Secretary-General says mission to Sahel reflects international commitment to the region

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The visit this week by a high-level delegation of development officials to four West African countries was a reflection of the international community's commitment to the Sahel region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.

Mr. Ban and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim headed the mission, which included representatives of the African Union, the European Union and the African Development Bank.

The Secretary-General described their visit to Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger as brief but "very successful and very meaningful."

"We were very much grateful that all the countries supported the integrated strategy of the United Nations for the Sahel, and there was a high-level ministerial meeting in Bamako on 5 November where leaders have agreed to establish an implementation mechanism, and our main purpose was to coordinate our actions between the international community and the countries in the region and also among the countries in the region to coordinate among themselves."

Mr. Ban recalled that one of the outcomes of the visit was a pledge by the World Bank and the European Union of over $8 billion in new regional investments over the next two years.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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