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Bashir Abdulkadir Mohamed ‘Suuleey’: Youth as a Cornerstone of Peacebuilding in Galkayo

In 2015, along with ten friends, Mr. Mohamed began setting up a civil society organization with a focus on bringing local youth into local peace efforts

Until recently, Galkayo had been known for its history of conflict and displacement. For decades, the city was divided in half due to long-running hostilities between clan militias from the neighbouring Federal Member States (FMSs) of Puntland and Galmudug. Some five years ago, that began to change. Traditional elders, local…

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Somalia’s International Partners Urge Rapid Completion of Credible Electoral Process

All leaders must ensure that security forces are not used as political instruments.

Somalia’s international partners* note that the National Consultative Council meeting held on 3-9 January reached consensus on procedural updates and an expedited timeline for the House of the People elections. We are pleased that the Prime Minister and the Federal Member State leaders made decisions on the basis of consultations…

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Youth Activist Jamila Haji Mohamed: “There is no doubt that Somali Youth are More Committed to Obtaining Peace than to Carrying Guns and Planting Bombs”

The young activist is determined to enhance the political participation of youth, women and other vulnerable groups’ in South West State

The path to becoming a youth activist in Somalia can vary. For Jamila Haji Mohamed, it began while studying economics at Mogadishu University in the mid-2010s. “I saw many young people meeting to discuss and solve some of the challenges they faced in their local areas. For instance, some organized…

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International partners urge restraint and dialogue and renewed focus on elections

International partners have repeatedly expressed growing concern over procedural irregularities and delays in the Somali electoral process

International partners* are following with deep concern the current situation and political developments. We call on Somalia’s leaders to put the country’s interests first, to de-escalate rising political tensions, and to refrain from provocation or use of force that could undermine peace and stability. International partners have repeatedly expressed growing…

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International Partners Welcome Planned National Consultative Council Meeting

We remain fully supportive of any process that is based on and respects the 17 September 2020 and 27 May 2021 agreements

Somalia’s international partners* welcome plans to hold an in-person National Consultative Council meeting focused on improving and expediting the electoral process. We reiterate our call for full transparency in all related processes. We remain fully supportive of any process that is based on and respects the 17 September 2020 and 27…

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On International Anti-Corruption Day, UN Representative highlights importance of robust and accountable institutions

The United Nations in Somalia welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to implement reforms to strengthen governance and reduce vulnerabilities to corruption

On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, underlined the importance of building accountable and transparent institutions and welcomed the country’s progress in this area. “Corruption is a major obstacle to development. It undermines efforts toward state-building, peace and reconciliation. It…

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On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the UN calls for increased recognition of persons with disabilities

Persons with disabilities of all age groups have been identified as a particularly marginalized and at-risk group within the Somali society

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, calls for increased recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “Persons with disabilities of all age groups have been…

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International partners call for credible House of the People elections

We call for respect for the right of candidates to stand for election under conditions of genuine and fair competition

International partners* urge the completion of inclusive and credible House of the People elections acceptable by all electoral stakeholders and the Somali people according to a published timetable, by 24 December 2021 and for presidential elections to be completed imminently thereafter. We call for full transparency in all related processes,…

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International Partners Welcome Conclusion of Somalia’s Upper House Elections

International partners reiterate their deep concern that, the longer the elections are delayed, the more attention and resources will be diverted from important national priorities

Somalia’s international partners* welcome the conclusion of the Upper House elections following the 11 November National Consultative Council meeting and leaders’ commitment to conclude the House of the People elections by the end of December 2021. International partners, however, remain deeply concerned about the extremely delayed election timeline and strongly…

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UN in Somalia welcomes holding of direct elections in three districts in Puntland

The United Nations in Somalia believes that the successful completion of ‘one person, one vote’ elections in Qardho, Eyl and Ufeyn would be an important step in showing the feasibility of universal suffrage elections

Representatives from the United Nations today visited Qardho in a show of solidarity with the people of Puntland as citizens participated in a ‘one person, one vote’ electoral process in three districts of the Federal Member State. The United Nations in Somalia believes that the successful completion of ‘one person,…