Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

New study reveals economic toll of malnutrition to the Gambia's economy

Malnutrition rates are in decline and the country is on target to meet the government’s National Development Programme’s nutrition target of reducing stunting to 12.5 percent

The economy of The Gambia is losing 3.96 billion Gambian Dalasi (US$83 million) a year – about 5.1 percent of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study released in Banjul today. The multi-agency Cost of Hunger in Africa…

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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike in armed conflict and insecurity in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints Lieutenant General Daniel Sidiki Traoré of Burkina Faso as Force Commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

Lieutenant General Traoré has had a distinguished career since joining the Army of Burkina Faso in 1977

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Daniel Sidiki Traoré of Burkina Faso as the Force Commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Lieutenant General Traoré succeeds Lieutenant General Balla Keita of Senegal, who will complete his…

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Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio

Partnership will infuse an additional US$450 million into global polio eradication effort

Rotary (https://www.Rotary.org) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are renewing their longstanding partnership to end polio, announcing a joint commitment of up to $450 million to support the global polio eradication effort. “Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, almost 19 million people are walking today who…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania |

L. Linkevičius discusses situation in Sahel, ways to step up climate diplomacy in Brussels

In the context of the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Mali and Sahel, the Council discussed the EU’s role as a leading partner in the region

On 20 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, which focused on the situation in Sahel and climate diplomacy. In the context of the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Mali and Sahel, the Council discussed the EU’s role as…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Inclusive government action needed to bring stability to Mali

It is extremely concerning that we have only seen limited progress towards the implementation of the peace agreement

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on MINUSMA Thank you, Mr President, and let me also thank on the Under-Secretary-General Lacroix for his briefing. And like others, I’d like to begin by offering my condolences and those of the…

Source: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Coperation |

UAE Vice President (VP) meets Mali President

The two sides discussed means to further develop relations between the two countries particularly in the infrastructure development and renewable energy sectors

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has met President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali, on the sidelines of his visit to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADWS 2020, proceedings. During the meeting, the two sides discussed means to further develop relations…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Preparing for elections and addressing root causes of conflict in West Africa

We welcome the very productive role that UNOWAS has played in the region

Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe at the Security Council briefing on UNOWAS May I join others in welcoming you to the chair and welcoming you and your other co-elected members of the Council. We look forward to working with you. In the context of this briefing, we also welcome particularly…

Source: United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) |

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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‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region

“The region has experienced a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets,” Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), told the Council in its first formal meeting of the year. “The humanitarian consequences are alarming”,…