08 Jun 2023 - As delivered
Thank you so much, Mr. President, for the very warm welcome you have extended to myself and my team today, and many thanks also to your cabinet.
I am accompanied today by George Conway, who is the UN’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, and Humanitarian and [UN] Resident Coordinator for Somalia. We’re very lucky to have George on the team – he served in Somalia for many years including time here as UNDP director.
29 May 2023 - New York – The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent attack against the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) base, staffed by Ugandan peacekeepers, in Buulo Mareer, Lower Shabelle, Somalia.
The Secretary-General conveys his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed as well as to the Government and people of Uganda. He wishes a speedy and full recovery to the injured.
22 May 2023 - Mogadishu – Ahead of district council elections in Puntland on 25 May, Somalia’s international partners* commend the people of the Federal Member State of Puntland for their determination to deliver on their democratic aspirations and commitments.
The partners acknowledge the efforts, notably by the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission (TPEC), to overcome significant challenges in preparing for this historic event of direct elections.
03 May 2023 - Mogadishu – Marking World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations in Somalia today acknowledged the vital work carried out by the country’s media and reaffirmed its commitment to support efforts to promote and protect its civic space.
20 Apr 2023 - Mogadishu – The United Nations family in Somalia extends warm greetings and congratulations to all Somalis on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr.
“As we come to the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the United Nations wishes a peaceful and safe Eid-al-Fitr to the people of Somalia as they celebrate this special period of togetherness,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Anita Kiki Gbeho.
12 Apr 2023 - Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
I wish to thank President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the people of Somalia for their warm welcome.
I am happy to be back here during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
This continues my annual tradition of Ramadan solidarity visits, which dates back to my time as High Commissioner for Refugees.
11 Apr 2023 -
Your Excellency Mr. President,
Dear members of the press,
I am happy to be back in Somalia, six years after my first visit as Secretary-General, not to mention the many visits as High Commissioner for Refugees during more than 10 years.
And I want to thank President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the Government for the warm welcome I enjoyed.
This is - above all - a visit of solidarity.
04 Apr 2023 - Mogadishu – Marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the United Nations today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting efforts to rid Somalia of the threat from explosive ordnance.