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Terrorist groups exploiting COVID-19 in Sahel, UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council

New York: 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.

Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus

New York/IBNS: Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in just the last three weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region.

Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

New York/IBNS: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes.

‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

New York/IBNS: The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region.

Guinea-Bissau spotlights threats of organized crime, Sahel terrorism in speech to UN Assembly

New York: Organized criminal networks continue to pose a threat to Guinea-Bissau and undermine stability in the West African nation, Foreign Minister Suzi Barbosa said in her speech on Saturday to the UN General Assembly.

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

New York: 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.  

‘The time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism

New York, May 17 (IBNS): The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa’s Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeepingofficial said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the strife-torn region’s myriad challenges.  

Sahel crisis reaching unprecedented levels, warn top UN humanitarian officials

New York, May 9 (IBNS): Repeated and increasingly sophisticated armed attacks in the Sahel and food shortages linked to last year’s severe drought, have reached unprecedented levels, putting the future of a “whole generation” at stake, three top UN humanitarian officials said on Wednesday.

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

New York, Jan 11 (IBNS): 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.

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

New York, Dec 21 (IBNS): 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.

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

New York, Nov 14 (IBNS): 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.

In West Africa and the Sahel, signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence: UN

New York, July 18 (IBNS): There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security Council on Tuesday.

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

New York, July 11 (IBNS): 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.

UN condemns deadly attack against G5 Sahel force headquarters in Mali

New York, July 1 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the attack against the G5 Sahel joint force Headquarters in Mali’s restive Mopti region.

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

New York, July 1 (IBNS): 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.