Note to Correspondents: Press Statement by the Peacebuilding Commission on Peacebuilding Priorities in the Lake Chad Basin – Nigeria
The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) has highlighted the need to increase support for the implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of Boko Haram Affected Areas in the Lake Basin Region Chad, emphasizing the essential role of Territorial Action Plans (TAP). The Commission met on April 20 with regional and local actors as part of the follow-up to the third Forum of Lake Chad Basin Governors, held in October 2021, during which the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) requested the Commission to use its convening and bridging platform to mobilize more support for the region’s peacebuilding priorities.
The Deputy Secretary-General delivered a pre-recorded message in which she highlighted the tremendous opportunities and untapped potential of the region. This was echoed by the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, the Governor of the Far North Region of Cameroon, the Senior Advisor to the Governor of Borno State in Nigeria and representatives of civil society. from Cameroon and Nigeria. Speakers stressed that a purely military approach is insufficient and called for sustained political will and increased funding to address the root causes of insecurity and violence. Statements from civil society briefers from Chad and Niger, who were unable to log on due to technical difficulties, were distributed after the meeting. They drew the Commission’s attention to the fact that climate change had further exacerbated the region’s difficult development trajectory. They noted that funding for adaptation remained insufficient, with many communities unable to cope with the ever-increasing threats of droughts and floods, food and water shortages, rising temperatures and climate change. changing weather conditions. They expressed concern about the disproportionate impact on women and stressed the need to increase the participation of women and young people, especially in the humanitarian and development aspects of the regional strategy.
The Director General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for Africa, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, the United Nations Development Coordinator for the Sahel and Assistant Deputy Minister for Peacebuilding Support intervened, highlighting the initiatives in favor of social cohesion and cross-border cooperation and the useful contributions of the working group of implementing partners of the LCBC and the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund.
The Commission welcomed the broadening of the support base of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to include humanitarian, development and peace actors, and encouraged a sustained partnership between the LCBC, the AU, the ECCAS, ECOWAS, the UN and the governors in the implementation of the regional strategy. . He particularly welcomed the use of dialogue platforms that allow key implementing actors to interact with civil society and the private sector in the conceptualization of interventions. The Commission discussed concrete ways to build local resilience and expressed its full support for placing women and youth at the heart of TAP implementation efforts. Many recognized the need for predictable funding for the implementation of the regional strategy, in particular through the creation of a common fund, stressing the need for projects specifically dedicated to strengthening the institutional capacities of LCBC States to implement implement the regional strategy.