The Coalition for the Sahel
The Coalition for the Sahel was announced at the Pau Summit on 13 January 2020 by the Heads of State of France, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the European Council, the European Union High Representative, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Secretary General of La Francophonie.
Read the press conference and joint statement by heads of State.
Providing a more collective and inclusive response to the Sahel crisis
The gravity of the crisis in the Sahel, the sense of urgency, and the importance of the needs require stronger, more inclusive action. This is the goal of the Coalition for the Sahel. The aim is to provide a more collective response to the challenges of the Sahel region by pooling the work undertaken by the G5 Sahel States and their international partners. Together they form a community of shared interests in accordance with the values and norms of the United Nations. It is not a substitute for existing decision-making processes.
The Coalition for the Sahel aims to facilitate the coordination and interaction between the various dimensions of international action to support the G5 Sahel countries. The aim is to ensure coherent action at the regional level, encompassing all levers and actors involved in the Sahel, including on security, political and development issues.
What is the Coalition for the Sahel ?
The founding events
On 28 April 2020, the European Union and the G5 Sahel countries, with the support of the United Nations and the African Union, reaffirmed their joint commitment at the highest level for the security, stability and development of the Sahel. The President of the European Council and the G5 Sahel Heads of State launched the Coalition for the Sahel and called for the Coalition to be expanded to include other international partners. They underlined the importance of the measures envisaged in the four pillars of the Coalition and the need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach bringing together short and long term actions.
Read the Joint Statement of the European Council members with G5 Sahel Member States made following the videoconference of 28 April 2020.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council :
« Today we agreed to continue to work together with our #G5Sahel partners to fight terrorism for the security, stability and peace of the region. It’s important to convince other international partners to join the Coalition for Sahel announced during our meeting in Pau. »
A Coalition based on
4 complementary pillars
In the context of a challenging security and humanitarian situation, this initiative offers a new framework for international action in collaboration with the G5 Sahel and its Executive Secretariat, across four complementary pillars which each have different leads.
Fight against terrorismSee more
Strengthening the capabilities of the G5 Sahel states’ armed forcesSee more
Support for the return of the State and administrations in the territorySee more
Development assistanceSee more
The Secretariat’s mission is to run the coordination between the partners, provide coherence within and between each of the four pillars and to monitor the results.
France proposed supporting the momentum for increased coordination and mobilization of partners by running the Secretariat of the Coalition for the Sahel for six months from 1 February 2020.
It is composed of representatives of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Armed Forces and the Agence Française de Développement and is placed under the authority of Frédéric Bontems, General Secretary. The body will take on a more international dimension in the future.
View the interview of the former special envoy of France for the Sahel on TV5 Monde.
It is open to contribution from partners of the Sahel Coalition and the G5 Sahel who wish to support its work through seconded staff. Several countries from Europe and the G5 Sahel have shown that they are keen to play a part in this.
Operational contacts have been made by the Coalition Secretariat with the G5 Sahel Executive Secretariat, ECOWAS as well as the European Union and the G5 Sahel partner States with a view to enabling the Coalition to meet its goals.
The Member States of the G5 Sahel and the members of the European Council “called upon the other like-minded bilateral and international partners of the G5 Sahel countries to join the Coalition for the Sahel and contribute to the joint efforts under its respective pillars.”
Extract of the Joint statement of the European Council members with G5 Sahel Member States made following the videoconference of 28 April 2020.