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Cross-cutting efforts to build up security across Somalia

Al Shabbab terrorists continue to undermine security across Somalia as the government tries to build up its institutions and make the country more economically self-sufficient.

That’s according to the head of the UN Assistance Mission there (UNSOM), Michael Keating, who spelled out that “a multi-dimensional effort to build an accountable, affordable State” is well underway.

UN Photo/Tobin Jones (file)

“Huge sense of anticipation” ahead of Somalia presidential vote

There is “a huge sense of anticipation” in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, ahead of presidential elections on Wednesday, according to UN Special Representative in the country, Michael Keating.

Twenty-three men, including incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, are vying to lead the Horn of Africa country which has not had a central government for decades.

The UN and the international community, including forces serving with the African Union mission, AMISOM, have been supporting the electoral cycle which began with parliamentary elections last year.

UN/Omar Abdisalan

Somali youths fight against “rampant” gender-based violence

Somali youths must unite to help eradicate “rampant” sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

That was the call from one young speaker at a recent symposium held in Mogadishu, organized by a key UN partner in the east African state, that’s recovering from decades of war.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) conference, serves as a forum for Somali youth to openly discuss ways to eradicate gender-based violence.

UN Photo/Kim Haughto

Somalia readying for extraordinary electoral process

The upcoming electoral process in Somalia could mark a watershed moment for the country, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

After several delays, the parliamentary vote now will take place beginning 23 October, followed by presidential elections at the end of November.

The indirect elections prepare the path for universal elections in 2020.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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