Ambassadorial-Level meeting on the Sahel - Peacebuilding Commission, 16th session
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Meeting on climate-related peace and development challenges in the Sahel.

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The objective of the meeting is to support the ten UNISS countries of the region, and the G5 Sahel countries in particular, in their effort to address climate degradation issues from a peacebuilding perspective within the framework of the implementation of the UNISS/UNSP.  Considering the large impact of climate change on most vulnerable people, special consideration will be given to targeting efforts to women and youth. Building on a cross-border flagship initiative on transhumance in the Sahel, it is expected that the meeting would promote the implementation of the strategy and generate further political, technical, and financial support to specific climate change initiatives for the countries in the wider region where tensions between farmers and herders are exacerbated by the adverse impacts of climate change – and at times the cause of forced population displacements.

Over the past years, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) has been actively engaged in the Sahel to support its regional peacebuilding priorities, including through support for the implementation of the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and its Support Plan. Covering the period 2018-2030, the Support Plan focuses interventions in ten countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Chad) and aligns the UNISS with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the core priorities of national and regional partners.

The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict-affected countries and is a key addition to the capacity of the International Community in the broad peace agenda.