Briefing on West Africa’s political challenges


On 13 January 2017 in New York, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), briefed the UN Security Council on West Africa’s status. Even though Ibn Chambas welcomes the region’s progress on democracy, where most of the recent elections have taken place without irregularities, he expressed concern about the political crisis in The Gambia. In that country, the outgoing President Yahya Jammeh rejected the results of the December presidential election after having initially accepting his defeat. In this regard, Ibn Chambas welcomed the ECOWAS’s attempts to mediate and solve the country’s crisis. The special representative then presented the state of affairs of several countries in the region, noting in particular the humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria, and he called for increased support for emergency programmes. He also reminded them about UNOWAS’s determination to implement at the regional level the Resolution on Sustaining Peace, which was adopted in 2016 by the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.


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