Monday, May 13, 2019

Ambazonia: UN Security Council to discuss Cameroon’s ‘humanitarian crisis’ today

Members of the United Nations Security Council will hold an informal meeting today on the humanitarian situation in Cameroon as the crisis in the North West and South West regions persists.

The Arria-formula meeting on the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon is organised by the  Dominican Republic, Germany, the UK and the US.

Panelists will be the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland, and Esther Omam Njomo, the Executive Director of Reach Out Cameroon.

Council members will be invited to speak, and other member states, permanent observers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) may attend and may request to speak while a summary of the meeting is expected from the Chairperson.

According to the concept note circulated ahead of the meeting, its focus is the humanitarian impact of violence and insecurity in Cameroon. Cameroon now has the 6th largest displaced population in the world, three million people are food insecure, and more than 1.5 million people need emergency health assistance. The objective is to raise awareness of the situation and to consider practical steps to be taken for an effective humanitarian response, including with regard to the protection of civilians, particularly of the most vulnerable populations, and respect for international humanitarian law.

Culled from UN Security Council report