economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to worsening conditions for children in the Central Sahel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. 

News in Brief 24 September 2020

  • UN chief’s concern for mariners’ ‘humanitarian and safety’ crisis  
  • Flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence 
  • Colombia’s indigenous peoples ‘on threshold of genocide’ 
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Reversing land degradation can ‘pre-empt and manage’ conflicts

To help prevent conflicts and at the same time protect the planet, “we all must tackle environmental degradation”, a top UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.

News in Brief 18 August 2020

  • Death Valley reading, likely record highest temperature since 1931 
  • Sahel protection crisis sees one million displaced in Burkina Faso
  • Halt all evictions until COVID-19 pandemic ends
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News in Brief 23 June 2020

  • Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle: WMO
  • 600 million South Asian children at risk from COVID-19, says UNICEF
  • UN migration agency appeals for funding to help 460,000 people in central Sahel
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Terrorist groups exploiting COVID-19 in Sahel, UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council

COVID-19 is complicating an already complex security situation in the Sahel, with terrorist groups exploiting the pandemic as they step up attacks on national and international forces, the UN’s peacekeeping chief said on Friday.

Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security

Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.