Press statements

  • 20 Jul 2021 - Mogadishu – The United Nations family in Somalia wishes all Somalis “Eid Mubarak.” “Warm Eid al-Adha greetings from the United Nations family in Somalia,” said James Swan, the UN Secretary-General Special Representative for Somalia.
  • 05 Jul 2021 - Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* welcome the successful conclusion of the National Consultative Council (NCC) meeting on 29 June and commend Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the Federal Member State leaders for their constructive discussions.  The positive atmosphere at the meeting, including engagement with ot
  • 01 Jul 2021 - Mogadishu – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, congratulates the people and government of Somalia on the anniversary of their country’s independence.
  • 19 Jun 2021 - Mogadishu – On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan paid tribute to the survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, and recognised with deep appreciation the efforts of those who work tirelessly to prevent such violence and provide critical support for survivors.
  • 27 May 2021 - Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* welcome the successful conclusion of the Federal Government of Somalia – Federal Member States (FGS-FMS) summit in Mogadishu.
  • 27 May 2021 - New York – The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached by the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States leaders on the implementation of the 17 September Electoral Model as an outcome of the summit convened by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble. He urges all stakeholders to swiftly implement the agreement, as a critical step towards the holding of a consensual and transparent electoral process without further delays.
  • 20 May 2021 - Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* consider the upcoming Federal Government of Somalia – Federal Member States (FGS-FMS) summit in Mogadishu as a critical opportunity that must not be missed to advance peace and security in Somalia.
  • 08 May 2021 - New York – The Secretary-General welcomes the appointment of H.E. John Dramani Mahama of Ghana as African Union High Representative for Somalia and expresses the full support of the United Nations for this African Union initiative. ​He calls on all actors to engage with the African Union High Representative and resume talks towards the implementation of the 17 September Electoral Agreement for the holding of timely and inclusive elections.
  • 03 May 2021 - Mogadishu – On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan,  reaffirmed the importance of this annual celebration, as it provides an opportunity to advance the principles of press freedom and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • 27 Apr 2021 - Mogadishu – International partners* strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Mogadishu on 25 April. We have repeatedly warned that the extension of mandates would lead to a political crisis and undermine peace, stability and security in Somalia.  In the wake of the violence on 25 April, we urge all sides to exercise maximum restraint, resume dialogue, and avoid unilateral actions that may lead to a further escalation.  

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