UN / WEST AFRICA SAHEL

08-Jan-2020 00:02:28
Presenting his latest report to the Security Council, the Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, painted a picture of relentless attacks on civilian and military targets in the region that, he said, have “shaken public confidence. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 08 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

08 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
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:
“The West Africa and Sahel region has been shaken by unprecedented terrorist violence in recent months. As I emphasized during my briefing to the Security Council of 16 December 2019, relentless attacks on civilian and military targets have shaken public confidence.”
5. Med shot, 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:
“Terrorism, organized crime and intercommunal violence are often intertwined. This is especially true in peripheral areas where the State’s presence is weak. In those places, extremists provide safety and protection to populations; as well as social services in exchange for loyalty.”
7. Med shot, 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:
“Farmer-herder clashes remain some of the most violent local conflicts in the region. Close to 70 percent of West Africa’s ‘population are dependent on agriculture and livestock-rearing for a living. That is why it is so important to ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders. Climate change, among other multiple factors, is increasingly exacerbating farmer-herder conflicts.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“Now, Mr. President, Distinguished Members, is the time for action. Regional and subregional leaders must follow through on the pledges made and international partners must lend their full support to the implementation of existing mechanisms. We need to prioritize a cross-pillar approach at all levels and across all sectors to ensure the most effective support to Governments in the region. The UN response in the Sahel serves as a template in this approach.”
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12. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Presenting his latest report to the Security Council, the Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, today (6 Jan) painted a picture of relentless attacks on civilian and military targets in the region that, he said, have “shaken public confidence.

Chambas said, “terrorism, organized crime and intercommunal violence are often intertwined” especially “in peripheral areas where the State’s presence is weak.”

In those places, he said, “extremists provide safety and protection to populations; as well as social services in exchange for loyalty.”

Chambas explained that “farmer-herder clashes remain some of the most violent local conflicts in the region” and noted that “close to 70 percent of West Africa’s ‘population are dependent on agriculture and livestock-rearing for a living.” Climate change, he said, “is increasingly exacerbating farmer-herder conflicts.”

Now, Chambas told the Council, “is the time for action.”

He said, “regional and subregional leaders must follow through on the pledges made and international partners must lend their full support to the implementation of existing mechanisms. We need to prioritize a cross-pillar approach at all levels and across all sectors to ensure the most effective support to Governments in the region. The UN response in the Sahel serves as a template in this approach.”

The UNOWAS chief noted that in the months ahead, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Niger would be democratically electing their leaders and maintained that security trends must not distract from political developments.
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