Somalia’s Pursuit of National Priorities Highlighted at UN Security Council

New York: In a briefing to the UN Security Council, Acting UN Special Representative James Swan emphasized that Somalia is actively pursuing key national priorities, including the constitutional review process and the fight against Al-Shabaab. The next phase of the constitutional review will tackle complex issues such as power and resource-sharing under Somalia’s federal model. Swan urged Somali stakeholders to work collaboratively to resolve their differences and seek consensus on these critical state-building questions.

UN Calls for Peaceful Resolution of Ethiopia-‘Somaliland’ MoU Dispute

Addressing the Ethiopia-‘Somaliland’ Memorandum of Understanding, Swan reiterated the UN Security Council‘s stance on respecting Somalia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and unity. He encouraged both Somalia and Ethiopia to resolve the matter peacefully, in line with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter and international law.

“I encourage Somalia and Ethiopia to resolve this matter peacefully in accordance with these principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity as enshrined in the #UN Charter and international law.”

Security and Funding for Somalia’s Future Highlighted by UN Representative

Security remains a top priority for the Somali government, as noted by Acting UN Special Representative James Swan in his briefing to the UN Security Council. As discussions between the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union continue regarding post-2024 security planning, Swan called for predictable and sustainable financing for follow-on arrangements and resources for the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), which is currently facing critical funding shortages.

UN Emphasizes Women’s Representation in Somali Legislation

James Swan highlighted the importance of including quotas in Somali legislation to guarantee meaningful representation of women in decision-making processes. He assured the UN Security Council that the UN will continue to engage with federal and member state governments to enhance and codify women’s political participation.

Dire Humanitarian Situation in Somalia Requires Urgent Funding

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains dire, exacerbated by climatic events, insecurity, and disease outbreaks, according to Acting UN Special Representative James Swan. The 2024 Somalia Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan requires $1.6 billion, but as of June 11, it is only 22% funded. Swan urged international partners to provide the necessary funding to address these urgent humanitarian needs.

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