Over 40 INGOs call for international support in the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin
With the crisis entering its ninth year and showing no signs of abating despite recent efforts, millions of people continue to be in urgent need of life-saving assistance across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger driven by extreme poverty, climate change, and violent conflict.
The High-Level Conference co-hosted by Germany, Nigeria, Norway, and UNDP is taking place in Berlin on September 3 and 4. The humanitarian requirements for the region in 2018 total US$1.56 billion and the Conference will aim to raise financial and other support not only for the humanitarian response but also to promote crisis prevention and stabilization, as well resilience for sustainable development.
INGOs issued two joint statement with some of the following recommendations :
- empower affected communities as agents of their own change
- refrain from harming civilians and ensure they are protected
- ensure transparent and accountable allocation of resources to address the root causes of the crisis whilst also addressing the increasing humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable