Archives for posts with tag: Sahel

Multiple Emergencies Pose Great Test for Global Humanitarian System

Excellent summary from Valerie Amos, Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator covering Syria, Philippines, CAR, South Sudan, Sudan, DRC, Somalia, Sahel, Afghanistan, Haiti, & Myanmar.

UN, World Bank Boosts Support for Women’s Health, Girl’s Education in Africa’s Sahel

Ban Ki-moon: “Help us create conditions where your daughters, your sisters & your wives have full equality. Help us create a society where women never have to fear violence at the hands of men. Help us create families where mothers & fathers decide together how many children they want to have.

United Nations & World Bank Announce Joint Visit to Sahel to Tackle Cycle of Crisis

The Sahel suffered 3 major droughts in less than 10 years. It stretches from Mauritania to Eritrea, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal & Sudan. More than 11 million are at risk of hunger & 5 million children under 5 are at risk of acute malnutrition.

Continued Hunger in the Sahe

The nutritional status of children under five is also of concern, with more than 1.4 million children are at risk of severe malnutrition in 2013.


From desertification, floods, locust, and severe drought in the Sahel, Africa has been in the headlines much of this year with major ramifications for health, lifestyle, food security, and the economy. Today, 6 December, 2012, communities across Africa will be better able to adapt to a more sustainable livelihood and food security with the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) new initiative  to combat the negative impact of climate change.

UN News Centre Source

The information portal known as the Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet), launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will serve as a hub for knowledge, research, successful initiatives and collaborative partnerships on climate change adaptation.
“It builds on ongoing efforts around the continent to mobilize existing knowledge and provide robust solutions to the major impact of climate change on lives and livelihoods in Africa,” the UN agency stated in a news release. Disasters such as severe droughts in the Sahel in 2012 and the Horn of Africa in 2011, noted UNEP, have brought into sharp focus the serious impacts on water, land, soil and other resources linked to climate change on the continent, and the need to build resilience to such pressures.
Global warming is expected to pose serious challenges to sustainable development, particularly as most African economies depend on climate-sensitive sectors such as water, agriculture, fisheries, energy and tourism.
“Yet the region lacks the capacity and resources needed to face the challenges of climate change – a problem that could have major economic consequences,” stated UNEP.
The AAKNet aims to support climate change adaptation in Africa by providing services such as aggregating knowledge in addressing pertinent climatic risks and sharing information across regions and countries, and providing tailored support to countries in developing strategic planning processes for climate change adaptation.
It also seeks to build partnerships with governments, research bodies, non-governmental organizations and others, with the aim of supporting climate change response. To reach those directly affected by climate change, the AAKNet initiative will also conduct workshops with community organizations, farmers, and other groups, to share knowledge and practical advice.
The initiative comes as countries continue their negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, hoping to reach agreements on issues such as the way forward on climate finance, a response to the widening emissions gap, and an extension of the Kyoto Protocol.
Under the 1997 Protocol, whose first commitment period expires at the end of 2012, 37 States – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. Today at the conference, which brings together the 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the parent treaty of the Kyoto Protocol, participants underlined their commitment to a range of priority actions, reviewed progress and pledged to re-double efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).
Six new countries – Chile, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Maldives, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea – today joined an international effort aimed at fast action on reducing black carbon, methane, some hydrofluorocarbons and other SLCPs.
This brings to almost 50 the number of partners in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition – a voluntary initiative aimed at maximizing the health, agricultural and climate benefits of swift action on SLCPs.
Fast action on black carbon and methane have the potential to slow a global temperature rise by up to 0.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, reduce air pollution-related deaths by as much as 2.4 million and crop losses by around 30 million tonnes annually, UNEP said in a news release.
Scientific assessments indicate that the near-term benefits in places like the Arctic and on glaciers in mountain regions could be even higher, it added. The Coalition, which was launched initially by six founding countries and UNEP in February this year, is already acting on several fronts. Among other actions, it is supporting an initial group of 10 major cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Stockholm, Accra and New York, to accelerate methane reductions from landfills and black carbon or ‘soot’ from burning wastes.

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Blog Report: Can Liberia Turn Corner & Now Aid West Africa Growing Humanitarian & Political Crisis? By Ambassador Mo
“As Liberia moves toward its tenth year of sustained peace, we can state with conviction that our country has turned the corner. We are no longer the country our citizens fled, our international partners pitied & our neighbors feared. Liberia is no longer a place of conflict, war & deprivation,” asserts Liberia’s President Johnson-Sirleaf, speaking before UN General Assembly.

Facing a rising crisis but falling support? From famine to locusts to expanding refugee crisis related to Mali’s civil conflicts, the Sahel is in a deepening crisis. Global response has been both late & severely inadequate. On a visit to Burkina Faso where many of Mali’s citizens have sought refuge, UN’s top humanitarian officials urged over last few months to provide badly needed assistance. –MORE & PHOTO GALLERY–

Set of film reports/videos now being launched by UNICEF to urgently raise awareness and sound the alarm regarding drought, hunger and famine now threatening the Sahel. This Report explains what can be done and exactly where/what is Sahel and the threat and especially focused on social media. –Watch–

Much talk but little action about the recent coups and Tuareg rebellion in Mali. As is often the case with its former colonies, France is taking the lead, but also the Economic Community of West African States is asserting its regional role as it did in the Ivory Coast. –More–

300 European professional clubs football stars will help raise awareness of the need for urgent action to avert a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of Africa. Starting on Saturday, European professional clubs will play a series of matches over four days in various cities, from Glasgow in Scotland to Novosibirsk in Russia, to raise awareness among football enthusiasts. -More-