Luxembourg Intervenes at the High-Level Meeting on the Sahel Region
In his intervention at the High-Level Meeting on the Sahel Region, organised by the UN Secretary-General, Luxembourg’s deputy Prime Minister, Jean Asselborn, underlined Luxembourg’s experience of more than 20 years in development cooperation with a number of countries in the region, notably Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Convinced of the relevance of the intrinsic link between security, development and human rights, Luxembourg has been pursuing an integrated regional approach which consists in tackling underlying causes of conflicts.
Minister Asselborn welcomed the future Integrated Strategy of the United Nations for the Sahel, as well as the intention of the Secretary-General to nominate a Special Envoy for the Region, expressing his hope that these measures should allow to reinforce coordination in the UN System an between the different stakeholders of the international community in support of the states of the region. Faced with severe human rights violations in the north of Mali, the Minister encouraged the countries of the region, supported by ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations, the Security Council and the European Union, to pursue their efforts towards a coherent response.