Sierra Leone on behalf of the A3+ Urges Global Action on Rising Security Threats, Political Tensions, and Humanitarian Crises

In a joint statement to the United Nations Security Council, Sierra Leone on behalf of the A3+ nations – Algeria, Guyana, and Mozambique, – have raised urgent concerns over the escalating security threats, political tensions, and humanitarian crises in West Africa and the Sahel region.

The A3+ commended the efforts of UNOWAS (United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel) and its Special Representative, Mr. Leonardo Santos Simão, for actively engaging with the affected countries. They highlighted positive developments in democratic consolidation in several nations, emphasizing progress in women’s representation and political participation.

However, the nations expressed grave concern over the security situation, especially in the Sahel, where terrorist groups occupy territories, leading to increased displacement and humanitarian challenges. They regretted the growing incidents of terrorism and violent extremism, calling for coordinated action with neighboring countries and stressing the critical role of regional and international organizations.

The A3+ also drew attention to the dire humanitarian situation in the central Sahel, with over 26.1 million people in need of assistance and protection. They urged the international community to prioritize humanitarian response plans, emphasizing the risks faced by children due to school closures caused by insecurity.

Additionally, the A3+ addressed the impact of climate change, noting its contribution to crises in the region, such as displacements and resource competition. They welcomed progress in implementing the Dakar Call to Action on Climate Change, Peace, and Security, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to address root causes and socioeconomic challenges.

In their concluding remarks, the A3+ expressed readiness to work with fellow Council members to issue a Presidential Statement on UNOWAS, emphasizing the significance of a consensus approach to support the mandate of the SRSG (Special Representative of the Secretary-General).

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