SOMALIA / SWAN HIRSHABELLE VISIT

18-Jul-2019 00:02:29
On his first visit to the Somalia’s federal state of Hirshabelle, the newly-appointed United Nations envoy to Somalia James Swan discussed with state authorities the country’s state-building process, local humanitarian needs and the world body’s assistance. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SWAN HIRSHABELLE VISIT
TRT: 02:29
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2019, JOWHAR, HIRSHABELLE, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Aerial shot, Jowhar (Hirshabelle), Somalia
2. Wide shot, Swan disembarking and shaking hands
3. Wide shot, Swan with Hirshabelle’s President Ware and his cabinet
4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“It’s a true pleasure to visit Somalia’s newest federal member state and I must say I am very impressed by the progress that the state has been able to achieve in just a few years.”
5. Tilt up, UN flag at Jowhar UN Camp
6. Wide shot, Swan with President Ware and his cabinet in meeting
7. Close up, President Mohamed Abdi Ware
8. Close up Swan and the UN team
9. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“We particularly agreed that good relations between the Federal Government of Somalia and the federal member states are crucial to continued progress for the people of Somalia.”
10. Wide shot Swan planting a tree at the UN camp
11. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“We are looking forward to i ncreasing our cooperation with the people and government of Hirshabelle to implement the UNSOM mandate and also to ensure that the activities of the entire UN family are having good effects here in Hirshabelle. And I appreciated hearing some solid advice from the president as to how we can do that yet better.”
12. Wide shot, Swan touring a Level 1 facility in Jowhar
STORYLINE
On his first visit to the state of Hirshabelle, the newly-appointed United Nations envoy to Somalia James Swan touched upon the country’s state-building process, local humanitarian needs and the world body’s assistance.

“We had encouraging and fruitful talks with President [Mohamed Abdi] Ware and his cabinet on a wide range of issues, including the need to strengthen the state-building process in Somalia,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, told local media after meeting with the state’s leadership in Jowhar, the capital.

“We particularly agreed that good relations between the Federal government and the federal member states are crucial to continued progress for the people of Somalia,” he added in the joint media encounter with President Ware.

The UN Special Representative also expressed concern about the current food security situation in Hirshabelle and its potential humanitarian impact.

His remarks follow a recent report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that, due to poor rains experienced between April and June in Somalia, a worsening food security situation in Somalia threatens more than two million people.

“Out of 5.4 million expected to be acutely food insecure by July, 2.2 million will be in severe acute food insecurity conditions… a 40 per cent increase from January this year,” OCHA stated in its report.

As part of a response, the Federal Government of Somalia and the aid community are implementing a $686 million plan, targeting 4.5 million people up to December 2019.

In his remarks, the UN official – who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) – flagged that the UN system in Somalia was looking forward to increasing its cooperation with the people and government of Hirshabelle to implement UNSOM’s mandate and also to ensure that the activities of UN agencies, funds and programmes has a positive effect in Hirshabelle.

“I appreciated having some solid advice from the president as to how we can do what better,” Mr. Swan said.

The UN is involved in a wide variety of activities in Hirshabelle ranging from the development of institutional capacity to the provision of humanitarian assistance, as well as the facilitation of political mediation, security sector reform and infrastructure development.

The trip was Swan’s third visit to a federal member state since his arrival in Somalia on 25 June, following trips to Puntland and Jubaland.

The UN Special Representative was accompanied on the trip by the senior officials from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Takeshi Moriyama and Edmore Tondhlana, respectively.
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