Statement of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel at the Launch of the Voices from the Sahel Conversations on the Spark Blue Conversations Platform

Dear Youth and Women of the Sahel,

Welcome to this first ever Conversation between the United Nations and peoples of the Sahel on this platform:

I am Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Development in the Sahel with the responsibility of coordinating the UN’s development agenda according to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and its Support Plan. I am a Sahelian too, and as a child of the Sahel, I feel particularly concerned by the vast challenges we are confronted with as a people.

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