UNOWAS (West Africa and the Sahel)

  • 22 May 2018

    G5 Sahel Joint Force Briefing

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    Tomorrow (23 May), the Security Council will convene a briefing on the joint force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel), or FC-G5S. The anticipated briefers are Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita, Permanent Secretary of...

  • Tomorrow (30 January), the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on West Africa and the Sahel region, expressing support for the work of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) in conflict prevention, mediation...

  • Tomorrow (11 January), the Security Council is expected to receive a briefing from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS). Consultations will follow the public session. It seems...

  • January 2018

    UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In January 2018, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and head of UNOWAS, will brief the Council on recent developments and the semi-annual UNOWAS report.

  • October 2017

    Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Council plans to undertake a visiting mission to Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso to assess the operationalisation of the joint force of the G5 Sahel, or FC-G5S. The mission will be co-led by Ethiopia, France and Italy. Upon returning to New York, the Council expects to hold a ministerial-level meeting to discuss ways the international community can support the FC-G5S. At the meeting, the Council will receive a briefing from Secretary-General António Guterres and discuss his report on the activities of the FC-G5S, including the challenges encountered in its operationalisation and possible measures for further consideration. The discussion will be chaired by Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

  • 12 September 2017

    Lake Chad Basin Briefing

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    Tomorrow (13 September), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is expected to brief the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s 7 September report on the situation in Lake Chad Basin region (S/2017/764). The Council requested the report in resolution 2349, which...

  • August 2017

    Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In August, the Council expects to receive a briefing on the joint force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel), comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Resolution 2359 of 21 June asked the Secretary-General to provide an oral briefing within two months of the adoption on the activities of the G5 Sahel, “including on its operationalization, on challenges encountered and possible measures for further consideration”.

  • July 2017

    UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In July, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNOWAS, will brief the Council on recent developments and the semi-annual UNOWAS report.

  • Tomorrow (21 June), the Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution welcoming the deployment by the Group of Five (G5)—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger—of a joint force throughout the territories of its contributing countries with a...

  • 24 January 2017

    Update on The Gambia

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    Tomorrow (25 January), Council members are expected to receive a briefing from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) via video-teleconference. The meeting has been organised as...

  • 19 January 2017

    Resolution on The Gambia

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    The Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution today on The Gambia, amidst the country’s ongoing political crisis and the possibility of an ECOWAS military intervention. Although his term expired today, President Yahya Jammeh has refused to cede power...

  • On Friday (13 January), the Security Council will receive a briefing from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), which will be followed by consultations. Chambas’ briefing...

  • 11 January 2017

    Discussion on the Lake Chad Basin Crisis

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    On 12 January, the Security Council is expected to receive briefings from Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs TayĆ©-Brook Zerihoun and OCHA head Stephen O’Brien on the Lake Chad Basin crisis precipitated by the Boko Haram conflict. This will be followed...

  • January 2017

    UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

    Monthly Forecast

    In January, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), will brief on the semi-annual UNOWAS report.

  • 18 December 2016

    Briefing on The Gambia

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    Tomorrow morning (19 December), Council members are expected to receive a briefing in consultations on The Gambia from the Department of Political Affairs. This will be Council members’ third meeting on The Gambia since President Yahya Jammeh announced on 9...