The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2391 (2017) of 8 December 2017, in which the Council requested the Secretary-General, in close coordination with the members of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and the Niger – and the African Union, to report on the activities of the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel and the support provided by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in this regard. The Council adopted resolution 2584 (2021) on 29 June 2021, renewing the mandate of MINUSMA, including enhanced support from MINUSMA to the Joint Force as authorized by the Council in resolution 2531 (2020). The present report covers the period from 12 November 2021 to 9 May 2022.
The highly volatile political and security situation in the Sahel had an impact on the operationalization of the Joint Force during the reporting period. Among other issues, uncertainty over the transition timelines in Mali and the 23 January coup d’état in Burkina Faso significantly slowed down the Joint Force’s operational tempo, particularly in Sector Centre and Sector West.