Somalia: UN envoy welcomes progress towards adoption of new constitution

The United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the progress made in the selection of the 825 members of the national body that will convene this week to discuss, vote on and adopt a new provisional constitution for the Horn of Africa nation.

Marking one year since Somalia famine declared, UN flags plight of needy millions

In spite of the progress made one year after the declaration of famine in parts of southern Somalia, some 3.8 million people there are still in need of assistance, the United Nations said today, appealing to countries to provide funding for humanitarian aid.

Tanzanian refugees return home from Somalia

It took more than a decade, but a group of families are finally returning to Tanzania, after living in exile in Somalia.

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With transitional deadline near, UN envoy urges Somalis to focus on country’s future

With slightly more than a month to go before Somalia’s current transitional governing period comes to end, the top United Nations political official for the East African nation today called on all Somalis to help their country on its path to peace and stability.

Somalia: UN and partners note roadmap progress, voice concern over missed deadlines

While noting progress, the international group that brings together the United Nations and its diplomatic partners in support of efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia today expressed concern over the missing of deadlines which form part of the process of ending the country's current transitional governing arrangements on 20 August this year.

At UN-backed meeting, Somalia signs action plan to end use of child soldiers

At a United Nations-backed meeting in Italy, Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government today signed an action plan to end the recruitment and use of children in the East African country’s national military.

UN refugee agency: more displaced Somalis citing difficulty in providing for themselves

The UN refugee agency said today that growing numbers of displaced Somalis have been citing difficulty in providing for themselves as the main reason for fleeing their homes.

UN envoy welcomes agreement on Somalia’s constitution-making process

The top United Nations political official for Somalia today welcomed the signing of a communiqué agreed on by Somali leaders as a key step in preparing the East African country for the upcoming end of its transitional governing arrangement.

Displaced people in Somaliland get permanent homes

Twenty years ago thousands fled Somaliland into neighbouring countries.

Today peace has returned to this corner of war-torn Somalia, bringing many refugees and displaced back home.

Most initially return to makeshift camps and continue to live as displaced people.

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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.