UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, welcomes timely support by Japan

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Mr. Romano Prodi, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Sahel. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The decision by the government of Japan to pledge $1 billion in aid to the Sahel region has been welcomed by the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Mr Romano Prodi.

In a statement Tuesday, Prodi says the support of the Japanese government is timely and vital for a region which is facing huge security, development and economic challenges.

He says the fragile situation in the Sahel as demonstrated by recent terrorist attacks in Niger and porous borders across the region, show that the international community needs to act fast and remain engaged so that we do not have a repeat of Mali

Special Envoy Romano Prodi calls for concerted and coordinated action by the international community to support the region in a comprehensive manner, with a holistic focus on security, development, governance and humanitarian needs.

And he hopes for similar generous contributions by other countries worldwide.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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