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.

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.

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.

Somalia: Security Council agrees on short extension for mandate of African Union peacekeepers

The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the international peacekeeping force providing support to the Government of Somalia in its efforts to bring peace and stability to the Horn of African country.

Top UN envoy calls for investigation into attacks against two Somali journalists

The United Nations top political official in Somalia today called for an investigation into the attacks that targeted two journalists in the Horn of Africa country over the past week, stressing that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Somalia: UN envoy welcomes Parliament’s endorsement of new Prime Minister

The United Nations top political official for Somalia today welcomed the endorsement by the East African country’s Parliament of the new Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, stressing that it signals an encouraging start of cooperation between two important arms of the Government.

Somalia needs urgent assistance to tackle post-transition challenges, UN envoy tells Security Council

With the nine-year-old transitional period in Somalia having ended peacefully, the authorities need urgent assistance to meet the challenges associated with peacebuilding as well as stabilizing areas liberated from insurgents, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today.