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In Partnership with IOM, UNFCCC and UNEP, UNOWAS Launches UN Regional Working Group on Climate Change, Environment, Security and Development in West Africa - World

English News and Press Release on World and 17 other countries about Climate Change and Environment; published on 11 Jun 2021 by UNOWAS

Dakar, 11 June 2021 - On Thursday 10 June, the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in partnership with the West and Central Africa Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Regional Collaboration Centre of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), launched a UN Regional Working Group on climate change, environment, security and development in West Africa.The launch of the Regional Working Group is part of UNOWAS’s initiatives following the Security Council’s request to undertake risk assessments in the sub region to examine the “adverse implications of climate change” and to assist governments and the UN system to address these challenges.The objective of the UN Regional Working Group is to combine knowledge and expertise of its members to promote an integrated and harmonized approach to climate change-related risks in coordination with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), linking regional policy development with local and national action.Christopher Gascon, Regional Director, IOM’s West and Central Africa Office highlighted that “the Working Group must allow us to document, support and design concrete solutions with the communities and the people of this region, including the migrants.

” “and this working group will certainly help achieve that goal,” he said.Elizabeth Sellwood, Head of the Environmental Security Unit at UNEP, stressed that “Because climate security risks are multi-dimensional, it is critical that we break the silos in which we too often work; this working group will not only promote greater collaboration across sectors and communities of practice at the regional level but also support the development of integrated approaches that leverage the mandates, specific expertise and added value of all UN partners.

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