SOMALIA / SWAN NATIONAL ELECTIONS

28-Jan-2021 00:06:45
In HirShabelle, the United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed recent developments related to the impasse currently being experienced with the country’s national elections. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SWAN NATIONAL ELECTIONS
TRT: 6:44
SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 JANUARY 2020, JOWHAR, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan walking to the plane at Aden Abdulle International Airport, Mogadishu
2.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan boarding the plane at Aden Abdulle International Airport, Mogadishu
3.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan taking his seat in the plane
4.Wide shot, aerial shot of farmlands near Jowhar, Hirshabelle State
5.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan reads through his notes
6.Wide shot, Aerial shot of a settlement in Jowhar, Hirshabelle State
7.Med shot, plane’s landing gear in preparation for landing at Jowhar Airport, Hirshabelle State
8.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan and other officials of the UN delegation disembarking from the plane at Jowhar Airport
9.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan and other officials of the UN delegation, walking from the plane at Jowhar Airport
10.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan is ushered into a waiting vehicle at Jowhar Airport
11.Wide shot, convoy of the visiting UN delegation led by UN envoy James Swan arriving at the AMISOM camp in Jowhar, Hirshabelle State
12.Wide shot, troops from AMISOM’s Burundi contingent on parade to welcome UN envoy James Swan
13.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan waiting to inspect a guard of honour by AMISOM troops
14.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan inspecting a guard of honour provided by AMISOM’s Burundian contingent
15.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan walking to the AMISOM conference room at Jowhar, Hirshabelle
16.Close up, UN envoy James Swan in the conference room at Jowhar, Hirshabelle
17.Med shot, the President of Hirshabelle, Ali Abdullahi Hussein 'Gudlawe,' and members of his cabinet during a meeting with a UN delegation led by UN envoy James Swan, in Jowhar
18.Wide shot, the President of Hirshabelle, Ali Abdullahi Hussein 'Gudlawe,' and members of his cabinet during a meeting with a UN delegation led by UN envoy James Swan, in Jowhar
19.Med shot, the President of Hirshabelle, Ali Abdullahi Hussein 'Gudlawe,' and members of his cabinet during a meeting with a UN delegation led by UN envoy James Swan, in Jowhar
20.SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“I was pleased to see the statement this morning from Jubaland and Puntland, as well as the announcement of their nominees to the State Election Implementation Teams. I will be consulting, later today, with other international partners as we agree on our collective response to these developments – but my initial reaction is that, while overdue, the issuance of these lists is a positive, welcome development. I also welcome the very helpful proposal for a meeting of Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member State leaders, which is fully consistent with repeated partner appeals for Somalia’s leaders to reach agreement on the implementation of the electoral model adopted on 17 September.”
21.Wide shot, Hirshabelle residents at a previous ceremony to celebrate the formation of the Federal Member State in 2016
22.Med shot, Hirshabelle residents at a previous ceremony to celebrate the formation of the Federal Member State in 2016
23. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“Hirshabelle is the youngest of Somalia’s Federal Members States, established in 2016. We know that its development needs are significant in light of this, and the UN family continues to provide support in various fields, including with development and humanitarian assistance, but also with security and reconciliation efforts.”
24.Wide shot, Hirshabelle police recruits marching during a previous pass-out ceremony in Jowhar
25.Med shot, Hirshabelle police recruits marching during a previous pass-out ceremony in Jowhar
26.Close up, the President of Hirshabelle, Ali Abdullahi Hussein ‘Gudlawe,’ officiating at a previous police pass-out ceremony in Jowhar
27.Med shot, Hirshabelle police recruits marching during a previous pass-out ceremony in Jowhar
28.Med shot, Hirshabelle police recruits demonstrating self-defence skills during a previous pass-out ceremony in Jowhar
29.Med shot, Hirshabelle Police Commander Hassan Di’sow and other officials at a previous police pass-out ceremony in Jowhar
30.Med shot, Hirshabelle police recruits demonstrating self-defence skills during a previous pass-out ceremony in Jowhar
31.Med shot, the President of Hirshabelle, Ali Abdullahi Hussein ‘Gudlawe,’ at a previous police pass-out ceremony in Jowhar

32. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“I’m pleased to add that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is also rehabilitating 35 kilometres of major irrigation canals. This will enable Hirshabelle to continue to realize its potential as the breadbasket of Somalia. These are just some examples of our close partnership with Hirshabelle.”
33.Wide shot, a truck carrying life-saving emergency humanitarian food relief
34.Med shot, workers loading emergency humanitarian food relief onto a UN helicopter
35.Wide shot, workers loading emergency humanitarian food relief onto a UN helicopter
36.Med shot, UN personnel securing emergency humanitarian food relief aboard a UN helicopter
37.Close up, a UN World Food Programme helicopter rotor
38.Wide shot, a UN World Food Programme helicopter taxiing in readiness for take-off
39.Wide shot, a UN World Food Programme helicopter taking off
40.Med shot, a UN World Food Programme helicopter landing in Belet Weyne
41.Wide shot, workers unloading boxes of humanitarian food relief from a UN WFP helicopter
42.Wide shot, relief food for distribution
43.Med shot, UN World Food Programme staff distributing humanitarian food to flood-affected families in Belet Weyne
44.Med shot, UN World Food Programme staff distributing humanitarian food to flood-affected families in Belet Weyne
45. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“The UN family in Somalia looks forward to working together with you and your team to improve the lives of the people of Hirshabelle as it grows and develops in 2021 and beyond.”
46.Med shot, a UN Food and Agriculture Organization National Programme Officer, Mohamed Yarrow, meets Hirshabelle’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Mohamed Bashir Qasim ‘Daqare’
47.Close up, a UN Food and Agriculture Organization National Programme Officer, Mohamed Yarrow
48.Wide shot, the UN envoy, James Swan, and other UN officials meet AMISOM military and police officers
49.Wide shot, the UN envoy, James Swan, and other UN officials meet AMISOM military and police officers
50.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan; the UNSOM Police Commissioner, Meinolf Schlotmann; the UN envoy's Special Assistant, Anna Rissanen; and the UN envoy's Senior Advisor, Daud Aweis, meet AMISOM military and police officers
51.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan and other UN officials meet AMISOM military and police officers
52.Med shot, UNSOM Police Commissioner Meinolf Schlotmann taking notes during the meeting with AMISOM military and police officers
53.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan and other UN officials meet AMISOM military and police officers
54.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan walking towards the UN camp to meet staff in Jowhar
55.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan arriving for a meeting with UN and AU staff in Jowhar
56.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan addressing UN and AU staff in Jowhar
57.Wide shot, UN and AU personnel at the meeting with UN envoy James Swan
58.Med shot, UN and AU personnel at the meeting with UN envoy James Swan
59.Close up, UN envoy James Swan addressing UN and AU personnel in Jowhar
60.Med shot, UN and AU personnel at the meeting with UN envoy James Swan
61.Med shot, UN envoy James Swan concludes his interaction with UN and AU personnel
62.Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan walking past a guard of honour provided by AMISOM’s Burundian contingent at the end of his visit to Jowhar
63.Med shot, convoy of the visiting UN delegation, led by UN envoy James Swan, driving back to the airport
STORYLINE
In HirShabelle, the United Nations envoy to Somalia today (28 Jan) welcomed recent developments related to the impasse currently being experienced with the country’s national elections.

“I was pleased to see the statement this morning from Jubaland and Puntland, as well as the announcement of their nominees to the State Election Implementation Teams. I will be consulting, later today, with other international partners as we agree on our collective response to these developments – but my initial reaction is that, while overdue, the issuance of these lists is a positive, welcome development,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.

The UN envoy was speaking at a joint media encounter in HirShabelle’s capital, Jowhar, with the Federal Member State’s President Ali Gudlawe, with whom he had earlier also discussed the issue of the country’s elections.
Over recent weeks, Somalia’s international partners – including the United Nations – have been urging the country’s leaders to come together, in a spirit of consensus and collaboration, to resolve differences over the implementation of an electoral plan they had agreed on in September last year, in order help ensure Somalia remains on a clear path to peace and stability.

Earlier on Thursday, Puntland and Jubaland authorities announced that they were making appointments to each of their respective State Electoral Implementation Teams and also called for another meeting of Federal Government and Federal Member State leaders to resolve any directions on the way forward.

“I also welcome the very helpful proposal for a meeting of Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member State leaders, which is fully consistent with repeated partner appeals for Somalia’s leaders to reach agreement on the implementation of the electoral model adopted on 17 September 17,” Mr. Swan said. “These are positive, conciliatory moves by Jubaland and Puntland, and I urge that they be reciprocated by the Federal Government and other Federal Member States.”

Along with an official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mohamed Yarrow, and the Police Commissioner for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Meinolf Schlotmann, the UN Special Representative was in Jowhar to discuss with the President and his ministers the work of the United Nations in support of HirShabelle.

“HirShabelle is the youngest of Somalia’s Federal Members States, established in 2016. We know that its development needs are significant in light of this, and the UN family continues to provide support in various fields, including with development and humanitarian assistance, but also with security and reconciliation efforts,” Mr. Swan at the media encounter.

The UN envoy went on to highlight some examples of that support.

On the humanitarian front, tied into the desert locust infestation experienced in many parts of the country, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing much-needed assistance to people through its nutrition programme for locust-affected villages.

In relation to flooding which has impacted HirShabelle’s development efforts, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has identified at least 60 water breakage points and is working with local authorities to close 13 high flood risk river embankments. Four of these have already been completed.

“I’m pleased to add that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is also rehabilitating 35 kilometres of major irrigation canals,” Mr. Swan said. “This will enable HirShabelle to continue to realize its potential as the breadbasket of Somalia.”

He added that International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working at the community level through the Federal Member State, with support, for example, with the construction of primary schools, a modern market complex and a women’s centre

On the security front, along with its partners, the United Nations remains committed to supporting the HirShabelle police.

Currently, some 579 police officers are receiving stipends through the UN Joint Police Programme, which will also fund the construction of police stations, provide equipment and develop programmes on community policing.

“These are just some examples of our close partnership with HirShabelle,” Mr. Swan said. “The UN family in Somalia looks forward to working together with you and your team to improve the lives of the people of HirShabelle as it grows and develops in 2021 and beyond.”

The UN delegation’s visit to HirShabelle was the fourth one to a Federal Member State this month, with the aim being to consult Federal Member State leaders on the world body’s support. Previous delegations, led by the UN Special Representative, have visited South West State, Galmudug and Puntland.
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