The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) will organize Joint Meeting on the Situation in the Sahel on Wednesday, 28 June 2017, from 10:30 AM to 1 PM, in Conference Room 4. The meeting will be chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of ECOSOC and His Excellency Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission.
The Joint Meeting will focus on the Sahel region, building on last year’s joint meeting on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace (24 June 2016). The situation in the Sahel region remains fragile, despite efforts at national, regional and international levels. The challenges are complex and multidimensional, and require a regional and cross-border cooperation for stability, resilience and long-term development. The joint ECOSOC and PBC meeting will address the root causes and drivers of conflict that pertain to the social, economic and environmental areas, including socio-economic inequalities, climate change, the lack of economic opportunities and jobs. Using the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) as a base, the meeting will engage the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and other stakeholders in the Sahel region to enhance coherence across political, security, peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors.
The ECOSOC and PBC joint meeting will bring together high-level representatives of UN Member States, civil society and the UN system.