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With West Africa at 'crossroads,' UN envoy urges coordinated efforts to tackle instability

Coordinated efforts and enhanced regional and international cooperation are key to address the myriad sources of instability in West Africa, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today.

Mano River countries and partners agree on need to develop security strategy – UN

Four West African countries, along with United Nations and regional officials, have agreed on the need to develop a joint security strategy for an area that is blessed with natural resources but has been plagued by challenges such as cross-border crime and trafficking.

In visit to Guinea, UN envoy works for calm and dialogue ahead of elections

The United Nations envoy for West Africa met today with a range of Guinean stakeholders to explore ways to resume inclusive political dialogue in the interest of the peaceful preparation and conduct of upcoming legislative elections.

UN peacekeepers agree with Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia to strengthen security

Two United Nations peacekeeping missions and the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia today agreed to mutually reinforce security along the border in light of recent attacks against neighbouring villages and towns, and to conduct joint riverine and land border patrols.

At UN meeting, West African States address threats to human rights

Civil society members, academics and intergovernmental organizations today gathered at a United Nations meeting in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss new threats to human rights in West Africa.

West African stability still endangered by global traffickers, warns new UN report

Cocaine trafficking, the smuggling of migrants, and the trafficking of fraudulent pharmaceuticals are among the numerous damaging illegal activities perpetrated by transnational organized crime syndicates which continue to fuel instability across West Africa, a new United Nations report released today has warned.

At meeting, heads of UN peace operations stress key role of cooperation in resolving West Africa crises

The critical role of cooperation at local, regional and international levels in addressing the numerous peace and security problems in West Africa was highlighted today at a meeting of the heads of United Nations peace missions in the region.

Amid diverse challenges, continued support for West Africa remains critical – UN envoy

While significant progress has been made over the past years in promoting and consolidating peace in West Africa, the continued attention and support of the United Nations remains critical, according to the world body’s top envoy for the region.

During West African trip, Security Council hears testimonies of Ivorian refugees

On the latest leg of their mission to West Africa, the fifteen members of the Security Council today heard from Ivorian refugees who relayed their stories of survival and expressed their concerns.

Security Council to visit Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone

The members of the United Nations Security Council will leave New York on Friday for an official mission to West Africa.