Somalia

UN chief welcomes return to electoral agreement in Somalia

The United Nations Secretary-General on Saturday welcomed the decision by the Lower House of Somalia’s Federal Parliament to nullify a special law and to return to the 17 September Electoral Agreement that will allow for indirect presidential and parliamentary elections.

Somalia: UN condemns violence, warns against escalation of fighting

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) issued a statement on Tuesday, alongside international partners, strongly condemning an outbreak of violence in the capital Mogadishu and urging all sides to “exercise maximum restraint, resume dialogue, and avoid unilateral actions that may lead to a further escalation”.  

Somalia: ‘Prioritize the national interest’ international partners urge, as political stalemate continues

The UN and international partners working to support a lasting peace and democratic election process across Somalia, said on Sunday that they were highly concerned by the current situation there, calling on Somali leaders to “prioritize the national interest” and resolve their political impasse.

News in Brief 12 March 2021

  • UN health agency backs AstraZeneca COVID vaccine amid blood clot concerns 
  • Nine in 10 Syrian children need help after a decade of war: UNICEF  
  • Somalia water shortages displace 83,000 people since November – OCHA 
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Poor seasonal rains threatening ‘foundations’ of tens of thousands of Somali livelihoods

Poor rain forecast for the next few months threatens to exacerbate the plight of tens of thousands of Somalis displaced from their homes and villages due to “extreme” water shortages since last November, the UN humanitarian office said on Friday. 

Avoid ‘risky winner-take-all tactics’ in Somalia, UN Security Council hears

Increased “brinkmanship, pressure tactics, and tests of strength” are threatening progress in Somalia, the country’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Monday, warning that they must be resolved “through dialogue and compromise”. 

‘Exercise restraint and calm’, UN chief urges after violent outbreak in Somalia 

The UN chief expressed grave concern on Friday over an outbreak of violence in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. 

‘Triple threat’ adds to long-standing crises menacing food security in Somalia – FAO

Poor rainfall, flooding and desert locusts are contributing to extreme food insecurity in Somalia, threating 2.6 million people, the UN agriculture agency said in a new analysis released on Wednesday.
 

UN, African Union urge Somali leaders to resume talks to overcome political impasse

The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission called on Somali leaders, on Tuesday, to resume dialogue to resolve outstanding differences concerning elections in the country. 

News in Brief 5 February 2021

  • UN agencies in plea for access to help stranded people in Ethiopia’s Tigray
  • COVID-19 ‘to contribute to two million additional cases’ of FGM over 10 years 
  • In Somalia, risks of Desert Locust crop damage remain ‘high and alarming’ 
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