On 27 January, the European Union, the United Nations, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark will host a virtual Senior Officials Meeting on the humanitarian situation in the Central Sahel Region (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger).
- humanitarian aid
- Live streaming available
- English, French
- European Union, United Nations, German Federal Foreign Office and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark
The humanitarian situation in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger is deteriorating at an alarming pace, with unprecedented levels of forced displacement and food insecurity.
The crisis in Central Sahel is on multiple fronts. Insecurity is the main driver, further aggravated by consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of the Senior Officials Meeting is to review progress made in implementing outcomes of the October 2020 Ministerial Roundtable Meeting. It also aims to renew commitment to mobilise policy and financial support for humanitarian and complementary resilience response. The purpose is also to galvanise political support for principled humanitarian action based on the recommendations of each country review processes.
Operational UN agencies, the Red Cross Red Crescent movement, non-governmental organizations and networks, civil society representatives and other key stakeholders are also invited to participate.
14:00 CET - Opening Session
- Mr Michael Koehler, Deputy Director General of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
- Mr Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
- High-level Representative of the Government of Burkina Faso
- High-level Representative of the Government of Mali
- High-level Representative of the Government of Niger
14:40 CET - Panel discussion on key outcomes from country reviews followed by a Q&A with Mr Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Sahel
15:20 CET - Plenary Session
16:50 CET - Closing Session
- Ms Mette Thygesen, Head of Humanitarian Actions, Civil Society, and Engagement, Department Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
- Ms Susanne Fries-Gaier, Director for Humanitarian Assistance, German Federal Foreign Office