Niger: UN official vows to help country overcome socio-economic challenges
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||17 June 2011|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Niger: UN official vows to help country overcome socio-economic challenges, 17 June 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e01ba0a2.html [accessed 23 July 2014]|
The United Nations representative for West Africa today offered the world body's support to strengthening the democratic institutions in Niger, according to a press statement from the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).
Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, met President Mahamadou Issoufou and conveyed "the readiness of the United Nations to continue supporting efforts aimed at strengthening institutions and democratic governance," UNOWA said in a press statement.
Mr. Djinnit also offered "support to assist the country overcoming the various challenges it is facing, including in the socio-economic sphere and towards achieving food security."
Mr. Issoufou was inaugurated as President in April in what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called a "landmark achievement" in restoring constitutional order in the poor West African nation. He won a run-off election in March.
Last year renegade soldiers stormed the presidential palace and ousted then president Mamadou Tandja, who was accused of anti-democratic practices by opposition figures and the international community.