Somalia: UN envoy hails nomination of new Prime Minister

Welcoming the nomination of Nur Hassan Hussein as the new Prime Minister of Somalia, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today voiced hope that this move would pave the way for unity.

UN refugee agency starts final phase of repatriation from Djibouti to Somaliland

The United Nations refugee agency today began the final phase of its voluntary repatriation programme to help some 1,800 Somali refugees return from Djibouti to Somaliland by the end of this year.

Number of displaced in Somalia hits 1 million mark – UN agency

The number of people displaced within Somalia by recent violence has hit the 1 million mark, a spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency said today, warning that conditions are worsening as numbers swell.

Somalia: UN official mourns passing of prominent relief worker

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia today paid tribute to the memory of Madina Mohamud Elmi, a prominent relief worker who was killed in crossfire on Friday.

Concerned at conditions in Somalia, Security Council urges end to violence

Security Council members today voiced concern about worsening conditions in Somalia, urging all concerned to work for peace while stressing the need to lay contingency plans for a possible United Nations peacekeeping presence in the country, which has lacked a functioning government since 1991.

UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia not realistic or viable, says Ban Ki-moon

Deploying a United Nations peacekeeping operation to Somalia is not realistic or viable given the war-wracked African country’s security situation, the intensifying insurgency and the lack of progress towards any political reconciliation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.

Somali President arrives in Kenya for talks with UN envoy

The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia is holding talks in Nairobi with the country’s President and other political leaders as UN staff report that worsening humanitarian conditions inside the capital, Mogadishu.

Displaced Somalis suffering under 'extremely harsh conditions' – UN

Displaced Somalis who have fled fighting in Mogadishu are living in “extremely harsh conditions” with reports of malnutrition and rape, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which recently joined other agencies in assessing their plight.

Number of Somalis fleeing dips as situation calms but fear persists – UN

After 90,000 people fled recent fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, a lull has caused the outflow to slow, the United Nations refugee agency said today, while warning that conditions remain volatile and fear persists.

As tens of thousands flee fighting in Somalia, UN official urges access for relief aid

As crisis worsens in Somalia, where 88,000 people fled their homes in recent days adding to a total displaced population nearly ten times that amount, the top United Nations humanitarian official there today called on all parties to facilitate access by aid workers to civilians in need of assistance.