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Coronavirus - West Africa: COVID-19 Pandemic cannot be defeated without effective respect of Human Rights

The pandemic has also revealed the gaps in policy making and the need for re-prioritization and focus on human development

“It is an economic crisis. A social crisis and a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis”. These words of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sum up the need concerted action in addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and instituting measures to address it on the…

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Coronavirus - Sahel: The Special Representative briefed the UN Peacebuilding Commission in a Virtual Meeting on the impact of COVID-19 in West Africa and the Sahel

There is a need for concerted efforts to ensure that there is consensus in addressing the implications of COVID-19 on the electoral process

The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas,  briefed, on 22 April 2020, in a virtual meeting the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission on the Impact of COVID-19 in West Africa and the Sahel. The…

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UNHCR and International Labour Organisation (ILO) facilitate the integration of Malian refugees in Mauritania

The partnership between UNHCR and ILO constitutes a major realization that facilitates socio-economic integration through the strengthening of the entrepreneurial tissue

Within the framework of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are joining hands to improve the livelihoods of Malian refugees and host communities whole live in and nearby the Mbera refugee camp in…

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35th High-level meeting of Heads of UN Peace Mission in West Africa

The objective was to strengthen coordination in order to enhance synergies to address common challenges facing the West African and Sahel regions

At the invitation of the Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Heads of the United Nations Missions in West Africa held their 35th High-level Meeting on 04 February 2020 in Dakar, Senegal. The…

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Statement of Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative for West Africa and The Sahel, on The Gambia

The Special Representative urges all political actors to refrain from violence while exercising their right of free assembly

The Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has over the past few weeks followed the positive evolution of the new democratic atmosphere in The Gambia. The Special Representative congratulates the Government of The Gambia, especially the security…

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Briefing of the Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel to the Security Council: “Despite positive political developments, the region continues to witness a devastating surge in terrorist attacks”

He also warned that “farmer-herder clashes remain some of the most violent local conflicts in the region”

Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) briefed, yesterday, the Security Council on the latest report of the Secretary-General on the activities of UNOWAS. While the security situation continues to worsen in the region,…

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Briefing of Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas to the Security Council on recent developments in West Africa and the Sahel

You can follow the briefing of the SRSG Mohamed Ibn Chambas on UN Web TV today 08 January at 3.00 PM GMT

Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), will present today, on 08 January 2020, to the Security Council the latest report of the Secretary-General which covers the period from 1 July to 31 December…

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The UN Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel Condemns the Terrorist Act on a Bus in Sourou Province, Burkina Faso

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations’ Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, expresses his outrage and condemnation of the terrorist act on a bus in Sourou province, in the north of Burkina Faso, in which reportedly fourteen people were killed…

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SRSG Ibn Chambas Commends the Successful Conduct of the Presidential Election in Guinea-Bissau and Urges Party Supporters to Continue to Show Maturity

The Special Representative congratulates the Electoral Commission for the exemplary conduct of the electoral process

Following a three-day visit to Guinea Bissau conducted from 28 to 31 December, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, welcomes the announcement by the Electoral Commission of the results of the presidential election.…

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Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) Ibn Chambas: The United Nations committed to enhancing its partnership with ECOWAS towards improving governance and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals

The on-going political dialogue and electoral processes illustrate the determination of the governments and people of West Africa to use democratic means to resolve political disputes

Speaking at the 56th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, held in Abuja on 21 December 2019, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said that to definitively defeat and eradicate terrorism, we…