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09 Dec 2011 description


Mogadishu, 9 December 2011

We are honoured to visit Somalia at this time. We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. We are here to convey our strong solidarity to the people of Somalia.

This morning, upon arrival, we had a series of very constructive discussions with the President and other leadership on the future and on how the international community could help the Somali Government and people.

28 Jun 2011 description

Table of Contents

From the Desk of the SRSG 2

In the News 4

The Somali Peace Process 6
The High Level Consultative Meeting
The Kampala Accord
The International Contact Group

Delivering Aid in a Conflict Zone 8

The Somali Constitution 10

The Universal Periodic Review 11

Radio for Peace 12

Determined Against the Odds 13

Vox Pops 14

15 Mar 2011 description
  • Somali Security Sector given a major boost

    - Reporting from the front line

    - The Constitution Building Process

    - Drought in Somalia

27 Sep 2010 description

Madrid, 27 September 2010

Mr. President,
Secretary of State de La-ig-lesia
Your Excellencies,

22 May 2010 description


The Istanbul Conference on Somalia took place in Istanbul from 21-23 May, 2010 reflecting the strong determination of the United Nations, the Government of Turkey and the International Community to work with the Transitional Federal Institutions and the people of Somalia to defeat the cycle of lawlessness, violence and despair in the country and to build in its place a peaceful and prosperous future for the Somali people.

22 Apr 2010 description

21-22 April 2010, Cairo

The 17th meeting of the International Contact Group on Somalia (ICG) was held under the chairmanship of the UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, from 21 - 22 April 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. The meeting was addressed by the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Amr Moussa and the Somali Foreign Minister, Ali Ahmed Jama.

The ICG welcomes the progress made by the Transitional Federal Government in reaching out to groups willing to join the peace process.

17 Sep 2009 description

Nairobi 17 September 2009: The European Union, the InterGovernmental Authority on Development, the League of Arab States, the United Nations, Norway and the United States all condemn in the strongest terms today's cowardly suicide car bombings on the AMISOM Force Headquarters in Mogadishu.

This horrific attack is a further demonstration of the extremists' complete disregard for human lives.

12 Aug 2009 description


Nairobi, 12 August 2009 - The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has welcomed the convening of the Joint Security Committee held in Mogadishu as continuing efforts towards reforming and improving security in Somalia.

This is the second meeting to be held by the Joint Security Committee (JSC) in Mogadishu.

12 Aug 2009 description


Nairobi, 12 August 2009 - The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, today welcomed the release of the four Aid workers and their two pilots from captivity in Somalia.

"It is with great satisfaction that I received the news concerning the release of the six hostages who had been held for so long, and taken into captivity while working in Somalia for Action Contre La Faim [Action Against Hunger]," Mr Ould-Abdallah said.

10 Jun 2009 description
International Contact Group on Somalia
9 - 10 June 2009
17 Apr 2009 description
  1. The International Conference is being convened by the United Nations Secretary-General following the request of the UN Security Council in its resolution 1863 of 16 January 2009 under the joint auspices of the African Union and United Nations and hosted by the European Union/Commission. Its purpose is to solicit funds from the international donor community to support the Somali security institutions and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).


14 Apr 2009 description


Nairobi, 14 April 2009: The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has called piracy an "international scourge" which is damaging to ordinary Somalis, the region and the world.

"I strongly believe that concrete efforts, such as the international maritime presence off the Somali coast, should be increased to help marginalize and suppress piracy," said Mr Ould-Abdallah.

"Without the maritime presence, the pandemic would have been far worse.

09 Apr 2009 description


Nairobi, 09 April 2009: United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has condemned the recent rash of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

"Once again, daring acts of piracy are drawing attention to the situation in Somalia," Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. "This week alone, the hijacking of six ships-one a day-is a new record established by the pirates of Somalia. These activities, carried out sometimes nine hundred kilometers from the coast are renewed provocations to the international community.

23 Feb 2009 description


Nairobi, 23 February 2009: The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has condemned yesterday's attack on AMISOM troops in Mogadishu which killed 11 Burundian peacekeepers.

"I was shocked to hear about the murder of the Burundian troops who came to Somalia to help and I condemn this unpatriotic, violent act in the strongest possible terms.

11 Dec 2008 description

The International Conference on Piracy around Somalia was convened at the ministerial level on 11 December, 2008 with an opening speech by H.E. Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka of Kenya. The conference was co-chaired by H.E.

11 Dec 2008 description

(Final communiqué)

Proposals from the Enforcement Action workshop

- Support Somalia to establish an effective police and coastguard to provide adequate law enforcement capacity to deal with piracy, human trafficking, illegal fishing and dumping of toxic waste.

- Support UN efforts to facilitate drafting of appropriate ship riders' agreements between naval forces currently patrolling the high seas in support of Security Council resolutions and cooperating countries in the region; to include the …

11 Nov 2008 description

Nairobi, 11 November 2008 - The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has warmly welcomed the agreement by European Union member states to send ships to combat piracy off Somalia, now regarded as the world's most dangerous seas.

"I am extremely pleased by the EU's decision," said Mr Ould-Abdallah. "Piracy off the Somali coast is posing a serious threat to the freedom of international navigation and regional security. It has led to increased prices of food and fuel which have had a direct impact on the lives of the poor in the region.

29 Sep 2008 description


Nairobi, 29 September 2008 - The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has once again warned that Somali pirates continue to pose a serious threat to free maritime trade, free navigation and international security.

16 Sep 2008 description

The International Contact Group (ICG) on Somalia met for the first time under the chairmanship of the UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, on 16 September in Djibouti to discuss the situation in Somalia. It focused on ways to help implement the Djibouti Agreement signed between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) on 19 August 2008.

23 Jul 2008 description

Mr President

1. This is my third presentation to the Security Council since taking office more than nine months ago.

2. During my first presentation on 17 December, I proposed three options to the Council to address the Somali crisis. The first option was to continue 'business as usual' with massive assistance including humanitarian aid as we have done for the past 18 years. During the last ten years, the official amount of assistance given to Somalia is in the vicinity of 6 - 8 billion dollars.