Security Council calls for increase in African peace force in Somalia to 12,000

The Security Council today called on the African Union to urgently increase the strength of its peacekeeping force in Somalia to its mandated level of 12,000 to enable it to better carry out its UN-authorized mandate to stabilize the war-torn country.

Famine warning signs must never again be ignored, as they were in Somalia – UN

Stressing that the warning signs of impending disaster were evident, but ignored, long before drought and famine began killing tens of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa, the United Nations today swung its support behind a ‘Never Again’ campaign to end extreme hunger.

Tragedy of Somalia shames the world, Turkish leader tells UN

The Turkish Prime Minister has called for urgent action to help Somalia alleviate its humanitarian crisis and to build peace and stability, stressing that the world cannot let the cry of the Horn of Africa nation go unheard.

Recent gains provide hope to advance Somali peace process – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Somali leaders and their international partners to take advantage of recent gains and to advance the peace process and stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

Conditions worsen for famine-wracked Somalis in Mogadishu, but improve in Ethiopia

Health and nutrition rates have deteriorated for famine-wracked Somalis displaced within their own country but improved for those who have fled to Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Somali consensus on end of transition paves way for restoring stability – UN

A broad consensus on how to end the transitional period and restore peace and stability in Somalia now exists among the country’s leadership, the United Nations envoy told the Security Council today, urging it to send an unequivocal message to the leaders that a return to political bickering will not be tolerated.

Somalia may have normal rains in coming months, but drought may persist – UN

Normal to above-normal rainfall could return to famine-ravaged southern Somalia over the next three months but there may not yet be much easing of the drought there since the September-to-December rains are a relatively small part of the annual total, the United Nations reported today.

Welcoming new Somali Roadmap to peace, Ban calls on world to provide more aid

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to provide additional resources to Somalia’s transitional leaders following their adoption of a plan to bring unity, peace and stability to a country that has been torn by factional strife for the past 20 years.

Somalia: UN-backed meeting endorses roadmap to end transition, restore stability

Delegates attending a United Nations-backed meeting on ending Somalia’s transitional period today endorsed a roadmap that spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current governing arrangements end in August next year.

At UN-backed consultative meeting, Somali regions commit to better cooperation

The leaders of two of Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions that clashed over a border dispute last week today adopted a three-point plan to ensure better communication and cooperation in addressing common threats, the United Nations political office for the country said.