Friday, 16 September 2016

UN Summit to focus on Lake Chad Basin

The
United Nations will be holding a
special meeting on the Lake Chad

basin that has for several years been a
victim of the Boko Haram insurgency
and that of global warming.
This is according to media sources,
who also indicate that the summit,
scheduled to be held on September 23
in New York, will be presided over by
UN chief Ban Kimoon and will be
attended by the heads of state of the
Lake Chad basin.
Among the issues to be discussed
include climate change, migration and
the ongoing violence in the region.
In preparation for the meeting, UN
Assistant Secretary-General Toby
Lanzer went on a three-day visit to
Niger’s Diffa region where he met a
distressed population who have
suffered frequent attacks from Boko
Haram Islamist militants.
He has however vowed to make their
case to the donor community also
invited to attend the meeting.
The international community has been
called to increase financial assistance
in a bid to help Niger cope with the
humanitarian crisis.
Niger is ranked among the poorest
countries in the world.