7th special envoys for the Sahel and partners meeting
Special envoys for the Sahel and their partners met on 17-18 October 2019 at the Casa África in Las Palmas, Spain. Traditionally an informal meeting bringing together representatives from various partner countries and regional organisations (African Union, Belgium, Denmark, ECOWAS, European Union, Finland, France, G5 Sahel, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, United Nations, the United States and the SWAC Secretariat), the event opened up to researchers and Sahel experts. They shared their analysis and insights on three major topics: security and stability, economic development and women’s contributions to peace and stability. Special envoys also discussed the difficulties in implementing the Algiers Agreement in Mali and the deteriorating security situation in Liptako-Gourma area. In his presentation, SWAC Secretariat Director Laurent Bossard spoke about the challenges of border management. In parallel, the G5 Sahel countries held a meeting in Nouakchott about how to the reinvigorate border police.