SOMALIA / SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE VISIT

19-Jul-2022 00:05:19
State-building processes and collaboration with Somalia’s new leadership, as well as the support of the United Nations, were among the topics discussed in a meeting of the world body’s top official for the country and the leader of its northern Federal Member State (FMS) of Puntland. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE VISIT
TRT: 5:19
SOURCE: UNSOM STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 17-18 JULY 2022, GAROWE, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and delegation walking to board a plane from Mogadishu to Garowe, Puntland
2. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan boarding the plane.
3. Aerial shot, view approaching Garowe
4. Close up, Plane landing in Garowe
5. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan disembarking the aircraft in Garowe
6. Wide shot, driving through Garowe town from the airport
7. Close up shot, flags flying at Puntland State House
9. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan shaking hands with President Said Abdullahi Deni at Puntland State House
10. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan taking a seat at the start of a meeting
11. Close up, President Deni
12. Close up, UN Special Representative James Swan
13. Med shot, Puntland Federal state cabinet ministers at the meeting
14. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and President Deni at the meeting
15. Wide shot, Puntland Federal state cabinet ministers
16. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and President Deni prepare to address the media
17. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“In our meeting today with President [Said Abdullahi] Deni and members of his cabinet, we discussed a range of local and national issues of importance. President Deni and I exchanged ideas on how best to advance Somalia’s state-building processes now that a new Federal Government is in place. We discussed the importance of a deep collaboration between the Federal Government and Federal Member States, to lead progress on national priorities.”
15. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan speaking at the media briefing
16. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan meeting with members of the Puntland Research and Development Center (PDRC)
17. Close up, UN Special Representative James Swan speaking
18. Close up, members of the PDRC at the meeting
19. Med shot, members of the PDRC listening
20. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan meeting with members of the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission (TPEC)
21. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan speaking at the meeting
23. Wide shot, TPEC members at the meeting
24. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan speaking
25. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan meeting with representatives of UN agencies working in Puntland
26. Close up, UN agency staff member taking notes
27. Close up, Adeniyi Ojuolape, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative for Somalia
28. Med shot, representatives of UN agencies working in Puntland taking notes
29. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“President Deni reiterated his firm commitment to Puntland’s process of democratization. He briefed me on the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission’s initial plans to roll out the process to other districts. I underlined the United Nations’ readiness to support.”
25. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan speaking at the media briefing
26. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“Your efforts here we hope will also inspire and support the broader process of democratization across Somalia, at the federal and local levels.”
27. Med shot, Puntland cabinet ministers at the media briefing
28. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“On security, I expressed my concern about last week’s troubling incident at the Bosaso airport. President Deni assured me of the government’s commitment and active efforts to ensure continued stability and promote reconciliation.”
29. Pan shot, file footage of a dry riverbed as a result of the prolonged drought
30. Wide shot, file footage of dead goats
31. Wide shot, file footage of a doctor examining a malnourished child
32. Close up, file footage of a malnourished child
33. Close up, file footage of another malnourished child
34. Wide shot, footage of mothers taking care of malnourished children at a hospital
35. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“The ongoing drought is a crisis that is causing need and suffering across Somalia and the region. The scale of the challenge is immense, although it is clear to me from our discussions that the Puntland Government and the humanitarian community are doing their utmost to respond. The UN agencies are already responding through urgent programmes of cash transfer, nutrition assistance, water and sanitation support and health services.”
36. Wide shot, file footage of water trucking intervention in a drought affected area
37. Med shot, file footage of residents giving water to their animals
38. Close up, file footage of women filling containers with water
39. Wide shot, file footage of women and children filling containers with water
40. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“The situation is dire however, and we all know that more needs to be done. To this end the United Nations continues to advocate with the donor community for the mobilization of more resources to meet this challenge.”
41. Close up, United Nations flag
STORYLINE
State-building processes and collaboration with Somalia’s new leadership, as well as the support of the United Nations, were among the topics discussed in a meeting of the world body’s top official for the country and the leader of its northern Federal Member State (FMS) of Puntland.

“In our meeting today with President [Said Abdullahi] Deni and members of his cabinet, we discussed a range of local and national issues of importance. President Deni and I exchanged ideas on how best to advance Somalia’s state-building processes now that a new Federal Government is in place,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.

“We discussed the importance of a deep collaboration between the Federal Government and Federal Member States, to lead progress on national priorities,” Mr. Swan added.

The UN Special Representative was speaking at a joint media encounter with President Deni in the FMS’ capital, Garowe.

The media remarks came at the tail-end of a two-day visit to Puntland, where the UN Special Representative met with its leadership and other bodies – the Puntland Research and Development Centre (PDRC) and the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission (TPEC) – as well as representatives from UN agencies working in the Federal Member State.

The topic of Puntland’s democratization process was also discussed. In October last year, the Federal Member State completed the first phase of local elections in the districts of Eyl, Ufeyn and Qardho.

“President Deni reiterated his firm commitment to Puntland’s process of democratization… He briefed me on the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission’s initial plans to roll out the process to other districts. I underlined the United Nations’ readiness to support,” Mr. Swan said, adding that a visiting UN technical team was meeting with TPEC today.

He also commended the Federal Member State’s people and government for their continued commitment for the holding of direct local elections, as enshrined in Puntland’s Constitution.

“Your efforts here we hope will also inspire and support the broader process of democratization across Somalia, at the federal and local levels,” the UN official said.

Last week’s armed clash at the airport of Bosaso, located in northern Puntland and which reportedly left several dozen people dead and wounded, was also noted.

“On security, I expressed my concern about last week’s troubling incident at the Bosaso airport. President Deni assured me of the government’s commitment and active efforts to ensure continued stability and promote reconciliation,” Mr. Swan said.

Drought response

The issue of Somalia’s worsening drought featured heavily in the UN official’s media remarks. The country is facing a fourth consecutive failed rainy season and a heightened risk of famine – it is currently believed that there will be famine in eight areas by September.

“The ongoing drought is a crisis that is causing need and suffering across Somalia and the region. The scale of the challenge is immense, although it is clear to me from our discussions that the Puntland Government and the humanitarian community are doing their utmost to respond. The UN agencies are already responding through urgent programmes of cash transfer, nutrition assistance, water and sanitation support and health services,” Mr. Swan said.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the current drought is unprecedented and has affected seven million people and displaced more than 800,000 in search of food, water and pasture. Some 7.1 million people – 45 per cent of the population – are acutely food insecure, while an estimated 1.5 million children under age five face acute malnutrition. At least 200 children have died of malnutrition and disease since January.

“The situation is dire however, and we all know that more needs to be done. To this end the United Nations continues to advocate with the donor community for the mobilization of more resources to meet this challenge,” Mr. Swan said.

While nearly four million people have received assistance since January, the Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, launched in late 2021, seeks $1.46 billion to help 5.5 million people but is only 30 per cent funded so far.

Accompanied by the UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Representative for Somalia, Adeniyi Ojuolape, Mr. Swan’s visit to Puntland was part of his regular outreach to the country’s Federal Member States.

While in Garowe, Mr. Swan and Mr. Ojuolape also met with the local heads of offices of the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNFPA.
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