Former Italian Prime Minister appointed UN envoy for Sahel

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Romano Prodi, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahel region of Africa

The former Prime Minister of Italy, Romano Prodi, has been appointed Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahel region of Africa.

Countries of the North African region stretching from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean are facing turmoil, extreme climatic conditions and fragile economies.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says Mr. Prodi will provide leadership for an effective United Nations and international response to the complex crisis plaguing the countries and people of the Sahel.

"The Special Envoy will undertake good offices on behalf of the Secretary-General, particularly in support of national, regional and international mediation efforts in the sub-region, and especially regarding cross-border and transnational issues. He will help generate, sustain and coordinate international engagement in support of national efforts of Sahelian countries to address this multifaceted crisis, including with an initial focus on Mali."

Duration: 27"

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