Sahel Region

Serious concerns over Sahel, require ‘urgent action’: Senior UN Africa official

The situation in Africa’s Sahel region continues to be “of serious concern and urgent action is needed”, a high-level United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, attributing a rising number of attacks to terrorist armed groups.

‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel puts whole generation at risk, warns UN food agency

Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said.

UN chief urges scaled up response for peace, across troubled Sahel’s region

Humanitarian and development responses for Mali and Africa’s wider Sahel region “are falling short”, and support must be scaled up to ensure a hopeful future for its people, the Secretary-General told world leaders at a special high level meeting inside UN Headquarters on Wednesday.  

Successful elections and ‘political dialogues’ push democracy forward in West Africa and the Sahel

Progress has been made in consolidating democracy in West Africa and the Sahel, according to the United Nation’s Special Representative in the region on Wednesday, who cited successful elections and “political dialogues” as part of the advances made.

More attacks, ‘persisting security challenges’ threaten progress in West Africa, Sahel

A rising number of attacks by extremist groups, using more sophisticated tactics, risk undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday.

FROM THE FIELD: Children in Lake Chad Basin attend school with help from UN-backed fund

Some 3.5 million children living in the Lake Chad Basin in Africa’s Sahel region do not have access to education according to the UN-backed Education Cannot Wait fund.

News in Brief 15 November 2018

  • Strong, coordinated measures needed to stem terrorism in Sahel
  • Yemen: The worst humanitarian crisis on earth
  • Plunging temperatures in Ukraine underscore need for humanitarian support
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Sahel not ‘land of misery but land of opportunities’

The Sahel region of Africa should not be considered a ‘land of misery’ but rather a ‘land of opportunities,’ according to the United Nations Special Adviser for the Sahel.   For this special edition of our UN and Africa podcast, Daniel Dickinson reports from the Sahel and talks to the UN's Ibrahim Thiaw, the man with the daunting task of turning ideas, into action.

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