Sahel Crisis: 2011-2018Ongoing
In the Sahel, extreme poverty, climate change, armed conflict and insecurity continue to threaten the lives of millions already living on the brink. These interdependent drivers are behind the staggering levels of structural, chronic and acute vulnerability present in the region. Where the chronic seasonal cycle is broken, progress and success can be seen. Where conflict hits, hard-won gains are quickly lost and new challenges appear.
Communities across the region remain highly vulnerable. In 2017, around 30 million people are expected to face food insecurity, and almost 12 million of them at crisis and emergency levels. Pockets of pasture deficits have been observed in certain areas of Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, and risks of locusts have been identified in Mauritania and neighboring areas. The situation of people living in the conflict-affected regions of Mali and the Lake Chad Basin, is particularity critical.
In 2017, in the more stable regions of the Sahel such as Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal, where needs are driven by chronic vulnerability, humanitarian action has been fully aligned with resilience and development frameworks.
Lake Chad Basin: The scale of suffering remains huge and is expected to grow: around 11 million people will require assistance in 2017. Humanitarian partners have requested US$1.5 billion to provide aid to 8.2 million people. While the response strategy focuses us on providing emergency, life-saving assistance, humanitarian actors are also calling for a collaborative approach to help address the deeper causes of the Lake Chad Basin crisis that include abject poverty, the impact of climate change, rapid population growth and under-investment in social services. At the Oslo conference on 24 Feb 2017, 14 donors pledged $458 million for relief in 2017 and an additional $214 million was announced for 2018 and beyond. (OCHA, 24 Feb 2017)
Mali: Needs remain high with more than 3.5 million people being food insecure and some 852,000 people in need of nutrition assistance. More than 37,000 people remain internally displaced. The majority of those in need of assistance are in Mali’s northern region. In April 2017, the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017 for $293 million was only 11.6% funded. OCHA warned of destabilizing consequences, as the humanitarian situation is quickly deteriorating as a direct result of the conflict. (OCHA, 28 Apr 2017)
For 2017, the humanitarian community will require US$ 2.66 billion to help 15 million people, across 8 countries. (OCHA, 7 Dec 2016)
As of 30 October 2017, the humanitarian response plan for West and Central Africa was 46% funded. (OCHA, 30 Oct 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel 2017 | Overview of humanitarian needs and requirements EN/FR
- Sahel 2016 | Rapport de suivi périodique (Octobre-Decembre)
- Sahel: 2014 - 2016 Regional Humanitarian Response Strategy Reviewed
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11 JANVIER 2018 8156E SÉANCE – MATIN
Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a expliqué, ce matin, devant le Conseil de sécurité, qu’en dépit de progrès continus réalisés en matière de transition démocratique et politique, la situation sécuritaire dans la région demeurait une source de grave préoccupation.
8156TH MEETING (AM)
Despite progress in West Africa and the Sahel, particularly regarding democratic and peaceful political transitions, the security situation in the region remained a grave concern, the Security Council heard today in a briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary‑General in the region.
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
8129E SÉANCE – APRÈS-MIDI
8129TH MEETING (PM)
Mali’s Permanent Representative Expresses Regret over Lack of Chapter VII Mandate
The Security Council today welcomed the steady and rapid progress achieved in making the joint force of the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel) functional, including through fulfilment of its initial operational capacity on 17 October.
On trouvera ci-après le texte de la déclaration à la presse faite, aujourd’hui, par le Président du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois de novembre, M. Sebastiano Cardi (Italie):
Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont condamné dans les termes les plus énergiques l’attaque perpétrée le 24 novembre 2017 contre un convoi de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA) dans la région de Mopti (Mali), au cours de laquelle au moins un soldat de la paix burkinabé a été tué et d’autres ont été blessés.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Sebastiano Cardi (Italy):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the region of Mopti, Mali, on 24 November 2017, which caused the death of at least one Burkinabé peacekeeper and injured others.
2 NOVEMBRE 2017
De retour du Bangladesh, où il a été témoin, à la frontière avec le Myanmar, de « l’exode de réfugiés le plus rapide depuis les mouvements massifs de population du milieu des années 90 », le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, M. Filippo Grandi, en a, ce matin, appelé au leadership du Conseil de sécurité pour mettre fin à une crise mondiale qui n’a de cesse de s’aggraver.
8083RD MEETING (AM)
Security Council Members Call for Adequate Funding, Greater Capacity for Agency
The number of forcibly displaced people around the world was now approaching 66 million, and that sharp rise reflected the weakness of international cooperation in responding to the crisis, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Security Council today.
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
8082E SÉANCE – MATIN
8082ND MEETING (AM)
The Security Council today reiterated its strong condemnation of the recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict, as well as their killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence.
Conseil de sécurité
8080e séance – matin
8080th Meeting (AM)
Mali Foreign Minister Calls for Assistance to Address Root Causes of Insecurity
Innovative actions would be needed to support the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (Sahel G-5) countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger) as well as development efforts, United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres told the Security Council this morning, stressing that the situation in that region was a challenge for all.