Somalia

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: climate challenges for the Pacific, new global health tool, updates on Yemen, the Gulf and Somalia

This Wednesday, top stories includes: the UN chief’s continued visit in the Pacific to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change; in Yemen, the fatal price that children are paying due to a conflict they did not cause; a new tool to track medical products worldwide; drought in Somalia; and updates on tensions in the Gulf.

News in Brief 15 May 2019

  • Pacific Islands have ‘moral authority’ to demand climate action: UN chief
  • WHO launches online tool to tackle ‘urgent need’ to combat threats to global health
  • Nearly a fifth of Somalis at risk from ‘disastrous’ drought
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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Press Freedom Day, Tuna Day, cultural dialogue, #GlobalGoals awards, updates on Syria, Somalia, Mali

This Thursday, top stories include: the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day and World Tuna Day, events for inter-cultural dialogue in Azerbaijan and for Global Goals action in Germany, and updates from Syria, Somalia and Mali.

News in Brief 2 May 2019

  • Harsh drought conditions in Somalia could trigger major humanitarian crisis, UN warns 
  • World Tuna Day highlights importance of sustainably managed fish stocks for the health of the ocean  
  • Festival in Bonn to drive action towards meeting SDGs 
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UN chief urges Somalis not to be ‘deterred’ by latest deadly terror attack

The Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday that he “strongly condemns the deadly terrorist attacks” that took place in the Somali capital Mogadishu late on Thursday local time, which reportedly killed more than 20 people, with scores injured.

‘Open, cordial, and frank discussions’ held over future Somalia-UN relationship

Discussions described in a joint statement as “open, cordial and frank”, took place on Wednesday, between Somalia’s top two politicians and the UN political and peacebuilding affairs chief, in the capital Mogadishu.

News in Brief 10 January 2019

  • UN Chief calls for calm following disputed Congo election result
  • Regional Somalia elections praised by UN
  • Conflict in North-East Nigeria ‘has created a humanitarian tragedy’
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Somalia: UN congratulates Puntland region’s newly-elected President

The UN’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, on Wednesday congratulated the newly-elected president of Puntland, Somalia’s semi-autonomous region in the country’s north east.

2019 'a critical year' for Somali politics and development says Security Council

In the wake of the Somali Government's decision last week to expel the head of the UN's assistance mission, UNSOM, the Security Council on Saturday cautioned that 2019 would be "a critical year" for the east African nation that is reconsituting itself after decades of conflict.

UN chief expresses ‘full confidence’ in top Somalia official following Government expulsion

The UN Secretary-General said on Friday he “deeply regrets” the Somali Government’s decision to expel his Special Representative in the country, adding that he had “full confidence” in Nicholas Haysom’s abilities and track record as an international civil servant.