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26 Sep 2016 description

Participants in the regional technical consultation on agricultural and food prospects in the Sahel and West Africa, held from 19 to 21 September 2016, in Lomé, Togo, draw the following conclusions:

1. As part of preparations for the agro-pastoral season, States and their partners provided support to farmers with inputs (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) and agricultural equipment, even if these efforts have not met the expressed needs.

16 Sep 2016 description
report European Commission


The European Union and Africa enjoy a long-standing and comprehensive partnership, which has deepened and diversified over decades and in particular since the first Africa-EU Summit in 2000. The Valletta Summit in November 2015 complemented already existing processes with African Countries, focusing on different aspects of migration.

07 Sep 2016 description
  • It is estimated that 28% of the Mauritanian population (1 092 813 people) are facing food insecurity in the ongoing lean season. No national response plan is as yet being implemented.

  • The country faces high rates of acute malnutrition, exceeding emergency thresholds in seven out of 13 regions. 21 723 children under five are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition of which 9 874 (45%) have been treated by July 2016.

05 Sep 2016 description

In July 2016 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United Nations (UN) sent a technical team to assess the situation in Mali and the Sahel. This was in response to the continued instability in the country, despite efforts by Malian and international forces. Plans for more offensive action against armed jihadist groups have been afoot for quite some time, but can they work?

02 Sep 2016 description

CrisisWatch is a monthly early warning bulletin designed to provide a regular update on the state of the most significant situations of conflict around the world.

Global Overview, August 2016

31 Aug 2016 description

DAKAR – Alors que les cours reprennent cet automne, plus de 1,3 million d’enfants à travers l’Afrique de l’Ouest et Centrale risquent de ne pas bénéficier des repas scolaires du Programme Alimentaire Mondial étant donné que les contraintes financières obligent l’agence de l’O.N.U. – qui est le plus grand sponsor de cette initiative - à en réduire la portée.

30 Aug 2016 description

DAKARAlors que les cours reprennent cet automne, plus de 1,3 million d’enfants à travers l’Afrique de l’Ouest et Centrale risquent de ne pas bénéficier des repas scolaires du Programme alimentaire mondial étant donné que les contraintes financières obligent l’agence de l’O.N.U. – qui est le plus grand sponsor de cette initiative - à en réduire la portée.

30 Aug 2016 description

DAKAR – As schools resume this autumn, more than 1.3 million children across West and Central Africa risk missing out on school meals from the World Food Programme (WFP), as widening financial constraints force the United Nations agency – the top sponsor of such initiatives – to reduce its reach.

25 Aug 2016 description
report UN Radio

Le Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’homme de l'ONU s’est déclaré préoccupé par les condamnations à des peines de prison allant de 3 à 15 ans imposées à 23 personnes, dont 13 membres d’une organisation non gouvernementale luttant contre l’esclavage.

Ces personnes ont été condamnées pour leur rôle présumé dans une émeute en juin.

Selon le HCDH, un tribunal de Nouakchott a jugé jeudi dernier les 23 individus coupables de rébellion, d’agression envers la force publique, d’attroupement armé et d’appartenance à une organisation non reconnue.

23 Aug 2016 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cécile Pouilly
Location: Geneva
Date: 23 August 2016
Subject: (1) Iraq, (2) Israel-OPT, (3) Gambia & (4) Mauritania

(1) Iraq

The High Commissioner is deeply dismayed at the execution on Sunday of 36 people in Iraq in relation to the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre, during which some 1,700 cadets were killed by ISIL fighters, particularly given the serious due process concerns and fair trial shortcomings in these cases.

19 Aug 2016 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Thursday 8/18/2016 - 23:46 GMT

The United Nations on Thursday said it had found no sign of any suspicious military activity by Morocco in the disputed Western Sahara, after a separatist group complained about a Moroccan security operation in the region's far south.

19 Aug 2016 description
report African Union

La réunion de haut niveau sur le projet de l'Union Africaine (UA) - Allemagne sur le renforcement du contrôle des armes légères et de petit calibre (ALPC), la sécurité physique, et la gestion des stocks (PSSM) s'est tenue, le 16 octobre 2015, au siège de l'UA, à Addis Abéba, en Ethiopie.

Pour lire les conclusions, cliquez ici

18 Aug 2016 description

African states commit to eradicate cluster munitions and end the suffering they cause by stepping up efforts to universalize the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and to strengthen the norm against cluster munitions use by condemning all such use.

10 Aug 2016 description

«Ensemble, nous construirons un avenir meilleur»

L’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel sont deux espaces géographiques importants dans le continent africain qui possèdent un potentiel humain et économique en mesure de jouer un rôle prépondérant dans le développement de tout le continent. Force est de constater, cependant, que les deux régions restent engluées dans des problèmes récurrents qui freinent, voire handicapent leur développement.

10 Aug 2016 description


«Together, we can build a better future» West Africa and the Sahel are two important geographical areas in Africa that have the human and economic potential to play a leading role in the development of the continent. However, the two regions remain mired in recurrent problems that hinder their development.

29 Jul 2016 description

The world is grappling with a growing number of people forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and violence. Today, more than 65 million people are displaced worldwide. Some have been living away from their homes for longer than five years. In response to this escalating global crisis, the European Commission supports humanitarian projects to assist displaced populations worldwide.

25 Jul 2016 description
report Guardian

A prisoner of climate change, Nouakchott faces challenges of flooding and erosion that have been exacerbated by preparations for the Arab League summit

By Alex Duval Smith

The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott’s new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof – and the floor – of his family’s small compound.

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.