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Greater Sahel: USG Lowcock remarks on how to avert a looming tragedy

13 Oct 2020

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A young resident at a UN-supported settlement in Barsologho in the north of Burkina Faso. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today spoke virtually at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Paris, on the situation in the greater Sahel region.

Mr. Lowcock highlighted the devastating effects of the convergence of conflict and insecurity, weak governance, chronic underdevelopment and poverty, demographic pressures and climate change on the people of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger and the north-east of Nigeria.

In March 2019, just over 4 million people were displaced across the region, just under 10 million were food insecure, and more than 22 million needed humanitarian assistance.

Today, 18 months later, displacement has increased by 25 per cent, food insecurity by 40 per cent and the numbers in need of humanitarian assistance by 50 per centOn .

On 20 October, the UN, together with Germany, Denmark and the EU, will host a high-level conference on the Central Sahel. Leaders from the region and around the world will come together to pledge funds and make concrete policy commitments.