Abuja - The United States has called for increased partnerships to end the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and the rest of the Sahel region.
Ambassador David Pressman, US Alternate Representative to the UN for Special Political Affairs, also recommended good governance by the countries of the region and further progress by the UN system and its partners towards effective implementation of the UN Sahel Strategy.
“First, we believe that enhanced focus on good governance by the countries of the region is essential. It is, appropriately, one of the pillars of the UN Sahel Strategy – inclusive and effective governance – and improvements here will serve as the foundation for stability across the region,” said Pressman.
He was speaking at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa
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He said partners must work collectively to counter the underlying drivers of violent extremism in the Sahel.
The United States, he said, welcomed the region’s efforts to create a new countering violent extremism youth network for the region, which he hoped would enable the sharing of best practices.
He welcomed the fact that the leaders in the Sahel were working to deepen cooperation amongst themselves, including through the Group of Five for the Sahel and the Nouakchott Process, by coming to an agreement on a shared vision of the region’s transnational threats and the efforts needed to address them.
Pressman encouraged further progress by the UN system and its partners towards effective implementation of the UN Sahel Strategy.
“We welcome the Secretary-General’s forthcoming strategic review of the Office of the Special Envoy for the Sahel and to considering its recommendations on ways to improve the UN system’s capacity to deliver assistance effectively to the Sahel region,” said Pressman.
The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed the lives of more than 20 000 people and displaced more than 2 million.
- CAJ News