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24-Jul-2019 00:02:09
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, told the Security Council that “democratic progress has been delayed and complicated, and sometimes, almost negated by a rapid expansion of violent extremism in the region.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 24 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

24 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Zoom in, Mohammed Ibn Chambas walks up to Security Council dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“Democratic progress has been delayed and complicated, and sometimes, almost negated by a rapid expansion of violent extremism in the region.”
5. Pan right, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“The security situation remains volatile in the entire Sahel, where escalating violence and insecurity have sparked an unprecedented humanitarian crisis leaving a total of 5.1 million Burkinabe, Nigeriens and Malians in need. Notably, however, the past six months have shown a rapid deterioration of the security situation in Burkina Faso: A total of 226 security incidents contributed to an acceleration in the displacement from 47,000 in December 2018 up to 220,000 internally displaced people and more than 25,000 refugees in June 2019, representing an almost five-fold increase.”
7. Pan right, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“The journey of democratic consolidation in this region has not been easy and cannot be taken for granted. Several countries in the region continue to struggle with human rights challenges. I am particularly concerned about the instrumentalization of the judiciary for political objectives in some cases as well as a predominant sentiment of impunity for violent crimes, undermining respect for the rule of law.”
8. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, today (24 Jul) told the Security Council that “democratic progress has been delayed and complicated, and sometimes, almost negated by a rapid expansion of violent extremism in the region.”

Chambas said, “the security situation remains volatile in the entire Sahel, where escalating violence and insecurity have sparked an unprecedented humanitarian crisis leaving a total of 5.1 million Burkinabe, Nigeriens and Malians in need.”

The past six months, he said, “have shown a rapid deterioration of the security situation in Burkina Faso” where “a total of 226 security incidents contributed to an acceleration in the displacement from 47,000 in December 2018 up to 220,000 internally displaced people and more than 25,000 refugees in June 2019, representing an almost five-fold increase.”

Chambas said, “the journey of democratic consolidation in this region has not been easy and cannot be taken for granted. Several countries in the region continue to struggle with human rights challenges. I am particularly concerned about the instrumentalization of the judiciary for political objectives in some cases as well as a predominant sentiment of impunity for violent crimes, undermining respect for the rule of law.”

UNOWAS has the responsibility for preventive diplomacy, good offices and political mediation and facilitation efforts in West Africa and the Sahel. It also works to consolidate peace and democratic governance in countries emerging from conflict or political crises.

UNOWAS works closely with the African Union, ECOWAS, the Mano River Union, the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the Gulf of Guinea Commission, the G5 Sahel, as well as other regional partners to support regional solutions to cross-cutting threats to peace and security, such as terrorism and violent extremism, transnational organized crime, piracy and maritime insecurity.

It assists regional institutions and member states to enhance their capacities to promote good governance and respect for the rule of law, human rights and the mainstreaming of gender in conflict prevention.
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