Special Initiatives


UN Support Plan for the SAHEL (EN)

UN Support Plan for the SAHEL (FR)

Harnessing renewable energy development in the SAHEL (EN)

Enhancing prosperity of women and youth in the SAHEL (EN)

Our work in the SAHEL


To better coordinate the work of the UN system and to facilitate the cooperation between the 30 different agencies working in the Sahel region, the Secretary General on 21 March 2018 has appointed Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, former Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) https://www.unenvironment.org, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser for the Sahel.

In support of the action of the Special Adviser and thanks to the intervention of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development (ACSD) and UNDP, Italy provided funding of 1.500.000 EUR which helped realize the surge capacity needed to fast track implementation of UNISS. This included the establishment of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Sahel in Dakar, Senegal.

The generous support of the Italian government was given through the Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) https://www.minambiente.it/ on a cost-sharing basis under the auspices of ACSD with the goal of promoting the Sahel as the Land of Opportunities.

Since its inception, The Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Sahel (OSAS) has made significant progress: