Somalia: marking one year in Puntland, UN pledges state-building support

At a ceremony marking its first year in Puntland, the United Nations mission in Somalia today pledged its continued support as the country looks ahead to beginning the process of federalism aimed at building a stronger, more united Somalia.

Fresh start for Somali families displaced by decades of conflict

Over 800 families in Somaliland in the Horn of Africa who were displaced by decades of insecurity are making a fresh start in a newly established community.

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Europe urged to do more to curb refugee, migrant deaths at sea

Europe has been called to action to stop the rise of people dying at sea seeking refuge from countries torn by conflict like Syria, Mali, Libya or insecurity like Somalia.

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Food security in Somalia expected to deteriorate over next 6 months

The food security situation in Somalia is expected to deteriorate over next 6 months, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

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Urging Somali unity, UN envoy deplores 'murderous campaign' being waged by Al-Shabaab

Condemning this morning's attempted attack on Somalia's Parliament, the United Nations envoy to the country has called on all Somalis to unite with the authorities to thwart future attacks and “bring to justice those behind this murderous campaign” of terror that has intensified since the start of Ramadan.

Urgent efforts needed to avert further crises in Somalia, Yemen – UN relief officials

Urgent action is needed to prevent a worsening of the humanitarian crises in both Somalia and Yemen, senior United Nations relief officials warned today, as they urged donors to help them step up their response as well as to consolidate the recent gains made in both countries.

Somalia: UN envoy welcomes release of ship crew held by pirates since 2010

The United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the release earlier today of sailors on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years, and has called for the release of all remaining captives still being held by Somali pirates.

Another poor harvest in Somalia could lead to repeat of 2011 famine

Somalia could face another famine if September’s harvest is as poor as the previous one, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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UN and international partners call for resolution of Somali political crisis

The United Nations, the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today issued a joint appeal for a resolution of the political crisis in Somalia, adding that they stand ready to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to progress in the Horn of Africa nation.

Somalia: UN deploys new special force to protect staff in Mogadishu

A special United Nations defensive military force recommended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to protect UN staff and facilities in Mogadishu, was deployed today to shore up the world body's operations in long-troubled Somalia.