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The United Nations Integrated Strategy and its Support Plan for the Sahel (2018-2022) is to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on may 13.

It is within the framework of the 2018 Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the West Africa Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

It would serve as a Joint United Nations intervention to improve security, governance and resilience in the Sahel.

The Sahel includes Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Chad.

A release issued to the Ghana News Agency said the meeting is to be held against the backdrop of a Sahel that had become a geostrategic issue for countries affected by complex cross-border security threats, political and governance crises and climate setbacks, with their impacts on human safety and sustainable development.

Its main objective is to raise awareness with government officials and partners on new pathways for United Nations support to the Region.

This high-level event will also provide policymakers and other partners with up-to-date information on the Support Plan and other activities to be carried out by the UN.

Dimitri Sanga, the Director of Economic Commission for Africa Sub Regional Office for West Africa, said: “Through the organisation of this high-level event, we will like to secure the commitment of the 10 Sahel member-countries to develop and implement this United Nations Sahel Support Plan”.

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