SOMALIA / POLITICAL SECURITY HUMANITARIAN

14-Sep-2022 00:05:25
A high-level group representing some of Somalia’s main international partners met with South-West State’s leadership to discuss a range of topics related to political, humanitarian and security developments in both the Federal Member State and Somalia as a whole, as well as how they can best provide support. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / POLITICAL SECURITY HUMANITARIAN
TRT: 05:25
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNSOM ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2022, BAIDOA, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and delegation walking to the airplane from Mogadishu for flight to Baidoa, South-West State
2. Med shot, the delegation of some of Somalia’s international partners onboard the airplane to Baidoa
3. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and delegation disembarking from the airplane in Baidoa
4. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan welcomed at the airport by UNSOM’s Head of Office for Baidoa and the Sector Commander of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) contingent serving in South-West State
5. Med shot, guard of honour mounted by ATMIS troops
7. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan, Acting Head of ATMIS Fiona Lortan and the ATMIS commander receive a salute of honour
8. Wide shot, guard of honour mounted by ATMIS forces
9. Med shot, flags of the UN, the African Union, Ethiopia and Somalia
10. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and Acting Head of ATMIS Fiona Lortan inspecting the guard of honour
11. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and Acting Head of ATMIS Fiona Lortan saluted by senior ATMIS military officers
12. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and delegation walking to vehicles
13. Wide shot, convoy carrying high-level delegation arriving at the Presidential Palace in Baidoa
14. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan received by a protocol officer at the State House in Baidoa
15. Close up, UN Special Representative James Swan meeting with South-West State’s President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohammed ‘Laftagareen’
16. Wide shot, President ‘Laftagareen’ and South-West State officials in a meeting with UN Special Representative James Swan and members of the high-level delegation
17. Wide shot, President ‘Laftagareen’ and South-West State officials in meeting with UN Special Representative James Swan and members of the delegation
18. Close up, representatives from Sweden, Ethiopia and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the meeting
19. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“On the political front, we welcomed the South-West State Administration’s continued efforts to strengthen local governance, and we are encouraged by the just-concluded formation of a District Council in Huddur. We hope that this sets an example for other such district council endeavours. We stressed the importance of ensuring that people are accorded the space to express themselves freely, including freedom of assembly, organisation, and media, as the people of South-West State debate key issues on the public agenda.”
20. Med shot, Somalia’s international partners from Sweden, the United States, Germany, the European Union, ATMIS, IGAD and Ethiopia in the meeting
21. Wide shot, South-West State ministers in the meeting
22. Pan right, inside the high-level meeting room at the Presidential Palace of South-West State
23. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“In this respect, we renewed our call for a collaborative relationship between the South-West State and the Federal Government and welcome the President’s attendance at the recently-concluded meeting of the National Consultative Council in Mogadishu.”
24. Close up, President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohammed ‘Laftagareen’
25. Med shot, UN envoy James Swan speaking at a media briefing
26. Med shot, representatives from Sweden, Ethiopia, the United States and ATMIS at a media briefing
27. Wide shot, representatives of some of Somalia’s main international partners at the media briefing
28. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“Somalia’s international partners are seriously concerned about the difficult humanitarian situation affecting South-West State’s residents and those who have arrived from elsewhere due to displacement caused by the drought. We are wholeheartedly committed to continuing to support South-West State as it faces this immense challenge.”
29. Tracking shot, families inside a camp for internally displaced people
30. Med shot, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
31. Wide shot, women and children fetching water at an IDP camp
32. Med shot, makeshift shelters inside an IDP camp
33. Wide shot, mother receiving high energy biscuits at an IDP camp
34. Close-up, high-energy biscuits
35. Wide shot, medical officer using a stethoscope on a child at an IDP camp
36. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“We also re-affirmed our commitment to continue working closely with South-West State’s security establishment in taking on the challenge. In that vein, we urge even closer cooperation among international and local security actors.”
37. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and delegation arriving at ATMIS headquarters for a meeting
38. Med shot, Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia Abdulfatah Hassan and UN Special Representative James Swan
39. Close up, ATMIS Commander Brigadier General Besifat Fentie speaking
40. Close up, Somalia’s international partners at the meeting
41. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan, Acting Head of ATMIS Fiona Lortan, US Ambassador to Somalia Larry Andre and Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia Abdulfatah Hassan at the meeting
42. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan, Acting Head of ATMIS Fiona Lortan, US Ambassador to Somalia Larry Andre and Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia Abdulfatah Hassan
43. Close up, ATMIS, Ethiopia, Somalia and South-West State flags
44. Wide shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and a delegation of Somalia's international partners in a meeting with representatives of South-West State civil society organizations
45. Med shot, UN Special Representative James Swan and delegation in a meeting with representatives of South-West State civil society organizations
46. Close up, representatives of civil society organizations listening during the meeting.
47. Close up, US Ambassador to Somalia Larry Andre at the meeting
48. Close up, representative of South-West State civil society organizations speaking at the meeting
49. Wide shot, Group photo of the high-level delegation and members of local civil society organizations
STORYLINE
A high-level group representing some of Somalia’s main international partners on Tuesday (13 Sep) met with South-West State’s leadership to discuss a range of topics related to political, humanitarian and security developments in both the Federal Member State and Somalia as a whole, as well as how they can best provide support.

