The Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) took part in a joint high-level mission of the United Nations and the European Union to Chad, conducted from 14 to 16 March 2019 in accordance with Security Council resolution 2349 (2017).
The purpose of the mission was to support Chad and other Member States of the Lake Chad Basin region, as well as relevant subregional and regional organizations, in their efforts to address the effects of violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and ISIL on peace and stability.
The United Nations was represented by Mr. François Fall and Mr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and for West Africa and the Sahel, respectively, and by Assistant Secretary-General Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of CTED. The European Union was represented by Mr. Angel Losada, EU Special Representative for the Sahel.
The goals of the mission were to learn about the security and humanitarian challenges currently faced by Chad, as well as the responses of local, national, and international actors (particularly in the context of the implementation of the Regional Strategy for Stabilization, Recovery, and Resilience of the Lake Chad Basin as affected by Boko Haram); to provide political support; and to strengthen coordination of counter-terrorism efforts.
The delegation met in N’Djamena with Chad’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration, International Cooperation, and the Diaspora and Minister of Territorial Administration, Public Security, and Local Governance; the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission; and the Commander-in-Chief of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
The delegation also visited Gomirom Doumou, in Chad’s Bol region, to meet with internally displaced persons (IDPs) and individuals associated with Boko Haram (whether they returned or surrendered), as well as with the Governor of Lac Province.
The mission was the first in a series of joint high-level missions to be conducted by the United Nations and the European Union to the States of the region in accordance with resolution 2349 (2017).