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UN to adopt Borno model for humanitarian crisis

Mr Steiner made the remark when he hosted a delegation of the Borno government led by Governor Babagana Zulum in his office in Geneva, Switzerland.

• June 18, 2023
Achim Steiner and Governor Babagana Zulum
Achim Steiner and Governor Babagana Zulum

Achim Steiner, the administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says the global body is considering the adoption of the Borno State model for the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Mr Steiner made the remark when he hosted a delegation of the Borno government led by Governor Babagana Zulum in his office in Geneva, Switzerland.

The UNDP chief had been discussing the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and their livelihoods with the Zulum-led delegation.

The meeting, held on Thursday, focused on “IDP solutions plans” with specifics on “Government leadership, community driven approach and voluntary return, relocation & integration.” 

During the talks, Mr Steiner expressed his desire for the UN to adopt Borno State’s successful humanitarian model.

This was disclosed at a meeting hosted by the Centre International De Conference (CICH) hosted by the Office of the Special Adviser, William Chemaly.  

Governor Zulum, at the meeting, highlighted the successes achieved in Borno State through the implementation of his administration’s novel approach to the humanitarian situation tagged “Borno Model”.

The ‘Borno Model’ is a non-kinetic approach aimed at handling counter-insurgency efforts and addressing humanitarian crises for over one decade.

Mr Zulum had previously attended a breakfast Strategic Country Update on North-East, Nigeria, organised and hosted by the famous Graduate Institute, University of Geneva. 

The governor engaged over 20 academics, humanitarian, peace, security, development actors, think-tanks, and researchers analysing Borno’s practical experiences on the Boko Haram crisis and how the non-kinetic approach yields results.

The UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Yahya, spoke while the Nigerian Ambassador to Geneva also made a presentation on Nigeria’s stand.

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