European Engagement in the Sahel Region: Understanding Security and Development Priorities
The Paris office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is organizing, in partnership with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Embassy in Paris, a public conference on “European Engagement in the Sahel: Understanding Security and Development Priorities,” next June 7, at the Hôtel La Bourdonnais, from 8:30-12:15.
Several initiatives, of which the creation of a Sahel Alliance in July 2017 and the High Level Conference on the Sahel organized in Brussels in February 2018, demonstrate the international’s community’s willingness to strengthen international support to Africa's Sahel countries in the areas of security and development, notably through the G5 Sahel Joint Force. This conference, which will be structured around two panels, will aim to highlight different European perspectives to rethink the security-development nexus in the Sahel region. The speakers will notably address the challenges faced by European partners to provide efficient support to the G5 Sahel Force as well as the need to strengthen the interlinkage between security and humanitarian goals in their strategies. Moreover, the importance of enhancing the human rights aspects in the security operations in the Sahel will be discussed with a focus on human rights training of the G5 Sahel Joint Force.
The seminar will begin with an off-the-record dinner with high-level European and Danish policymakers on the evening of Wednesday, June 6, followed by the conference and working lunch to take place on Thursday, June 7. Additionally, there will be special participation of Jean-Marc Chataigner, France’s special envoy for the Sahel and M. Angel Losada, the European’s Special Representative for the Sahel.