SOMALIA / GALMUDUG SWAN VISIT

01-Aug-2022 00:04:10
In Galmudug, the UN Special Representative for Somalia highlighted state-building, reconciliation, security, and famine prevention. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / GALMUDUG SWAN VISIT
TRT: 04:10
SOURCE: UNSOM STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 30 JULY 2022, DHUSAMAREB, SOMALIA / FILE
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30 JULY 2022, DHUSAMAREB, SOMALIA

1. Aerial shot, view of Dhusamareb
2. Wide shot, James Swan, disembarks from the UN flight
3. Wide shot, streets of Dhusamareb
4. Wide shot, UN delegation convoy of UN delegation
5. Pan shot, State House
6. Various shots, Swan arriving at the State House and meeting with President Ahmed Abdi Kariye and members of his cabinet
7. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“We had the opportunity to discuss Somalia’s successful completion of the electoral processes – including the House of the People and Presidential elections – and the important tasks that now lie ahead for the Federal Government and Federal Member States, including state-building, reconciliation, and peacebuilding processes, improving security and, of course, preventing famine. Looking ahead, the President has assured of his commitment to work with the new federal administration and ensure that key national priorities are achieved.”
8. Various shots, Swan with President Ahmed Abdi Kariye and his cabinet
9. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“The President briefed us on the security situation in Galmudug, in particular recently Al-Shabaab attacks in Mudug. We very much acknowledge the courage and sacrifices of the security forces who have been involved in defending against Al-Shabaab.”

RECENT – DOLLOW, SOMALIA
10. Various shots, health and nutrition centre

RECENT – BAIDOA, SOMALIA

11. Various shots, IDPs camp

30 JULY 2022, DHUSAMAREB, SOMALIA

12. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“As in other affected areas in Somalia, the United Nations is coordinating efforts with local humanitarian partners to provide the needed support to address issues related to drinking water, food shortages, and health needs. We have assured President Kariye of our continued assistance and active advocacy for more international support to help alleviate the situation and prevent famine here and elsewhere in Somalia.”

RECENT – GALKAYO, SOMALIA

13. Various shots, drought water being trucked to rural sites

30 JULY 2022, DHUSAMAREB, SOMALIA

14. Wide shot, State House
15. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“We count on him to play a constructive role in helping forge a strong collaboration between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States.
16. Wide shot, State House
17. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“The United Nations and the international community look forward to continuing our good relationship and cooperation with you and the people of Galmudug.”
18. Wide shot, UN delegation convoy
STORYLINE
In Galmudug, the UN Special Representative for Somalia highlighted state-building, reconciliation, security, and famine prevention.

On a visit to the capital of Galmudug on Saturday (30 Jul), Somalia’s top United Nations official met the Federal Member State’s leader for talks on a range of issues affecting the state and the country overall.

“We had the opportunity to discuss Somalia’s successful completion of the electoral processes – including the House of the People and Presidential elections – and the important tasks that now lie ahead for the Federal Government and Federal Member States, including state-building, reconciliation, and peacebuilding processes, improving security and, of course, preventing famine,” the UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said.

“Looking ahead, the President has assured of his commitment to work with the new federal administration and ensure that key national priorities are achieved,” he added.

The UN official was speaking at a joint media encounter after discussions with President Ahmed Abdi Kariye and members of his cabinet at the State House in Dhusamareb, the capital of Galmudug.

In his remarks, Swan highlighted that they had also discussed the security situation in Galmudug, in particular recent Al-Shabaab attacks in its Mudug region.

He also acknowledged the efforts of security forces against the terrorist group and noted President Kariye’s commitment to resolving other localized conflicts in the Federal Member State.

The two men also discussed the severe drought affecting Somalia and its impact within the Galmudug, as well as UN efforts to support the humanitarian response.

Somalia 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.

“As in other affected areas in Somalia, the United Nations is coordinating efforts with local humanitarian partners to provide the needed support to address issues related to drinking water, food shortages, and health needs,” Swan said.

“We have assured President Kariye of our continued assistance and active advocacy for more international support to help alleviate the situation and prevent famine here and elsewhere in Somalia,” he continued.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the current drought has affected seven million people and displaced more than 800,000 in search of food, water, and pasture.

Some 7.1 million people – 45 percent of the population – are acutely food insecure, while an estimated 1.5 million children under five faces acute malnutrition.

At least 200 children have died of malnutrition and disease since January.

This year’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia seeks around $1.5 billion to meet the country’s most critical humanitarian needs. So far, it has received just 42.6 percent of that amount.

Asides from the issue of the drought response, Swan said he had also assured President Kariye of the world body’s sustained engagement, along with that of other international partners, with Galmudug.

“We count on him to play a constructive role in helping forge a strong collaboration between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States,” Swan added.

“The United Nations and the international community look forward to continuing our good relationship and cooperation with you and the people of Galmudug.”

The UN Special Representative’s visit to Dhusamareb was part of his regular engagement with Somali leaders.

Earlier in July, he visited Garowe, the capital of the northern Federal Member State of Puntland, where he met its President Said Abdullahi Deni and others for discussions on various topics.
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