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(Part 1) Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on the humanitarian situation in the Central Sahel Region
20 Oct 2020 -  Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on the humanitarian situation in the Central Sahel Region co-hosted by Denmark, Germany, the European Union, and the United Nations.

The ministerial conference will focus on the sharply deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Central Sahel, which covers Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

The conference aims to instill a more acute sense of urgency among policymakers about the situation in the Central Sahel, to raise money for humanitarian action – our response plans in the three countries are only about 40 per cent funded – and to encourage Sahelian and donor countries to offer specific, longer-term policy commitments to build resilience and stave off future humanitarian needs.

People living in the border region between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are now at an epicentre of conflict, poverty and climate change.

More than 13 million people need humanitarian assistance. The number of people facing acute hunger has tripled over the past year to reach 7.4 million. 1.5 million people are internally displaced, a twentyfold increase over two years. And lockdowns and other COVID-19 prevention measures have pushed an additional 6 million people into extreme poverty.

In all this, women and girls are especially vulnerable, and gender-based violence going up.

Objectives and outcomes:

Mobilize humanitarian and complementary development and resilience resources for organizations serving the most vulnerable and at-risk people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – preferably in the form of flexible, multi-year funding.
Concrete outcomes will include financial pledges for 2020 and/or 2021.

Galvanize political support, including at national level, for principled humanitarian action, unimpeded humanitarian access to those affected by the crises, and strengthened protection of civilians.
Concrete outcomes could be political commitments regarding principled humanitarian assistance, respect for international humanitarian law, and effective humanitarian civil-military coordination.

Support the elaboration of a framework of collaboration between humanitarian action, development, and peacebuilding, and propose country-specific roadmaps for sustainable recovery.
Concrete outcomes could include country-specific roadmaps for an effective nexus approach, and national government commitments regarding the provision of basic services and to durable solutions.