A United Nations - African Union high-level mission meet the Executive Secretary of LCBC and the Deputy Commander of MNJTF
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mrs Amina Mohammed, led a delegation to N’Djamena for a second high-level mission, which focused on women, peace and security. This meeting falls in line with a visit planned to three African countries (South Sudan, Chad and Niger) and which started on 3 July 2018. The mission is under the auspices of Sweden, which assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council during the month of July.
In Chad from 4 - 6 July, the delegation comprised of Mrs Margot Wallstrôm, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Mrs Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Mrs Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuk, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Mr. Bience Gawanas, Special Adviser on Africa, Mr. Brahim Thiaw, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Sahel, Mrs Zaina Nyiramatama, Head of the AU Liaison Office in Chad, Mr. François Louncény, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. Stephen Tull, Resident and humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations in Chad as well as other resource persons. The meeting with the Executive Secretary of LCBC, took place at the Roxy hall of the N’Djamena Hilton Hotel on 6 July 2018 at 8 a.m.
The hour and a half-long deliberations focused on the latest developments in the Lake Chad basin. Discussions centred on the prevailing security and humanitarian situation and the “women, peace and security” approach. Today, these issues are for the United Nations a determining factor of the political and socio-economic processes. They also discussed mechanisms for responding to crises, especially the resilience of the States and communities in question in the face of various threats and challenges.
The Executive Secretary of LCBC, Head of Mission of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the Deputy Commander of MNJTF composed mainly of troops from member countries of LCBC and Benin, presented the latest developments in this part of the world, particularly security responses. The presentation also highlighted the situation of women who are victims of abduction, forced marriage, used as human bombs and many other unimaginable and unspeakable acts that can also become “solutions”, provided that they are fully involved in peace processes and peace-building, such as the stabilization process.
It should be noted that the delegation, which had visited the lake region the previous day, will share views with the authorities of Chad and the civil society on peace, security and development before leaving for Niger.