Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the special representative of the secretary general and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), has scheduled visits to Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -- the five countries that form the G5 Sahel.
The visits mark Ibn Chambas’ first since UNOWAS was established, which followed the January 2016 merger of UNOWAS and the Office of the Special Envoy for the Sahel (OSES). Ibn Chambas’s scheduled tour of the G5 Sahel is part of the United Nations’ commitment to support the countries in the region. This was outlined in the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS).
During his visit, Ibn Chambas will meet with authorities from the G5 Sahel countries, representatives of diplomatic corps, and U.N. officials.