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10-Jan-2019 00:02:54
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, told the Security Council that since his last briefing, “further progress has been made in democratic consolidation in West Africa and the Sahel, despite persisting security challenges.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

10 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“Since my last briefing, further progress has been made in democratic consolidation in West Africa and the Sahel, despite persisting security challenges.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“In the past six months, presidential elections were successfully organised in Mali, regional and parliamentary elections in Mauritania and Togo respectively, and local elections were organized in Cote d Ivoire. However, despite appreciable progress in democratic consolidation in the region, there is a need for continuous efforts to address contentious issues around elections, in order to prevent and mitigate election-related violence, as well as to support inclusive dialogue as a key attribute of inclusive societies.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“The next cycle of elections in the region, will be a litmus test for the consolidation of democratic gains. Ensuring the enabling environment for the full respect of human rights, will be key for the success of these elections and in safeguarding stability in the region.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Désiré Wulfran Ipo, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cote d’Ivoire to the United Nations:
“At this stage I would like to stress that Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea are working to organize a possible visit of the Security Council to Guinea Bissau and Cote d’Ivoire in order to address the situation in the region and to support the efforts of the UNOWAS, because my country remains convinced that despite the complexity of the challenges, UNOWAS is an important tool to prevent conflicts in West Africa and the Sahel.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. Zoom in, Chambas walks up to podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel:
“The security situation remains worrying, particularly now in Burkina Faso, in Niger, and in the northeast of Nigeria where we have witnessed a spike in terrorist attacks in this general Sahel, Lake Chad basin area, which requires strong international response in support of regional efforts such as the effort of the Multinational Joint Task Force, in the Lake Chad basin, and of course the G5 Sahel forces in the Sahel region.”
13. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, today (10 Jan) told the Security Council that since his last briefing, “further progress has been made in democratic consolidation in West Africa and the Sahel, despite persisting security challenges.”

Presenting the latest report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS,) Chambas noted that in the past six months, “presidential elections were successfully organised in Mali, regional and parliamentary elections in Mauritania and Togo respectively, and local elections were organized in Cote d Ivoire.”

However, he said, “despite appreciable progress in democratic consolidation in the region, there is a need for continuous efforts to address contentious issues around elections, in order to prevent and mitigate election-related violence, as well as to support inclusive dialogue as a key attribute of inclusive societies.”

Chambas said, “the next cycle of elections in the region, will be a litmus test for the consolidation of democratic gains” and added that “ensuring the enabling environment for the full respect of human rights, will be key for the success of these elections and in safeguarding stability in the region.”

Also addressing the Council, Ambassador Désiré Wulfran Ipo of Cote d’Ivoire, announced that the Ivorian and Equatorial Guinean delegations “are working to organize a possible visit of the Security Council to Guinea Bissau and Cote d’Ivoire in order to address the situation in the region and to support the efforts of the UNOWAS.”

Outside the Council, Chambas told reporters that “the security situation remains worrying, particularly now in Burkina Faso, in Niger, and in the northeast of Nigeria where we have witnessed a spike in terrorist attacks in this general Sahel, Lake Chad basin area, which requires strong international response in support of regional efforts such as the effort of the Multinational Joint Task Force, in the Lake Chad basin, and of course the G5 Sahel forces in the Sahel region.”

Within the next six months elections will be held in Nigeria, Senegal, Mauritania and Benin.
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