Nigeria, Germany, Norway, and the United Nations are holding strategic talks in Berlin on Boko Haram, to bring their activities to an end. 

The "pledging conference on Boko Haram" started on Monday and will end on Tuesday, September 4. 

It is jointly organised by the 3 countries and the UN, and is one of the 2018 largest pledging conferences for the Lake Chad region.

The conference will focus on humanitarian assistance, civilian protection, crisis prevention and stabilisation for the region, as well as seek to raise funds for the humanitarian requirements totalling $1.56 billion.

Pledges at the conference would help provide humanitarian assistance for the Northeast Nigeria and parts of Niger, Chad and Cameroon, ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents.

Participants will also discuss the perspectives of civil society, their concerns and contributions, as well as how to strengthen collaboration between the affected countries and organisations involved in responding to the crisis.

The Nigerian delegation to the Berlin conference is being led by Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Professor Tijjani Bande.

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The Nigerian envoy said recently that Nigeria had developed a $6.7-billion robust plan of action for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of Northeast, devastated by Boko Haram activities.

 “The Berlin Conference on the Lake Chad has been slated for the first week of September 2018 and would build substantially on the outcome of the February 2017 Oslo Donors Conference on the Lake Chad.

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“I would like to take this opportunity to call on all stakeholders to redouble efforts and commitment towards making the coming Berlin Conference on the Lake Chad of Sept. 3 to 4, 2018, a watershed.

“This is in our collective resolve to further mobilise resources and demonstrate implicit commitment to plans that will ensure moving quickly beyond the immediate humanitarian needs,  to concrete sustainable developmental projects capable of substantially elevating the lives of the majority of people in the region,” Bande said.

The Nigerian envoy stressed the need for collaboration and cooperation among countries of the Lake Chad, the donors, as well as humanitarian and development partners.

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