Online side event on civil-military dialogue and coordination in the Central Sahel

Video recording now available for the online side event on Central Sahel that happened on 15 October 

 On 15 October, the Government of the United Kingdom, the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNOCHA, with the support of PHAP, co-hosted an online side event centered on the actions we can take to improve how humanitarian and military actors coordinate in the Central Sahel. 

The event comprised a panel discussion and interactive audience Q&A, with opening remarks from the UK’s Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP and closing remarks from Lisa Carty, the Director of Humanitarian Financing & Resource Mobilization Division at UNOCHA and the UK’s Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs, Nick Dyer.

Participants heard from Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council; Brigadier General Pierre Joseph Givre, MINUSMA Force Chief of Staff; Tidiane Fall, Country Director, Action Contre le Faim Nigere; Colonel Major Pierre Ouédraogo, État-major Général des Armées, Burkina Faso; and Fatimata Touré, President of Regional Forum on Reconciliation and Peace in Gao. These panellists built on the practical foundations in place, drew on lessons learned and together reached a shared understanding of what successful civil-military coordination looks like and why it is important.

The side event led to recommendations and a follow up plan, which was put forward to the Ministerial Roundtable on the Central Sahel on 20 October 2020, hosted by UNOCHA, Government of Denmark, Government of Germany and the EU.

If you missed this event, you can access video recordings of the event both in English and French on the event page.

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