UK has explained the reason for a UN resolution on the Boko Haram crisis in the Lake Chad Basin.
On Friday, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2349 (2017) to bring attention to the Boko Haram crisis.
The UK Permanent Representative to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, on Monday said the Security Council resolution was a landmark development.
“This adoption marks the start of the next chapter of our work on the Lake Chad Basin. Seeing a crisis first hand is a good start but it isn’t enough on its own,” Rycroft said.
“It isn’t enough just to bring attention to its situation. We will fail the people of the region if we do not respond to what we saw; if we don’t take tangible action to bring real relief, real respite to the suffering, the hunger, the instability.
“Through this resolution, we have made clear what action needs to be taken.
“ First and foremost, we need the countries in the region, the international community and the UN urgently to scale up their response to the humanitarian crisis.
“If we act now famine can be avoided. But that means quickly dispersing money pledged at Oslo – every single dollar of the 458 million dollars pledged by donors, every single dollar of the one billion dollars pledged from the Government of Nigeria.
“It means supporting the regional governments to lead a comprehensive and effective response to the crisis, building on the leadership they have already shown.
“It means all in the region, including ECOWAS and ECCAS, addressing the root causes of the crisis – addressing economic inequalities, countering violent extremism, empowering women.”
“ Boko Haram exploits the poverty in the northeast, it exploits the men who view women as no more than objects, wives and cooks without the prospect of a future,’’ he added.
“ We also must avoid a protracted crisis by better bridging the divide between humanitarian and development programming,
“If we are to bring a conclusion to this crisis, we must also commend and support the countries in the region on their efforts to combat Boko Haram, including through the Multi National Joint Task Force.
“They must sustain their momentum to defeat Boko Haram and Daesh,” he said.