A Plot of Land: Hope Restoration in Agadez

A community stabilization project recently launched by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is giving 30 Nigeriens in Agadez reason to dream of a better future in their communities.

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Mohamed, Issouf, Moussa, and Aghali are members of communities that are affected by migration flows in Niger. A community stabilization project recently launched by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is giving them and 26 other Nigeriens in Agadez reason to dream of a better future in their communities. The group of 30 is made up of returnees from Libya, ex migrant smugglers and youth at risk; their lives are all guided by a mix of ambition, uncertainty, and most importantly hope. They are now looking to the agricultural sector for opportunities to improve their lives.

Louise Arbour/UN addresses UNCCD COP13

Video message by SRSG Arbour at the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, held in Inner Mongolia, from 6-16 September 2017.
In the video, the SRSG explores how environmental drivers of migration, such as land degradation, desertification and soil erosion, undermine the sustainability of local livelihoods and push people to leave their communities.

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