The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Mr. Mustapha Tolba, visited Senegal on?
GV Foreign Ministry building in Dakar
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated (2 shots)
SV UNEP Executive Mustapha Tolba speaking to delegates
SV PAN Various delegates seated at tables (6 shots)
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Background: The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Mr. Mustapha Tolba, visited Senegal on Wednesday (30 May) for talks with government officials and representatives of UNEP members in the Sahel region of the Sahara. Mr. Tolba was scheduled to meet President Senghor and the Prime Minister during his three day visit. But one of his first tasks was to chair a meeting of 15 representatives to discuss international efforts to combat the continuing drought conditions in the Sahel area.
SYNOPSIS: The Foreign Ministry building in Dakar was the scene for Wednesday's (30 May) meeting. There was one main item on the agenda--how to contain the crippling effects of drought and the continuing encroachment of the desert on fertile lands. Delegates at the meeting included representatives of the Food and Agricultural organisation (FAO) and several African regional economic organisations. In the past few year Senegal has suffered serious economic setbacks from the effects of droughts and famine in the Sahel. International organisations and foreign banks have helped with aid programmes, but experts say that the best the country can hope for is a slow, steady agricultural and economic recovery.