Somalia

Nomination of new Prime Minister hailed by UN as another step forward for Somalia

The United Nations envoy for Somalia on Saturday congratulated the country's Prime Minister-designate, Abdi Farah Shirdon, and encouraged him to set up a transparent and accountable government.

Somalia has made ‘quantum leap’ in its progress but security threats remain, UN envoy warns

With the sound of construction hammers replacing the blast of guns and Al Shabaab militants ousted from their last major stronghold in Somalia, an “unimaginable” change has taken hold although the threats of guerrilla war and terrorism persist, the top United Nations envoy for the Horn of Africa country said today.

Empowerment of young people key to Somalia’s well-being, says UN report

Somalia’s well-being rests significantly on its large youth population, according to a United Nations report released today, which stressed the importance of empowering this segment of the country to spur economic, political and social growth in the country.

UN envoy alarmed by recent wave of killings of journalists in Somali capital

The top United Nations political official for Somalia today said he was shocked and alarmed by the killing of seven journalists in the capital, Mogadishu, over the past month.

‘No time to lose’ to advance peace and democracy in Somalia – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Somalia for the progress in its democratic transition and called on the international community to continue supporting the East African nation, stressing that “there is no time to lose” as the country is still facing serious humanitarian and security challenges.

UNESCO chief alarmed by upsurge in killing of journalists in Somalia

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today expressed her concern and anger over the killing of five journalists in Somalia in the past week.

Somalia: UN official 'outraged' by killing of member of parliament

A United Nations official today strongly condemned the killing of Mustafa Haji Maalim, a member of Somalia's new parliament, and called for an independent investigation on the crime and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Somalia: Security Council strongly condemns bombings in Mogadishu

The Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s bombings in Mogadishu, adding that it is “deplorable” that ordinary Somalis are being targeted after the important gains made in recent weeks in completing the country’s transition.

Kenyan forces in Somalia to try to minimize impact on civilians – UN humanitarian official

Kenyan military troops serving with a UN-backed African Union force in Somalia will endeavour to reduce the potential of civilians being hurt during an ongoing operation, according to the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Horn of Africa country.

Somalia: UN Assembly President condemns attack on president’s hotel

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today condemned in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s attack on the hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia where the country’s new President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, was giving a press conference and which resulted in one death and several injuries.