Mission Explores Impact of Libyan Crisis on Sahel
A DPA-led inter-departmental mission to assess the impact of the crisis in Libya on the Sahel region visited the region in December 2011 along with officials from the African Union, and provided the basis for a report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that was debated in the Security Council in late January 2012. During the field visit to four countries in the region, including Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, the team members met with senior government officials as well as representatives from the UN, regional organizations and the civil society. The delegation headed by Sam Bassey Ibok, Deputy Director of DPA’s Africa II Division also visited Nigeria and Senegal in West Africa.
With participation of numerous UN entities, the mission’s scope ranged from the effects of migration to neighbouring countries, humanitarian assistance to border security. It also provided assessments on the proliferation of weapons, transnational organized crime and counter-terrorism.