SOMALIA / GBEHO HARGEISA VISIT

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Issues ranging from women’s participation in politics to the relationships between peace and development were among the topics covered by a senior United Nations official during a two-day introductory visit to Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / GBEHO HARGEISA VISIT
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DATELINE: 24-25 OCTOBER 2021, HARGEISA, SOMALILAND

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24-25 OCTOBER 2021, HARGEISA, SOMALILAND

1. Various shots, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Anita Kiki Gbeho, reading through notes on airplane
2. Pan left, Gbeho walking on tarmac upon arrival at Egal International Airport in Hargeisa
3. Med shot, inside car of Gbeho's convoy on way to meetings with Somaliland leaders, political party and civil society representatives
4. Pan left, Gbeho walking to the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development in Hargeisa
5. Various shots, Gbeho meets Somaliland’s Minister of Environment and Rural Development, Shukri Ismail Mohamoud
6. Pan left, Gbeho leaving the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development premises in Hargeisa
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Anita Kiki Gbeho, Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“The reason I came was to learn, to understand what the issues are and to see how we can continue supporting, continue our partnership as the United Nations in Somaliland. I met a cross-section of Somalilanders. I met civil society; I met opposition groups; I met ministers; and I was privileged to meet his Excellency the President, President [Muse] Bihi. Discussions covered a range of issues.”
8. Various shots, Gbeho meeting with members of civil society organisations
9. Various shots, Gbeho and her delegation meeting with the UCID (Justice and Welfare) political party leadership
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Anita Kiki Gbeho, Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“I also discussed with the ministers the importance of development, development to Somaliland. The president himself made sure that he emphasized that development was critical – critical for progress for Somaliland.”
11. Wide shot, signage of the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Family
12. Pan right, Gbeho arrives at the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Family offices
13. Various shots, Somaliland Minister for Employment, Social Affairs and Family, Mustafe Mohamoud Ali, meeting with Gbeho
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Anita Kiki Gbeho, Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“We discussed climate change and the impact climate change has on conflict. We also discussed inclusion, the role of women, the role of youth, the role of the disabled in the political process.”
15. Still shots, President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, meeting with Gbeho at Presidential Palace in Hargeisa
16. Wide shots, Gbeho and delegation leaving after a meeting with President of Somaliland

STORYLINE:

Issues ranging from women’s participation in politics to the relationships between peace and development were among the topics covered by a senior United Nations official during a two-day introductory visit to Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.

“The reason I came was to learn, to understand what the issues are and to see how we can continue supporting, continue our partnership as the United Nations in Somaliland. I met a cross-section of Somalilanders. I met civil society; I met opposition groups; I met ministers; and I was privileged to meet his Excellency the President, President [Muse] Bihi. Discussions covered a range of issues,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Anita Kiki Gbeho, at the end of her visit on Monday (25 Oct).

“I also discussed with the ministers the importance of development, development to Somaliland. The president himself made sure that he emphasized that development was critical – critical for progress for Somaliland,” she added.

The UN official had last visited Hargeisa ten years ago, while serving in another capacity with the world body.

The senior government officials Gbeho met included the Minister of Environment and Rural Development, Shukri Ismail Mohamoud, and the Minister for Employment, Social Affairs and Family, Mustafe Mohamoud Ali.

“We discussed climate change and the impact climate change has on conflict. We also discussed inclusion, the role of women, the role of youth, the role of the disabled in the political process,” Gbeho said.

The discussions with Minister Mohamoud and the political parties included Somaliland’s recent parliamentary elections and the role that women played in them. While no women won a seat, the UN Deputy Special Representative heard how there was progress in giving women candidates more preparation for election campaigns.

Gbeho and Minister Ali covered policies and other measures to ensure that women, children, youth and people with disabilities are better protected in different spheres of life, as well as efforts to reform current labour laws to include capacity-building for women in order to improve their employability.

In her meetings with representatives of women organisations, the UN official was told of the need for the world body’s support for capacity-building, as well as its support for building on the recent progress made in the parliamentary elections.
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