SOMALIA / COOPERATION AGREEMENT

15-Oct-2020 00:02:24
The Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations signed a new cooperation agreement today (15 Oct) which sets out how the country and the world body will work together over the next five years to achieve peace, stability and prosperity for all Somalis. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / COOPERATION AGREEMENT
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 OCTOBER 2020, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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15 OCTOBER 2020, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

1. Wide shot, James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia,
Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, and Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, arriving at the venue of the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF), in Mogadishu, Somalia
2. Med shot, Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, and James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, take their seats at the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF), in Mogadishu, Somalia
3. Med shot, Gamal M. Hassan, Federal Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Mahdi Mohamed Guled, Deputy Prime Minister, James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, and Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, seated
4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“The development cooperation framework is a reaffirmation and reinforcement of the UN’s longstanding commitment to support Somalia on its path to sustainable peace, security and development for all. The development cooperation framework is significant also as it will guide the collective work of the entire UN system in Somalia across its various mandates over the next five years.”
5. Med shot, an official attending the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF), in Mogadishu, Somalia
6. Med shot, an official attending the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF), in Mogadishu, Somalia
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Abdelmoula, Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations:
“In accordance with the UN’s global commitment to leave no one behind, the cooperation framework aims to ensure that all Somalis particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable, also participate in and benefit from Somalia’s progress.”
8. Med shot, James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia,
Adam Abdelmoula, and Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, and other officials clapping
9. Med shot, Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, speaking
10. Med shot, an official attending the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF)
11. Med shot, officials attending the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF)
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister, Somalia:
“We have proved that the country has come of age and that the UN is constructively engaging and consulting the Government. I am happy that the framework document recognizes the leadership of the Federal Government in the prioritization and implementation of the country’s development agenda.”
13. Med shot, Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, signing the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF) agreement on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia
14. Med shot, James Swan, the UN envoy to Somalia, signing the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF) agreement on behalf of the United Nations before handing over the documents to Gamal Mohamed Hassan, Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, for signing
15. Med shot, Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, signing the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF) agreement on behalf of the United Nations
16. Med shot, officials engaging in conversations at the end of the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF)
17. James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, and Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, engaging in a conversation at the end of the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF)
18. Gamal Mohamed Hassan, Federal Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, and Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, pose for a group photo at the end of the signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF)
STORYLINE
The Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations signed a new cooperation agreement today (15 Oct) which sets out how the country and the world body will work together over the next five years to achieve peace, stability and prosperity for all Somalis.

The signing ceremony for the agreement – the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNCF) – was held in the capital, Mogadishu, and attended from the Government’s side by Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled, and the Federal Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Gamal M. Hassan.

In his remarks at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Gulaid described the document as a significant milestone in the collaboration between the Federal Government and the United Nations and hailed the latter’s contribution towards the attainment of peace, security, and development in Somalia.

He said, “We have proved that the country has come of age and that the UN is constructively engaging and consulting the government,” he said. “I am happy that the framework document recognizes the leadership of the Federal Government in the prioritization and implementation of the country’s development agenda.”

From the world body’s side, those attending included the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, who also serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia.

The UNCF will replace a similar, previous agreement – the UN Strategic Framework (UNSF) – which expires at the end of this year.

Swan said Somalia has made remarkable progress in its journey towards consolidating peace and sustainable and inclusive development since signing of the UN Strategic Framework in December 2017.

“The development cooperation framework is a reaffirmation and reinforcement of the UN’s longstanding commitment to support Somalia on its path to sustainable peace, security and development for all. The development cooperation framework is significant also as it will guide the collective work of the entire UN system in Somalia across its various mandates over the next five years,” he added.

The UNCF represents the Federal Government’s and the UN’s collective commitment to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone everywhere, and were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda, which sets out a 15-year plan to achieve the SDGs.

In particular, the UNCF outlines ways in which the United Nations intends to support government-owned and government-led priorities. The Framework’s main pillars of activity directly mirror those of Somalia’s ninth National Development Plan (NDP-9), namely, inclusive politics and reconciliation; security and the rule of law; economic development; and social development.

In his remarks at the event, Abdelmoula said that the UNCF will allow the world body, along with other partners, to better target the structural causes of chronic fragility and instability that have constrained inclusive and sustainable development in Somalia for decades.

“In accordance with the UN’s global commitment to leave no one behind, the cooperation framework aims to ensure that all Somalis particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable, also participate in and benefit from Somalia’s progress,” the UN official said.

The event was attended in-person and virtually by a number of government and UN officials, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community.
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