Report of the Secretary-General on Somalia (S/2015/702)

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Map of Somalia. Credit: UN Graphic.

"As outlined in my letter of 2 July to the Security Council and endorsed in resolution 2232 (2015), substantial contributions to the development and sustainment of the Somali police force are required. These must include short-term initiatives to jump-start the establishment of a police force in the regions, along with a recommended gradual reconfiguration of AMISOM towards more police personnel where appropriate. In collaboration with AMISOM, United Nations entities are developing detailed options for the implementation and delivery of a non-lethal support package for the Somali police force, which will be presented to the Council in September, as requested in its resolution 2232 (2015).

I remain extremely concerned at the fragile humanitarian situation in Somalia, which is being compounded by the crisis in Yemen, and at the increased rate of forced evictions and displacement prompted by the military offensive. Over 3 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance. The potential humanitarian impact of El Niño is also of serious concern. I urge all parties to facilitate timely, unhindered and safe access for humanitarian actors and to find durable solutions for the 1.1 million Somalis who are internally displaced. I reiterate my appeal to donors to increase support to the $863 million humanitarian appeal, which is aimed at addressing the needs of over 2.8 million Somalis.

I am disappointed that in “Somaliland”, the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Guurti to postpone presidential and parliamentary elections until March 2017. The decision was made despite international appeals against the postponement and risks jeopardizing the gains that the region has made in its democratization effort.

Numerous challenges notwithstanding, in recent months, Somalia has made some progress in women’s political participation and leadership at the national and local levels. While much remains to be achieved, the inclusion and engagement of women in strategic positions, such as in the Interim Juba Administration and Galmudug state assemblies, the National Independent Electoral Commission and Federal and regional cabinets, are indications of slow but steady progress. Traditional elders and political leaders have a responsibility to help to redress the gender imbalance.

As I have stated in the past, the people of Somalia bear the ultimate responsibility for ushering in lasting peace, stability and national development in their country. Somalia has suffered long enough from painful past years of anarchy and destruction. The Somali leadership and representatives must live up to their responsibility of showing the political commitment and unity required to guide the process to a satisfactory conclusion in 2016. The international community stands ready to continue supporting Somalia.

I pay tribute to my Special Representative, Nicholas Kay, his deputies and the staff members of UNSOM, UNSOA and the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes and other international and regional organizations in Somalia for their continued hard work under challenging conditions. I also thank the African Union, AMISOM, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the European Union and other development partners for their sustained support to the search for durable peace in Somalia. We must continue to strengthen our partnership in the quest for lasting peace and stability."