Mogadishu – A high-level security conference on Somalia has agreed to an “urgent development of realistic, conditions-based transition plan”, to transfer the national security responsibility from the AU Mission in Somalia, to the Somali security forces.
“This plan must be guided by the rule of law, respect for human rights and should include countering violent extremism, stabilization and governance,” the communique issued by the Federal Minister of Information Mr. Abdirahman Omar Osman, reads in part.
UNSOS is providing oversight to a borehole project, which will sink new water wells in 30 locations in South Central Somalia. So far, a total of 6 water strikes have been recorded, with a highly significant quantity of groundwater. The wells will provide relief to thousands affected by drought, and help reduce outbreaks of water-borne diseases, rampant from consumption of contaminated water.
1. What was discussed at the London Conference for Somalia, held on 11 May?
Strengthening of National Security and the International Security Guarantee.
More Inclusive, Stable Politics.
Endorsement of the New Partnership for Somalia.
2. What is the Somalia’s National Security Architecture Agreement?
A historic political agreement between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMSs) reached in April 2017.
ENTEBBE – A specialised course on Information and Communications Technology aimed at equipping women in the military and Police with ICT skills is ongoing at the United Nations Signals Academy (UNSA), located inside the UN Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) in Uganda.
The two-week course, the second in a series of outreach training programmes for women in disciplined forces, will enable them operate effectively in peacekeeping operations. The inaugural course was held in November 2016.
The United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provided critical support to the just concluded presidential election in Somalia, ensuring that the exercise was not only held on schedule but also went on smoothly.
UNSOS had the herculean task of getting the venue of the election ready at short notice, following a last-minute decision to change the site to host the historical event.