Debate “European Imprint in Sahel: Contributing to Security and Stability in the Troubled Region”

Date of publication: October 21, 2022

Prague Centre for Middle East Relations (PCMR) of CEVRO Institute organized a public debate “European Imprint in Sahel: Contributing to Security and Stability in the Troubled Region.”

The event took place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 16:00-17:30 at the atrium of CEVRO Institute (Jungmannova 17, Praha 1).

The event put under scrutiny the current European Union’s and European state’s role in Sahel. The particular focus was on the security and political situation in the wake of numerous challenges the troubled region faces including political instability, Islamic radicalism and insurgencies or environmental issues.

Our distinguished guests were:

  • Djimé Adoum, High Representative of the Sahel Coalition
  • Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel of the MINSAHEL

Opening remarks were delivered by Emanuela Del Re, EU Special Representative for the Sahel. The debate was moderated by Vojtěch Bílý, Research Fellow at PCMR.

The event was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and supported by the H.E. Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Speakers’ bios

Ms. Emanuela Claudia Del Re took up the duties of EU Special Representative for the Sahel on 1 July 2021. Her mandate is to lead the EU’s contribution to regional and international efforts for lasting peace, security and development in the Sahel. She also coordinates the EU’s comprehensive approach to the regional crisis, on the basis of the EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel. Ms Emanuela Claudi Del Re is an Italian national with a long academic career, having conducted extensive research in conflict areas in the Middle East, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She was a member of the Italian Parliament and served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

Dr. Djimé Adoum was appointed High Representative of the Coalition for the Sahel in February 2021 by the Heads of State at the N’Djamena Summit. With his team from the Secretariat of the Coalition in Brussels, his mandate is to facilitate coordination and interaction between the different dimensions of international action in support of the G5 Sahel countries.

An agronomist by training with more than 25 years of professional experience in international development, Dr. Adoum has served as Chad’s Minister of Agriculture and technical advisor to the President of the Republic. For 7 years, he headed the CILSS (Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel), where he notably mobilized new partners (World Bank, ADB, IDB who have since invested heavily in pastoralism and irrigation) and USAID and EU contributions for strategies for resilience, food security and adaptation to climate change.

Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye has served as United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator from 2019 to 2020. He was previously UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for the UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programmes Support from 2018 to 2019, and as ASG and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa from 2013 to 2018. He also served as Chief of Staff of the UNDP Administrator, and Director of UNDP’s Executive Office from 2009 to 2013, and as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States from 2006 to 2009.

Prior to that, Mr. Dieye served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), as UN Resident Coordinator, UN Designated Official for Security; Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Dieye held several senior positions within the Government of Senegal, as Chief of the General Planning Division and Technical Inspector in the Ministry of Planning and Cooperation. He led the design of national development plans and international negotiations for development financing.

M. Dieye is Ingénieur Statisticien Economiste graduated from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE-CESD) of the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE), Paris. He studied Advanced and Specialized Mathematics, at Lycée National du Parc, Lyon, France; and also holds a Masters in Development Studies – specialized in Economic Policy and Planning-EPP – from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Den Haag, The Netherlands.