Africa’s central Sahel region faces one of the world's fastest-growing humanitarian crises. More than 13 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – 5 million more than estimated at the beginning of the year.
On 20 October, a high-level Ministerial Roundtable on the Central Sahel will be held, co-organised by Denmark, Germany, the European Union and the United Nations.
The event aims at providing a forum for discussing longer-term perspectives for countries in the region to overcome the spiral of conflict and humanitarian crises they are currently facing. It also aims at mobilising political and funding support for the region among the international community, especially as already dire needs have now been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
The event is co-hosted by:
- H.E. Rasmus Prehn, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark
- H.E. Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany
- Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, European Union
- Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
UN Secretary-General António Guterres will also address the opening.
Date: Tuesday, 20/10/2020
Time: 14:30 – 16.30 CET
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