I was in Oslo last year to the first effort we made, really, internationally, to bring the conversation on the region together with the international community to tackle all these underlying causes. The Oslo meeting was a big success, thank you again for that.
It is already clear to me that we have an opportunity, and a probability I think, building on that success in Oslo, here in Berlin. Thank you very much to all the co-hosts for the work that has put us in that position.
Good afternoon and thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to brief you on the Lake Chad Basin.
I went to Niger and Nigeria this month on my first mission as Emergency Relief Coordinator. I wanted to see for myself the humanitarian situation and response, and, most importantly, to listen to people who are affected by this crisis to try to bring their stories back the General Assembly – which I did last week as part of my role as an advocate.
UN Headquarters, New York, 21 September 2017, 08:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. As Delivered
Excellencies, Ministers, Distinguished Guests,
Welcome to this high-level event on the humanitarian situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.
Last week, immediately on starting this job, I visited Diffa in Niger and Borno in Nigeria: two areas that have been severely impacted by the Boko Haram insurgency.
I went there to meet people affected by the crisis, and to bring their voices to you here today.
We have a humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Region which is truly massive: a staggering 10.7 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance – that is twice the population of Norway as a whole – and who urgently need life-saving relief and protection tonight. And 8.5 million of that 10.7 million are in north-eastern Nigeria around the epicenter of Maiduguri.
Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad Basin.
New York, 25 September 2015
Good afternoon and welcome to this High-Level Event on the Lake Chad Basin. I am pleased to be here with you to discuss the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding in the region, and to consider how we can best support millions of people whose security and livelihoods are at risk.