Press statements

  • 10 May 2022 - Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* welcome the announcement by the parliamentary organizing committee that the election of the President will take place on Sunday, 15 May 2022.  We are encouraged by the positive progress in registering presidential candidates and other preparations for this electoral deadline to be met.
  • 06 May 2022 - New York – The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab against the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Forward Operating Base in Elbaraf, Middle Shabelle region, on 3 May 2022.
  • 03 May 2022 - Mogadishu – On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations in Somalia emphasizes the vital role that the country’s media play in Somali society and the need to ensure their ability to carry out their work safely and freely.
  • 01 May 2022 - Mogadishu – The United Nations family in Somalia extends warm greetings to all Somalis on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. “The United Nations wishes a peaceful and safe Eid-al-Fitr to the people of Somalia as we come to the end of the holy month of Ramadan,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.
  • 28 Apr 2022 - Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* welcome the successful elections for leadership positions in the Upper House on 26 April 2022 and the House of the People on 27-28 April 2022.  We congratulate the newly elected Speakers and Deputy Speakers as they assume their important responsibilities at this critical moment for Somalia. 
  • 27 Apr 2022 - Mogadishu – As elections for the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliament take place this week, Somalia’s international partners* urge that these processes conclude peacefully. We welcome the election of the Speaker and Deputies of the Upper House on 26 April 2022.
  • 14 Apr 2022 - Mogadishu – International partners* welcome today’s swearing-in of newly-elected members of Somalia’s House of the People and Upper House.  After a period of more than one year in which all Somali elected institutions exceeded their constitutional timelines, we are pleased that the new parliament is now in place. We strongly condemn the mortar attack, claimed by al-Shabaab, that occurred earlier in the day near the location of the swearing-in ceremony.
  • 12 Apr 2022 - Mogadishu – Somalia is facing famine conditions as a perfect storm of poor rain, skyrocketing food prices and huge funding shortfalls leaves almost 40% of Somalis on the brink. Millions of Somalis are at risk of sliding into famine as the impact of a prolonged drought continues to destroy lives and livelihoods, and growing needs outpace available resources for humanitarian assistance, United Nations agencies warned today.
  • 06 Apr 2022 - Mogadishu – The Secretary-General welcomes the recent establishment of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). He reiterates the unwavering commitment of the United Nations to Somalia and expresses his full support to ATMIS and the Somali security forces in their ongoing fight against Al-Shabaab.
  • 05 Apr 2022 - Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* are encouraged that more than 91 per cent of the House of the People seats have now been chosen.  We trust that this represents unstoppable momentum to complete the remaining seats very soon.