UNSO, United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office
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CTA. 1992. UNSO, United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office. Spore 39. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office (UNSO) was inaugurated in 1973 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in response to the successive years of drought which devastated the western Sahel. The aim was to help those areas which were...
The United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office (UNSO) was inaugurated in 1973 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in response to the successive years of drought which devastated the western Sahel. The aim was to help those areas which were worst afflicted. From 1976 the office was brought under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and two years later its mandate was extended: as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) it was to assist the 22 nations of the Sudano-Sahelian region in putting the anti-desertification action plan into effect. Today, UNSO's primary aims are to combat the increasing impoverishment of the land: to initiate sustainable development programmes, and to find means of combating drought and desertification. Seventeen out of the region's 22 countries are among the least developed in the world, so the whole region represents the highest concentration of under-developed countries. One of UNSO's priorities is to help governments formulate strategies to address the problems caused by drought and desertification. UNSO therefore supported the creation of a detailed and reliable information base and a follow-up mechanism for natural resources, both vital to the planning and execution of programmes. Meetings and information exchange are essential to effective drought and desertification control, and to this end UNSO lent its support to the ministerial conference towards a combined anti-desertification policy in order to coordinate African policies and programmes. UNSO specialists produce widely-circulated studies and reports on desertification. Finally, UNSO also has a duty to inform the public and to maintain current awareness. It therefore supports information exchange projects between developed and developing countries and organizes and funds meetings, audio-visual programmes and technical reports. UNSO One UN Plaza, New York NY 10017, USA West Africa: Avenue Dimbolobsom (sect 3) BP 366 Ouagadougou BURKlNA MSO East Africa: Gigiri A 125/127, PB 30552, Nairobi KENYA