SOMALIA / PARTNERSHIP FORUM

02-Oct-2019 00:04:55
The Federal Government of Somalia and its international partners gathered in the country’s capital on Tuesday for the 2019 Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF) – an opportunity for all concerned to take stock of the progress made by the country as well as agree on priorities ahead. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / PARTNERSHIP FORUM
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 01 OCTOBER 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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1. Wide shot, representatives of the Federal Government of Somalia and country's international partners including the United Nations and AMISOM, and civil society organisations attending
2. Med shot, James Swan, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, H.E Mahdi Mohammed Guled, Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, and Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC) at the Forum
3. Med shot, representatives of the international community
4. Med shot, senior officials of the Federal Government of Somalia
5. Close up, participants at the Forum
6. Med shot, Prime Minister Guled addressing the SPF participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Government of Somalia:
"Somalia continues to make ever increasing strides in overcoming challenges it presently faces on security, economic recovery and social development. These landmark achievements so far have been made thanks to the commitment from Somali political stakeholders with generous financial and technical assistance from our international partners."
8. Med shot, participants at the forum
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Government of Somalia:
"Despite the promising prospects we are under no illusions to underestimate the myriad of challenges ahead of the country's road to full recovery which demands concerted political and financial commitments from both local stakeholders and international partners."
10. Med shot, Ambassadors to Somalia from the United Kingdom and the United States at the forum
11. Wide shot, participants listening to SRSG James Swan
12. Med shot, Ambassadors to Somalia from Norway, Ethiopia and Germany taking notes
13. Wide shot, participants listening
14. Med shot, SRSG James Swan speaking
15. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia:
"This Somalia Partnership Forum now offers an opportunity to chart a course forward for the next 12 to 15 months, with clearly defined priority objectives and timelines. While acknowledging – indeed, celebrating – the progress to date, we must also be honest and frank about the challenges that remain. And, together, we must redouble our efforts to overcome these challenges and ensure that 2020 is the year of delivery on the most important priorities."
16. Med shot, senior officials of the Federal Government of Somalia
17. Med shot, Ambassadors to Somalia from Italy, Egypt and Kenya attending
18. Med shot, participants at the forum
19. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia:
"The United Nations family is engaged across a wide range of the objectives in Somalia’s roadmaps for inclusive politics, security and Justice, economic reform, and social development. In all that we do, we are mindful of cross-cutting objectives of women’s empowerment, youth engagement, and respect for principles of human rights and humanitarian law, among others."
20. Wide shot, participants at the forum
21. Med shot, Somalia’s International partners attending
22. Close up shot, a participant listening
23. Med shot, Somalia women civil society representatives at the forum
24. close up shot, a participant taking notes
25. Wide shot, participants listening
26. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia:
"As we focus together on the coming year, among specific priorities we particularly look forward to discussing today are: preparations for national elections and the constitutional review, to be completed within the agreed timelines; plans for further action to degrade Al Shabaab and build Somali security and justice institutions, using the principles of the Comprehensive Approach to Security; next steps to meet requirements for the heavily indebted poor countries debt relief programme by early 2020.”
27. Wide shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira speaking
28. Med shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira
29. Med shot, SRSG James Swan and Mahdi Mohammed Guled, Deputy Prime minister, Federal Government of Somalia listening
30. Med shot, participants taking notes
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia
"This is a telling message that Somalia has come a long way in building a conducive environment and capacity to perform its role as a fully fledged member of the international community, including the capacity to host international conferences like this one, in its own territory.”
32. Wide shot, participants attending the Somalia Partnership Forum
STORYLINE
The Federal Government of Somalia and its international partners gathered in the country’s capital on Tuesday (01 Oct) for the 2019 Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF) – an opportunity for all concerned to take stock of the progress made by the country as well as agree on priorities ahead.

Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid said in his remarks at the two-day event’s opening, "the landmark achievements registered so far have been made possible due to the commitment from Somalia’s political stakeholders with generous financial and technical assistance from our partners.”

He added, "despite the promising prospects we are under no illusions to underestimate the myriad of challenges ahead of the country's road to full recovery which demands concerted political and financial commitments from both local stakeholders and international partners."

Leading today’s discussions alongside the Deputy Prime Minister were the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira.

The discussions among the Somali officials, ambassadors and other representatives centred on the areas of economic reform, security and justice reform, inclusive politics, social development and the principles of partnership.

In his remarks at the opening, Swan noted that despite the gains made so far, there was a need to set clear objectives and timelines with the goal of delivering on the set priorities by 2020.

He said, “this Somalia Partnership Forum now offers an opportunity to chart a course forward for the next 12 to 15 months, with clearly defined priority objectives and timelines. While acknowledging – indeed, celebrating – progress to date, we must also be honest and frank about the challenges that remain,” adding that “together, we must redouble efforts to overcome these challenges and ensure that 2020 is the year of delivery on the most important priorities.”

Swan noted that the intent was to focus on the so-called Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) for 2019-2020, and have an active discussion and exchange of ideas for how to implement its content.

The UN Special Representative said, “today, I suggest we seize the opportunity of so many friends of Somalia gathered around this table to emphasize concrete steps needed for implementation of priority commitments agreed in the Mutual Accountability Framework.”

The MAF details the joint commitments of Somalia and its international partners in the areas of political reforms, security, economic development, and recovery and humanitarian assistance, as the country rebuilds after decades of armed conflict and climate-related shocks.

Swan noted that amidst the focus on specific priorities for the coming year, the following were particularly looked forward to in the day’s discussions: preparations for national elections and the constitutional review, to be completed within the agreed timelines; plans for further action to degrade Al-Shabaab and build Somali security and justice institutions, using the principles of the plan known as the Comprehensive Approach to Security; next steps to meet requirements for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative for debt relief by early 2020; and the collective response to the pressing needs of Somalia’s people by building resilience and sustainable development for Somalis, in keeping with partnership principles.

Later, during discussions on inclusive politics, Swan – who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) – highlighted that all sectors of Somali society needed to be included in the political decision-making process, particularly women and youth, noting that “politics in Somalia cannot be fully inclusive without the meaningful participation of these large segments of the population.

This year’s Somalia Partnership Forum is the fourth of its kind, and the second time Somalia has hosted it, with the first time having taken place in December 2017. Last year, the conference was held in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

Speaking on behalf of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Amb. Madeira noted in his opening remarks that he was pleased that the SPF was being held in the Horn of Africa country.

He said, "this is a telling message that Somalia has come a long way in building a conducive environment and capacity to perform its role as a fully-fledged member of the international community, including the capacity to host international conferences like this one, in its own territory.”

The gathering concluded today, at which it will hear further from the country’s federal authorities as well as participating Federal Member States, and after which a communique on the way forward is expected to be issued.
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