Sahel: The Deepening Crisis and its Humanitarian Consequences
Featuring David Gressly, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, United Nations
The Sahel region, which spans across nine African countries, is estimated to have more than 18 million people facing food insecurity due to the combination of drought, political instability, and high food prices. Although international organizations and governments acted on the early warning signs of food insecurity earlier in 2011, an emergency response is still vital, but long-term, structured, development efforts are also essential.
Please join us for a discussion featuring Mr. David Gressly, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel. He will share updates on the crisis and the humanitarian relief efforts the United Nations currently has underway. Ms. Johanna Nesseth Tuttle, Director of the Global Food Security Project, will moderate the discussion.
Mr. David Gressly was appointed Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Sahel in April 2012. His role is to oversee the response at the regional level and ensure coherence of efforts across the countries. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gressly was the UNICEF Regional Director in West and Central Africa, and was responsible for the organization's operations in 24 countries. From 2008-2011, he also served as UN Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan during the UN peacekeeping mission.
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