End of transition period represents ‘historic starting point’ for Somalia – Ban

The end of the transition period in Somalia and the adoption of a new provisional constitution represent an “historic starting point” for the East African country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to provide support to the State in its next political phase.

Long-term investment crucial for Somalia's recovery, development – UN envoy

The top United Nations official for Somalia today called for greater investment in the Horn of Africa nation, as international partners gathered to renew their commitment to the country's recovery and development and to support the ongoing political transition.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Somali journalist, calls for justice

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a Somali journalist and called on local authorities to ensure that those responsible for crimes against media professionals are punished for their deeds.

Somalia’s leaders clear obstacles to ending transitional period – UN official

Leaders in Somalia have agreed to set up a Constituent Assembly that will adopt the East African nation’s new constitution in line with an existing roadmap to end the current transitional governing arrangement by an upcoming deadline, the United Nations envoy for the country said today.

Somalia: UN calls for efforts to minimize civilian casualties in military operation

As military forces make their way into Somalia’s Afgooye corridor, the United Nations top humanitarian official for the east African country today reiterated his call for efforts to be made to minimize the impact of conflict on civilians.

UN envoy in Somalia concerned over violent clashes in Hargeisa

The United Nations envoy in Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, today expressed concern over recent violent clashes in the northern city of Hargeisa, located in Somaliland, between Somaliland security forces and citizens which allegedly resulted in the deaths on both sides.

Somalia entering ‘critical stage’ as end of transition period nears, says UN envoy

Somalia is entering its “most critical stage” as the end of its transitional governing period approaches in August, a United Nations envoy said today, calling for the international community to boost their efforts to help the east African country through its peace and national reconciliation process.

Seven people reportedly perish trying to reach Europe from North Africa – UN

At least seven people are reported to have died recently while sailing from Libya to Malta, bringing the number of reported or confirmed dead among people attempting to reach Europe from the North African nation to 81 this year, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Somalia: UN expert on human rights urges restoration of justice system

An independent United Nations expert today urged Somalia’s authorities to restore a legitimate justice system in the capital, Mogadishu, and in the country’s southern and central regions, with assistance from the international community.

UN envoy outraged over suicide bombing of national theatre in Mogadishu

The United Nations envoy for Somalia has voiced outrage at today’s suicide bomb attack in the newly reopened national theatre in the capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least six people and injured scores of others.