SOMALIA / NEW SRSG JAMES SWAN

25-Jun-2019 00:03:15
The recently appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia and Head of Mission for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), James Swan, arrived Tuesday in Mogadishu to take up his duties. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / NEW SRSG JAMES SWAN
TRT: 3:16
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: CREDIT REQUIRED UNSOM PUBLIC INFORMATION
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 25 JUNE 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Various shos, UN plane arriving
2. Wide shot, senior officials from the Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations
3. Med shot, SRSG, James Swan, disembarking from the plane
4. Med shot, SRSG James Swan, greeting senior UN officials upon arrival
5. Wide shot, SRSG getting ready to inspect the guard of honour
6. Med shot, UNGU officers playing the trumpet
7. Med shot, UNGU officers
8. Close up, SRSG James Swan, looking on
9. Med shot, UNGU officer leading the guard of
10. Wide shot, SRSG James Swan inspecting a guard of honour
11. Med shot, UNGU officer seeking permission to depart
12. Med shot, UNGU officer leading the guard of honour asking for permission to depart
13. Wide shot, SRSG, James Swan, walking away after inspecting the guard of honour
14. Med shot, SRSG, James Swan interacting with Senior Somali officials
15. Med shot, SRSG, James Swan, and Federal Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Abdulkadir Ahmed-Kheir Abdi, walking into the VIP terminal at the airport
16. Med shot, SRSG, James Swan, and Federal Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Abdulkadir Ahmed-Kheir Abdi, seated in the VIP room interacting
17. Wide shot, senior UN officials looking on during the meeting
18. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Abdulkadir Ahmed-Kheir Abdi, State Minister For Foreign Affairs And International Cooperation:
“The President and Prime Minister will receive you in their offices. I extend a warm welcome on behalf of the people, to Somalia.”
19. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) James Swan, Special Representative Of The Un Secretary-General For Somalia:
“I am honoured to be back to Somalia in this new capacity as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNSOM. I have spent many years working on Somalia in different capacities. But I am eager to hear what the situation is currently, consult widely with leaders and people of the country. We in the UN community look forward to working very closely with you to make progress here in Somalia.”
20. Wide shot, SRSG, James Swan, and Federal Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Abdulkadir Ahmed-Kheir Abdi, shaking hands
STORYLINE
The recently appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia and Head of Mission for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), James Swan, arrived in Mogadishu today (25 Jun) to take up his duties.

Senior officials from the Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations welcomed Mr. Swan during a brief ceremony held at Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport.
The State Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdulkadir Ahmed-Kheir Abdi, represented the Federal Government at the ceremony and said the people of Somalia were happy to receive the new SRSG.
“The President and Prime Minister will receive you in their offices. I extend a warm welcome on behalf of the Somali people to Somalia,” said Abdi.
Swan said he was eager to work with Somali authorities and international partners to fulfil UNSOM’s mandate and help to coordinate peacebuilding and state-building efforts in Somalia.
“I am honoured to be back to Somalia in this new capacity as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNSOM. I have spent many years working on Somalia in different capacities. But I am eager to hear what the situation is currently and consult widely with leaders and the people. We in the UN community look forward to working very closely with you to make progress here in Somalia,” he said.
Also present to receive the new SRSG was the Chairperson of Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission, Halima Ismail Ibrahim.
Senior United Nations officials who greeted Mr. Swan included the Deputy Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga and George Conway, the Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), Lisa Filipetto, and the Director of UNSOS, Amadu Kamara.
Swan is a career diplomat with extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, where he most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2013 until 2016 and the U.S. Special Representative for Somalia during 2011-2013.
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