UN envoy hears concerns about the Sahel region

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A child stands by a dried up riverbed in Niger

The UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi has been meeting with leaders and members of civil society in the Sahel region of Africa.

During his three day-visit to Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger, Mr. Prodi was joined by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit.

Vannina Maestracci, who is travelling with Mr. Prodi says the discussions have been around the challenges that the Sahel is facing and possible ideas for a way forward.

"He really wants to make sure that he is listening to the concerns of all of those who are affected by the challenges in the region. This is part of his ongoing discussions and exchanges he is having on the Sahel region and part of the efforts that is occurring right now to develop a regional strategy for the Sahel." (17")

Mr. Prodi is also participating in the two-day international conference on regional development and security issues which started in Niger’s capital, Niamey on Friday.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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