NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 13 – The Lake Chad Basin crisis, which encompasses large areas of the territories of four countries [Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger], is one of the largest humanitarian emergencies worldwide, with several millions people in need of assistance. It is a multidimensional crisis, and its root causes include climate change, poverty and underdevelopment, issues that the population in the region have been tackling for decades, the Italian Deputy Representative to the UN Inigo Lambertini said after a briefing of the UN Security Council.
“The situation in region sharply reminds us about the relationship between climate change, insecurity, population growth, unmet humanitarian needs and the risk of radicalization”, Lambertini said, connecting the crisis with the instability in the Sahel. “The terrorist threat and the scourge of trafficking in persons, drugs and arms are spreading across both regions and I would like to commend the efforts carried out by the countries of the region in order to provide stability and security as in the case” .
In this respect Lambertini commended the efforts carried out by the countries of the region in order to provide stability and security as in the case of the MNJTF and the G5 Sahel force. Calling for a “regional, integrated and comprehensive approach”, he also recalled the important role played by the European Union, one of the key partner of the Region, and commended the UN and the African Union for having dedicated to one of the country of the Lake Chad region one stage of the first-ever joint high-level mission focused on women’s meaningful participation in peace, security and development.
Addressing the Council, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that, while the efforts of the Governments in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin have diminished Boko Haram’s combat capacity in the region, the terrorist group has changed its tactics, increasing the use of suicide attacks.
The top United Nations political official said the coordinated efforts among the region’s Governments, including through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had “without question” yielded encouraging progress in the fight against Boko Haram. (@OnuItalia)