UN Chief pledges support to "Nigeriens to feed Nigeriens" plan

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Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon (right) and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim speak to the media in Niamey, Niger. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has promised Members of the National Assembly of Niger to help accelerate the country's ambitious agricultural transformation plan, called the 3N Initiative or "Nigeriens Feeding Nigeriens".

Mr. Ban is in Niger along with four other top officials from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Union Commission and the European Union, on the second stop of a tour of the Sahel region.

He said the group was committed to assisting Niger's efforts to advance good governance and build effective, trustworthy institutions.

Earlier, the Secretary-General and World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim pledged to invest $200 million in a new regional project aimed at improving the regional response to maternal and reproductive health and adolescent girls’ issues.

He also commended Niger for its contribution to peacekeeping, reminding the Assembly that a "distinguished daughter of Niger", Ms. Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane, was leading the Côte d'Ivoire mission – one of the biggest in the world.

Mr. Ban concluded by deploring the tragic death of migrants in the Sahel desert last week, adding that "the rights of migrants were of urgent concern" to him.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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