UN urges new efforts to defeat Boko Haram and tackle hunger
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is calling for stepped up efforts to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency and Islamic State extremists in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region and tackle the humanitarian crisis that has left millions facing hunger.
A resolution adopted unanimously Friday strongly condemns attacks by the militant groups and encourages greater support to strengthen the capabilities of the multinational force trying to rout them. It says the force needs logistical, mobility and communications assistance and equipment, and improved information sharing.
The resolution urges immediate disbursement of the $458 million in humanitarian assistance pledged for 2017 and calls on those who haven't donated to contribute urgently.
The Security Council visited the Lake Chad region in early March and witnessed the impact of the extremist attacks and the humanitarian crisis.