This conversation platform is an open consultation between the United Nations system and the people of the Sahel through which the audience have the opportunity to provide diverse views and contributions relating to the United Nations interventions in the Sahel region. Contributions and views in this regard will be made in accordance with the laid down guidelines for each conversation topic. In general, the consultations will focus on the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and the United Nations Support Plan (UNSP) priority areas as well as other critical areas of development concern. However, because this is a pilot conversation the purpose of the discussion and call to action is for the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel (SCDS), Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, to introduce the UNISS and the UNSP and, he will equally provide a few headlines about the UN Sahel Roadmap which is under construction to the Sahelians.
Specifically, participants during the entire conversations, will be expected in the discussion room, to give their remarks/comments/feedback and recommendations about the following:
The overarching purpose of the Sahel Conversations initiative is to generate a transformational shift through active engagement of the United Nations System with the people of the Sahel region as part of the overarching goals on Changing the Narrative of the Sahel. The Platform is also an opportunity to share the work and programme of the United Nations during the conversations in order for the Sahelians to know what the United Nations plans to do and why, what it is doing and why, where, how and for whom?
The audience of these Conversations fit the larger picture of the Sahelians, in particular, Sahelians from across the 10 UNISS countries, (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, The Gambia and Senegal), Members of the UN system Offices, Agencies, Funds and Programmes (in particular those working on/having operational presence in the Sahel), regional/sub-regional organizations, Representatives from the Governments of the 10 Member States NGOs, CSOs, including Youth and Women, the Academia, and other non-state actors working on the UNISS priority areas.
Overall, it is aimed that the Sahelian voices would significantly guide the United Nations’ response and interventions in the Sahel towards implementing the UNISS and UNSP. For the purpose of this first conversation on introducing the UNISS/UNSP and the roadmap, participants' feedback, views and contributions will go a long way to inform the final content and adoption of the roadmap as well as inform and re-orient the direction of focus on the investments around the UNSP priority areas.
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