"Need for action now", says Ban as he wraps up Sahel tour

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Children play near a site for displaced families at Goz Baida in eastern Chad.
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It's time to move from words to action, the Secretary-General told Government officials in N'Djamena, Chad, on the last leg of his trip to the Sahel region, according to André-Michel Essoungou, a UN official travelling with him.

Mr. Ban has received wide support from the Sahel countries for his strategy to put the region back on its feet.

The UN Strategy for the Sahel focuses on five key Sahelian countries in the greatest of need – Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.

André-Michel Essoungou explains.

“The UN Strategy for the Sahel which has been designed by the team of the Secretary-General and adopted by the Security Council has received a wide support across the region- from Mali at the beginning of this trip to N'Djamena Chad today – and we have heard over and over again officials mentioning, saying how important this strategy is as a platform. And the other very important thing to note is how all the other actors in the region perceived this trip as being "exceptional".  Now we have to go from words to actions, that is what the Secretary-General has said over and over again during this trip and this is what he expects, and many can expect to happen during the coming weeks and months."

Andre-Michel Essoungou, travelling with the Secretary-General.

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