More than 20 million people in North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are facing famine or a credible risk of famine over the coming six months. With access to people in need and sufficient funding, the United Nations and its partners can avert famine and provide the necessary relief and support where famine already exists.
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, to the inaugural ceremony for Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo”, in Mogadishu today:
I am pleased to extend my congratulations to President Mohammed Abduallhi Mohammed “Farmajo” on his inauguration — and to the people of Somalia on the federal electoral process.
I commend outgoing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his gracious welcome and offer of support to the new Administration.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is indeed a great pleasure for me to be back in Munich now in this new capacity.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
We condemn the terrorist attack in the south of Baghdad on 16 February for which Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, has claimed responsibility. This week has seen a series of such atrocious crimes in the Iraqi capital. We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and people of Iraq.
We condemn the terrorist attack on worshippers at a Sufi shrine in Sehwan, in Sindh, Pakistan, today. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
This attack, claimed by ISIL/Da’esh, follows a suicide bombing at a rally in Lahore on Monday, and a suicide bombing on a Government compound in the Mohmand tribal area and an attack on a Government van carrying judges in Peshawar on Wednesday.