Press statements

  • 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.  
  • 26 Apr 2021 - New York –The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the recent armed clashes in Mogadishu. He reiterates his call for all Somali stakeholders to refrain from further violence and resolve their differences through dialogue and compromise.
  • 23 Apr 2021 - New York –The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the continued political impasse and disagreement among Somalia’s political leaders on the model for elections.
  • 21 Apr 2021 - New York – By António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action.
  • 14 Apr 2021 - Mogadishu – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Canada, Denmark, European Union (EU), Finland, France, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and the United Nations are deeply concerned by passage on 12 April in the House of the People of a resolution to replace the 17 September agreement with an electoral process that will result in a lengthy extension to the
  • 13 Apr 2021 - Mogadishu – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, extends his warm wishes to all Somalis as the Holy Month of Ramadan begins. “On behalf of the entire United Nations family in Somalia, please accept my warm wishes for a peaceful month of worship, compassion and caring for others,” said Mr. Swan.
  • 08 Apr 2021 - Mogadishu – International partners* are alarmed by public statements made by some officials yesterday suggesting that the closed-door, consultative, ice-breaking meeting of Federal Government and Federal Member State leaders is not making progress. We stress that these talks are central to ensuring implementation of the 17 September electoral model for credible elections, without which the progress of recent years in Somalia’s stability, economic development and institutional reforms w
  • 06 Apr 2021 - Mogadishu – As Somalis prepare to welcome the Holy Month of Ramadan, international partners* express hope that the basic tenets of reflection, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation will usher in a successful summit of the Federal Government and Federal Member State leaders.