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West and Central Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin, June 2016

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Situation Report
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit are being transformed into an Action Plan.

  • Some 3.8 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are facing severe food insecurity in the current lean period.

  • Aid groups step up response to people in need across the Lake Chad Basin, where hunger and malnutrition are on the rise.

  • Heavy flooding triggered by torrential rains in Ghana, Chad and Niger.

  • Ebola outbreak is over in the three worst-hit West African countries.

KEY FIGURES

People displaced in recent attacks in Niger - 70K

Severely food insecure people in Lake Chad Basin - 3.8M

People facing crisis level of food insecurity in the Sahel - 6.7M

The World Humanitarian Summit – next steps

With the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and related funding requirements hitting record high in the past decade, the UN Secretary-General convened a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to discuss how and what must be done better to end conflict, alleviate human suffering and reduce risk and vulnerability.

More than 9,000 participants

On 23 - 24 May, more than 9,000 representatives from the UN member states, local and international NGOs, the private sector, affected communities and other stakeholders gathered Istanbul for the WHS, demonstrating an overwhelming support for the Agenda for Humanity.

The diversity of voices heard at the Summit and their convergence around strategic issues and ideas was a first for the humanitarian sector. More than 1,500 pledges and commitments were made on how to better address the unprecedented levels of suffering and vulnerability of people caught up in natural disasters and conflicts; to empower them as agents of their own recovery; and to summon greater political will to prevent and end the wars which are causing so much distress.

West and Central Africa at the WHS The West and Central Africa region was represented at the highest level. Presidents from the Central African Republic, Mali, Mauritania and Niger attended the Summit, as well as high level mission from most other countries of the region. The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were also present and particularly engaged in the new Regional Organisations for Humanitarian Action Network (ROHAN).

In collaboration with Governments, United Nations, INGOs and Civil society organisations, the region held two side events featuring panel discussions and representatives from affected communities on the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, and on Mali and radicalization and stability in the Sahel.

Grand bargain

Whereas many initiatives were launched at the summit, a couple stood out in significance. The launch of the “Grand Bargain” was ground breaking and aimed at ensuring efficiency and transparency by investing in front-line humanitarian action over the next five years. Donors also committed to new funding initiatives to protect women and girls from gender-based violence; to ensure that millions of children in crisis can continue their education; address one of the most urgent priorities of refugees and displaced people around the world; and bridge the gap between humanitarian and development work by creating a new way of working together to reduce needs, manage risks and reach common goals to end needs.

Translating commitments into action

The UN has committed to build on the momentum generated to work in partnership with world leaders and all stakeholders to support the most vulnerable people in the world. All commitments made at the Summit are being aligned and reflected in a Commitment to Action Platform.

This platform will be publicly accessible to allow for self-accountability on commitments made. In September, the UN Secretary-General will report to the General Assembly on the key outcomes of the WHS and propose ways in which to take the commitments forward.

In West and Central Africa, leaders are called upon to prioritize political leadership to address the causes of crises – through preventing conflicts, protecting rights, tackling climate change and resourcing efforts to reduce the risk of disasters and increase community resilience – for the well-being of tens of millions of people who struggle to survive.

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