“On the political front, we welcomed the South-West State Administration’s continued efforts to strengthen local governance, and we are encouraged by the just-concluded formation of a District Council in Huddur. We hope that this sets an example for other such district council endeavours,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said in media remarks at the Presidential Palace in Baidoa, the largest city in South-West State.

“We stressed the importance of ensuring that people are accorded the space to express themselves freely, including freedom of assembly, organisation, and media, as the people of South-West State debate key issues on the public agenda,” Swan added.

Referring to the national arena, the UN official noted that solid and productive working relations between Somalia’s Federal Government and the authorities in the country’s Federal Member States are crucial to the long-term stability and well-being of all Somalis.

“In this respect,” he said, “we renewed our call for a collaborative relationship between South-West State and the Federal Government and welcome the President’s attendance at the recently-concluded meeting of the National Consultative Council in Mogadishu.”

Swan was speaking at a joint press encounter with the South-West State leader, President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen,’ following a group meeting with him and members of his cabinet and advisors.

The UN official was accompanied by the Acting Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and Head of the African Union Transition Mission to Somalia (ATMIS), Fiona Lortan; Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Somalia, Abdulfatah Hassan; Sweden’s Ambassador to Somalia, Per Lindgarde; the US Ambassador to Somalia, Larry Andre; the European Union Delegation to Somalia’s Team Leader, Jens Hoegel; Germany’s Deputy Ambassador to Somalia, Sascha Kienzle; and, from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Head of Mission in Somalia, Abdi Ibrahim.

In his remarks, the UN Special Representative noted that the humanitarian situation in many parts of Somalia had grown increasingly dire due to the worsening drought, and that South-West State was no exception to this.

According to a recent report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), recurrent droughts, and insecurity – mainly due to the presence of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group – have negatively impacted the economic stability and livelihoods of people in South-West State, leading to a chronic humanitarian situation and large-scale population displacements.

At least 1.4 million out of the estimated 2.9 million people living in the Federal Member State are reportedly affected by the drought, including 454,600 people in the Baidoa district. In addition, South-West State has one of the biggest caseloads of internal displacement, food insecurity and malnutrition in Somalia.

Recent food security projections indicate that of the more than 213,000 people reportedly facing catastrophic food security levels in Somalia, about 112,000 are reportedly in South-West State.
“Somalia’s international partners are seriously concerned about the difficult humanitarian situation affecting South-West State’s residents and those who have arrived from elsewhere due to displacement caused by the drought,” Swan said. “We are wholeheartedly committed to continuing to support South-West State as it faces this immense challenge.”

Throughout Somalia, a total of 5.3 million people were reached with drought response and famine prevention scale-up efforts between January and July 2022, representing 69 per cent of the 7.61 million people targeted. The UN is also calling for a scaling-up of assistance required to address worsening humanitarian conditions and rising needs.

Somalia’s Humanitarian Response Plan for 2022 seeks close to $1.5 billion and has currently reached around 68 per cent of that target.

In regard to security matters, the UN Special Representative said they remain a key priority in South-West State, and that the international partners had commended the president for his continued commitment to degrade Al-Shabaab in all three of the Federal Member State’s regions.
“We also re-affirmed our commitment to continue working closely with South-West State’s security establishment in taking on the challenge. In that vein, we urge even closer cooperation among international and local security actors,” Swan said.

Following the meeting with the president, the visiting delegation met with the local contingent of African Union peacekeepers serving with ATMIS, and with representatives from civil society organisations.
With the latter, they heard about their concerns and how the international community can best assist them in their work as they support local development, human rights, and the needs of women, youth and other historically marginalized groups.
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