UN / MALI AND SAHEL

25-Sep-2019 00:02:22
The pressing problems in the volatile Sahel region topped the agenda at a high-level meeting at the United Nations where officials stressed that problems there affect the whole world and pledged assistance to help foster greater stability and development. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MALI AND SAHEL
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

25 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“I believe that together we have failed to end the deep-rooted causes of the crisis – poverty, impunity, poor governance – which fuel the upsurge in violent extremism. Terrorist groups are exploiting the conflicts and they position themselves sometimes as defenders of the communities.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Everywhere, it is civilians who are paying the price. In the countries of the G-5 of the Sahel, the number of civilian deaths between 2012 and 2018 increased by four times. More than 5 million people need humanitarian aid, and more than 4 million have been displaced, and 3 million children don’t attend school, and more than 2 million people are facing food insecurity.”
6. Med shot, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Stemming and preventing escalation requires offering people, and particularly young people, a hopeful future; a perspective that goes beyond their daily needs to ensure development, promote gender equality, and ensure access to economic opportunities and social services.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali:
“What we are talking about in Sahel, particularly in Mali, is not just a Malian issue. It is not just an issue affecting the Sahel. It concerns the entire world who share the same values. I often hear of areas where there are problems of a nature which we have never seen before and which are affecting us all. And these are problems which go beyond our borders; they affect everyone.”
10. Wide shot, conference room
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union:
“I am deeply convinced that with this political commitment of all the States of the region, and with the support of the international community, I am convinced that we can focus on a certain number of objectives that we will have to reach at least to feel that we are moving in the right direction. “
12. Wide shot, conference room
STORYLINE
The pressing problems in the volatile Sahel region topped the agenda at a high-level meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday (25 Sep) where officials stressed that problems there affect the whole world and pledged assistance to help foster greater stability and development.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said a failure to end the deep-rooted causes of the crisis – poverty, impunity, poor governance – fueled the upsurge in violent extremism.

He pointed out that civilians pay the price. “In the countries of the G-5 of the Sahel, the number of civilian deaths between 2012 and 2018 increased by four times. More than 5 million people need humanitarian aid, and more than 4 million have been displaced, and 3 million children don’t attend school, and more than 2 million people are facing food insecurity.”

Guterres said, “Stemming and preventing escalation requires offering people, and particularly young people, a hopeful future; a perspective that goes beyond their daily needs to ensure development, promote gender equality, and ensure access to economic opportunities and social services.”

Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, said, “What we are talking about in Sahel, particularly in Mali, is not just a Malian issue. It is not just an issue affecting the Sahel. It concerns the entire world who share the same values. I often hear of areas where there are problems of a nature which we have never seen before and which are affecting us all. And these are problems which go beyond our borders; they affect everyone.”

Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union, said “I am deeply convinced that with this political commitment of all the States of the region, and with the support of the international community, I am convinced that we can focus on a certain number of objectives that we will have to reach at least to feel that we are moving in the right direction.”

The meeting, held in the margins of the General Assembly during the UN’s high-level week, brought together senior officials from the Sahel region and beyond.
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