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15 Jul 2016 description

Key messages

  • The European Union is one of the largest contributors of humanitarian aid to the Sahel. As such, its assistance to this region has been reaffirmed and has reached over EUR 203 million so far in 2016. The funding will support the 1.2 million Sahelian people affected by food insecurity as well as the treatment of 550 000 children affected by severe acute malnutrition. This represents a quarter of all food security needs and 43% of child malnutrition care needs in the Sahel.

14 Jul 2016 description

Today the European Commission has announced over €145 million in humanitarian assistance for Africa's Sahel region in 2016 to address the basic needs of the populations, tackle malnutrition and provide food to the most vulnerable people.

14 Jul 2016 description

From 6 to 10 June 2016, Mozambique’s National Food Security and Nutrition Secretariat (SETSAN), which is tasked with coordinating nutrition action in the country, hosted a five-day, multi-country, interactive training on the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) in Maputo.

11 Jul 2016 description


This document presents the results of the resilience analysis of the Triangle of Hope regions (Mauritania) and gives clear policy indications based on them.

07 Jul 2016 description

By: Sebastien Laroze-Barrit | 7 July 2016

Sow, left, a refugee from Mali, recently arrived with his son at Mbera camp in Mauritania. Their suitcases are still unpacked. © UNHCR/Sebastien Laroze-Barrit

A year after a landmark peace accord ended conflict in Mali, some refugees in Mauritania have mixed feelings on whether it is safe to return home.

05 Jul 2016 description

Swarms continue to form in Yemen and damage crops

01 Jul 2016 description

1 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years. Mr. Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development said: ”Strengthening disaster risk governance is an essential part of sustainable development and a key priority of the Sendai Framework.

29 Jun 2016 description

Dakar, 28 juin 2016 - Le Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel (UNOWAS), l'Institut International de la Paix (IPI) et le Département fédéral des affaires étrangères de la Confédération suisse (DFAE), ont organisé une rencontre de haut niveau sur le thème : « Investir dans la Paix et la Prévention de la Violence en Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sahel ».

27 Jun 2016 description

NOUAKCHOTT – Le gouvernement Mauritanien, avec l’appui technique du Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM), a organisé un atelier de validation technique de la Politique Nationale d’Alimentation Scolaire (PNAS) le 27 Juin 2016. Cet atelier de validation constitue « un solide pas en avant pour l’alimentation scolaire en Mauritanie » selon le représentant du PAM en Mauritanie, Monsieur Janne SUVANTO.

25 Jun 2016 description
report World Bank

Les Points Marquants

  • Des représentants de cinq pays du Sahel se sont rendus au Bangladesh pour tirer des enseignements de la réussite de la politique démographique et des services de santé reproductive dans ce pays.

  • Cette réunion d’échanges Sud-Sud visait à relever des défis multisectoriels selon une approche pluraliste.

  • Les pays du Sahel projettent d’adapter les enseignements tirés de l’expérience du Bangladesh à leurs propres pays.

24 Jun 2016 description

Key Messages - Insecurity targeting national and international defence forces prevents state authority and basic services from being restored in northern Mali. As a result, 1.5 million people still depend on international humanitarian assistance. - Humanitarian space is fragile and the situation volatile. To preserve access to people in need, it is crucial that the lines between humanitarian assistance and the political stabilization agenda are not blurred.

22 Jun 2016 description

Facts & Figures

  • 65 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide:

  • 21.3 million refugees,

  • 40.8 million internally displaced - 1.8 million seeking asylum.

  • Largest sources of refugees: Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan , Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

20 Jun 2016 description
report European Union

Council conclusions on the Sahel

17 Jun 2016 description


6,530 refugee returnees registered by the government in Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu regions since January 2016
536 urban refugees received hygiene kits to prevent diarrheal diseases since January 2016
100 youths from Mauritanian refugee and host communities in Kayes participate in UNHCR/FAO ‘Youth at Work’ project
5,000 community members in Mopti benefit from restored water distribution system, including refugee returnees

Population of Concern

14 Jun 2016 description

Over the past decade, the Sahel region has witnessed recurrent and multiple shocks. Droughts, floods, conflicts and insecurity have led to the reduction of the most vulnerable populations’ meager assets and capacity to withstand future crises. In a context of extreme poverty and increased exposure to multiple hazards, their food security is at stake.

13 Jun 2016 description

In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein sheds a light on "preventable calamities" and worrying trends in human rights around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries

Distinguished President of the Council,
Colleagues and friends

08 Jun 2016 description

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIE – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) avertit que, sans un soutien financier d'urgence, il sera contraint de suspendre son aide alimentaire et nutritionnelle vitale à partir de Septembre planifié pour 415 000 Mauritaniens vulnérables qui luttent déjà pour avoir une alimentation suffisante pour mener une vie saine tout en faisant face à la période de soudure qui vient de commencer.

08 Jun 2016 description

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns that without urgent financial support, it will be forced to suspend its vital food and nutrition assistance as of September to 415,000 vulnerable Mauritanians who are already struggling to have enough food to eat to lead a healthy life as the lean season sets in.

06 Jun 2016 description

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies : « UNOWAS est une expression forte des Nations Unies pour renforcer davantage son soutien avec les pays du G5 Sahel »

Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a conclu aujourd'hui 02 Juin 2016, sa première tournée dans les pays du G5 Sahel. Veuillez trouver ci-dessous, sa déclaration aux médias délivrée aujourd'hui lors d'une conférence de presse, à Nouackchott en Mauritanie.

« Bonjour,

03 Jun 2016 description

Le parlement mauritanien doit rejeter un nouveau projet de loi en examen aujourd’hui restreignant les droits à la liberté de réunion et d'association, ont déclaré Amnesty International et une vingtaine d’organisations de la société civile.