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Director-General Addresses African Group Initiative on “Urgent Appeal for the Sahel”

29 June 2012

The Director-General, on behalf of the Secretary-General and a range of United Nations entities, addressed the “Urgent Appeal for the Sahel,” an African Group Initiative intended to raise the profile of the humanitarian crisis in the region. He stressed the importance of moving beyond humanitarian interventions to break the vicious cycle of food and nutrition crises in the Sahel, underlining the importance of supporting resilience in the short, medium and longer term. The Director-General stressed the commitment of the United Nations to ensuring that the humanitarian efforts have maximum impact and ensure long-term stability in the Sahel.