Thank you very much. My name is Peter de Clercq and I am the Humanitarian Coordinator here in Somalia.
Thank you very much to the representatives of Somali and international media for joining us today, for this briefing on this latest assessment, and also for a response on questions around the situation in Somalia more broadly.
Also, thanks of course also to our colleagues in FAO, and to the colleagues in the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for this overview of the new food security findings in Somalia.
(Mogadishu, 21 August 2015): The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has just returned from humanitarian assessment visits in the towns of Baardheere and Diinsoor, in the Gedo and Bay regions respectively.
(Mogadishu, 12 August 2015): The newly appointed Deputy Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has just completed his first official visit to Puntland and Somaliland. This was his first field visit since arriving in Mogadishu last month.
Mogadishu, 11 August 2015 — Today marks the one-year anniversary of the last reported case of polio in Somalia. To mark the occasion, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter de Clercq, participated in a vaccination campaign for children at the Medina IDP Camp in Mogadishu.
Joined by representatives of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Mr de Clercq praised the work of national health authorities, Somali volunteers and the international community to stop the outbreak of Polio in Somalia that began in 2013.
After more than two decades of violence and political instability, Somalia is beginning to show positive trajectory with increasing political stability, improvements in socio-economic indicators and a positive shift in engagements with international partners. This encouraging trend is however taking place against a backdrop of precarious humanitarian and security situation and amid chronic vulnerabilities that arise from the continued insecurity and extremely low level of social and economic development.