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Permanent Interstate Committee on Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)

Comité Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel

Established: Following a March 1973 declaration of a drought-related disaster in the Sahel by Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta), Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.

Purpose: To overcome drought, ensure food security, fight desertification, and promote sustainable cooperative development in the Sahel region.

Headquarters: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Principal Organs: Conference of Heads of State and Government, Council of Ministers, Regional Committee for Programming and Follow-up, Executive Council, Executive Secretariat.

Web site: www.cilss.bf (In French, but with an English section under development.)

Executive Secretary: Alhousseini Bretaudeau (Mali).

Membership (9): Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal.

Working Languages: French and English. (The introduction of Portuguese and Arabic as working languages was approved in principle.)

Origin and development. CILSS was formed in 1973 ...

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