SOMALIA / PUNTLAND SWAN VISIT

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A delegation of senior United Nations officials on Monday visited the Federal Member State (FMS) of Puntland, in Somalia’s north-east, to meet with its leadership on the provision of support. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / PUNTLAND SWAN VISIT
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DATELINE: 25 JANUARY 2020, GAROWE, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1.Aerial shot - a view of the outskirts of Garowe
2.Med shot - UN envoy James Swan in the plane
3.Close up shot - UN envoy James Swan reading the schedule of the visit
4.Med shot – passengers aboard the flight
5.Med shot – the Country Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Somalia, Cesar Arroyo, reading documents during the flight
6.Med shot – the UN Women Representative in Somalia, Sadiq Syed, reading documents during the flight
7.Med shot - the Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Somalia, Johann Siffointe, onboard the flight
8.Med shot - UN aircraft’s landing gear down in preparation for landing at Garowe
9.Wide shot - UN envoy James Swan alighting from the plane in Garowe
10.Med shot - UN envoy James Swan is received by UN officials upon arrival in Garowe
11.Wide shot - UN envoy James Swan, accompanied by UN officials, walks from the plane at the airport in Garowe
12.Wide shot - Convoy of the UN delegation to Puntland drives along the main road from the airport to the centre of Garowe
13.Med shot - Convoy of the UN delegation drives through a security checkpoint along the main road from the airport to Garowe town
14.Wide shot - hoisted flags of Somalia and the Federal Member State of Puntland
15.Pan shot – Puntland’s President Said Abdullahi Deni receives UN envoy James Swan and ushers him inside Puntland’s State House in Garowe
16.Med shot - Members of the UN delegation attend a meeting with Puntland’s President Said Abdulalhi Deni and member of his cabinet at the Puntland State House in Garowe
17.Med shot - Members of the UN delegation attend a meeting with Puntland’s President Said Abdulalhi Deni and member of his cabinet at the Puntland State House in Garowe
18.Med shot - UN envoy James Swan with the President of Puntland, Said Abdullahi Deni, at the Puntland State House in Garowe
19.Med shot - Cabinet ministers of Puntland attend a meeting with Puntland’s President Said Abdullahi Deni and the UN delegation led by the UN envoy, James Swan, at the Puntland State House in Garowe
20.Med shot - UN envoy James Swan and Puntland’s President Said Abdullahi Deni prepare to address the media
21.Med shot - Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni making introductory remarks during the media encounter
22.SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“We’ve come to discuss with the President and his ministers the work the United Nations is currently doing in Puntland, and how the United Nations could better support Puntlanders in 2021. Over the past two years, Puntland has continued to make notable advances in the democratization process, the strengthening of governance and public finance management, security sector reform and infrastructure development.”
23.Med shot - a health worker in protective gear attending to a patient
24.Med shot - a health worker preparing to test soldiers for COVID-19
25.Med shot - a health worker conducts a COVID-19 test
26. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“UNHCR also provided support to Puntland’s COVID-19 response with the distribution of sanitary materials and personal protective equipment to some 19,000 people, as well as livelihood interventions – such as cash grants, entrepreneurial and vocational training, and educational assistance – to more than 5,000 people. We’re also pleased that UNHCR was able to work closely with the Puntland administration in helping with the response to last year’s devastating floods and Cyclone Gati.”
27.Wide shot - houses submerged in water
28.Med shot - Motorists and pedestrians move through a flooded road
29.Med shot - houses submerged in flood
30. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“The World Food Programme is also helping internally displaced people from 3,500 households who have self-organized into 20 farmers’ cooperative groups. They’re being supported with climate-change irrigation infrastructure – such as solar pumps – and training on agricultural livelihoods, organizational development and conflict resolution. UN Women, is working closely with Puntland’s authorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. This includes work with the Attorney-General’s office and with the Ministry of Justice to improve access to judicial services for women.”
31.Wide shot - Members of the UN delegation attend a meeting with cabinet ministers from Puntland
32.Med shot – A Puntland cabinet minister addresses members of the visiting UN delegation during a meeting at the Puntland State House in Garowe
33.Med shot - Members of the UN delegation attend a meeting with Puntland cabinet members
34. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“In this regard, I highlighted the need for constructive compromise between the Federal Government and Federal Member States to reach agreement over implementation of the electoral process. This is in the national interest. We again urge all of Somalia’s leaders to work together and to find ways to resolve outstanding issues, so that a credible electoral process can take place across Somalia. This is a matter of urgency. It is time for leadership by Somalia’s main political actors. It is time for solutions, not more excuses why agreement can’t be reached.”
35.Wide shot - UN envoy James Swan and Puntland’s President Said Abdullahi Deni leave the venue after the media encounter
36.Med shot - UN envoy James Swan and members of the UN delegation bid farewell to Puntland’s President Said Abdullahi Deni
37.Wide shot - Convoy of the UN delegation drives along the road to the airport
38.Med shot - The convoy seen through a side mirror
39.Wide shot - UN envoy James Swan and members of the UN delegation walk to the waiting aircraft at the airport
40.Wide shot - UN envoy James Swan and members of the UN delegation board the aircraft

