UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for stable and predictable funding for peacekeeping in the Sahel.
In a pre-recorded video message for the G5 Sahel Summit held in N’Djamena, Chad, Guterres on Tuesday said that African peace support and counter-terrorism operations must receive a mandate by the UN Security Council and sustained financing.
The G5 Sahel, which groups Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, has a key role to play in addressing the dire security and humanitarian situation in the region. In this context, the G5 Sahel Joint Force must have stable and predictable funding, he said.
There are more than 2 million displaced persons and millions of others are facing acute food insecurity. This is all in the context of a major climate crisis.
COVID-19 has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities, including economic and health challenges, and has pushed more than 6 million people into extreme poverty, he noted. The multidimensional and interrelated nature of the many challenges makes it necessary to address the root causes of conflict, he said.
Beyond the security response alone, development, the rule of law and good governance are the cornerstones of stability in the region.
Governments must regain the confidence of their citizens, and the United Nations is determined to support all efforts toward that end, he said.