Somalia: welcoming recent gains, UN envoy says consolidating peace still ‘not easy’

The top United Nations official for Somalia today signalled the need for uninterrupted international support for the Horn-of-Africa country if gains over the past year are to be consolidated and advanced.

UNHCR urges Kenya to continue upholding refugee rights

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has condemned recent security incidents in Kenya which have killed scores of citizens and refugees.

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Expert Group says private military and security firms in Somalia need regulation

As Somalis continue to rebuild their country, a group of human rights experts is hoping that all citizens receive the right to protection, not just those who can afford it.

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Somali Army extends control over Somalia

People in the Somali town of Jawhar, 90 kilometres north of the capital, Mogadishu, now live without the stringent rules of the al –Shabaab Islamic extremists.

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Somalia: UN experts on use of mercenaries urge greater oversight for private security contractors

The Government of Somalia must do more to ensure the security of its citizens while increasing regulations on private military and security companies, a United Nations expert panel urged today at the conclusion of its seven-day visit to the Horn of Africa country.

UN launches $1.3 billion appeal for humanitarian needs in Somalia

The United Nations today launched a $1.3 billion humanitarian appeal to address the immediate needs of the Somali people over the next year and enhance resilience in the country, which has for decades been mired by conflict, drought, floods and food insecurity.

UN Deputy Secretary-General flags need for ‘multi-dimensional’ approach to combating piracy

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, today stressed the need to address the causes of piracy with a “multi-dimensional approach” to ensure the safety of seafarers, fishermen and passengers and avoid damage to the fishing and tourism industries.

Bustling seaport a sign of hope in a transitioning Somalia

The United Nations Security Council this month authorized  the extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to early March 2013.

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UN chief welcomes swearing-in of new Somali cabinet ministers

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the swearing-in today of the cabinet of ministers put forward by Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and endorsed by the country’s parliament.

UN envoy welcomes Somali parliament’s endorsement of new cabinet as an ‘important milestone’

The United Nations top political official for Somalia today welcomed the recent endorsement by the East African country’s parliament of a new cabinet, the so-called Council of Ministers.