STORYLINE:

A delegation of senior United Nations officials on Monday (25 Jan) visited the Federal Member State (FMS) of Puntland, in Somalia’s north-east, to meet with its leadership on the provision of support.

“We’ve come to discuss with the President and his ministers the work the United Nations is currently doing in Puntland, and how the United Nations could better support Puntlanders in 2021,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said at a joint media encounter in the FMS’ capital, Garowe, with Puntland’s President Said Abdullahi Deni.

The UN envoy also congratulated President Deni and his administration on their second anniversary in office, which was marked on 8 January, and commended progress made on various fronts there.

“Over the past two years,” Mr. Swan added, “Puntland has continued to make notable advances in the democratization process, the strengthening of governance and public finance management, security sector reform and infrastructure development.”

Earlier, the UN Special Representative and representatives of some of the UN family working in Puntland – the Somalia Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Cesar Arroyo, the

Representative to Somalia of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Johann Siffointe; and the UN Women Country Programme Manager for Somalia, Sadiq Syed – had met with President Deni and members of his cabinet. They followed that meeting with smaller, separate meetings.

In his remarks at the media encounter, the UN envoy highlighted how the world body’s current activities in Puntland ranged from support for ongoing reconciliation, security and stabilization efforts to providing humanitarian and development assistance.
He zeroed in on some of the work carried out by WFP, UNHCR and UN Women as concrete example of that support.

In the case of UNHCR, the UN official said the refugee agency is supporting refugees, returnees and internally displaced people, as well as host communities, with the aim of ensuring that individuals can meet their basic needs and are given the tools to foster resilience.

“UNHCR also provided support to Puntland’s COVID-19 response with the distribution of sanitary materials and personal protective equipment to some 19,000 people, as well as livelihood interventions – such as cash grants, entrepreneurial and vocational training, and educational assistance – to more than 5,000 people,” Mr. Swan said.

“We’re also pleased,” he continued, “that UNHCR was able to work closely with the Puntland administration in helping with the response to last year’s devastating floods and Cyclone Gati.”

The UN Special Representative highlighted how WFP is working with Puntland’s Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change to set up a skills development centre that will promote innovative techniques to grow food in harsh conditions, in which “participants will be trained in agriculture and fodder production using 80 percent less water than traditional methods.”

“The World Food Programme is also helping internally displaced people from 3,500 households who have self-organized into 20 farmers’ cooperative groups. They’re being supported with climate-change irrigation infrastructure – such as solar pumps – and training on agricultural livelihoods, organizational development and conflict resolution,” he said.

He further noted that these programmes are in addition to WFP’s core humanitarian support through food distribution and cash and voucher assistance to nearly 500,000 people in the north-eastern Federal Member State.

In the case of UN Women, Mr. Swan noted how the agency is working closely with Puntland’s authorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
“This includes work with the Attorney-General’s office and with the Min
istry of Justice to improve access to judicial services for women,” he said.

The UN Special Representative and President Deni also addressed Somalia’s political situation in their meeting, particularly preparations for the country’s elections and the importance of strengthening good relations between federal and federal member state authorities.

“In this regard, I highlighted the need for constructive compromise between the Federal Government and Federal Member States to reach agreement over implementation of the electoral process. This is in the national interest,” Mr. Swan said.

“We again urge all of Somalia’s leaders to work together and to find ways to resolve outstanding issues, so that a credible electoral process can take place across Somalia,” he added. “This is a matter of urgency. It is time for leadership by Somalia’s main political actors. It is time for solutions, not more excuses why agreement can’t be reached.”

The UN delegation’s visit to Puntland was the third one to a Federal Member State this month, with the aim being to consult FMS leaders on the world body’s support. Previous delegations, led by the UN Special Representative, have visited South West State and Galmudug.
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