Past eventResearch Event

Implementing Somalia’s Reform Agenda: UN Engagement on National Objectives

14 March 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Chatham House, London


Michael Keating, Special Representative, Secretary-General for Somalia; Head, United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
Chair: Ridwan Haji Abdiwali, Europe Correspondent, VOA Somali Service



Somalia’s recovery and political transition remain on track despite a difficult 2017 which saw recurring disputes between the federal government and member states, tensions between the government and parliament, destructive attacks by al-Shabaab, and devastating drought.

2018 began more positively, with President Farmaajo and regional leaders setting out their intentions to fast-track the implementation of the agreed national security architecture, resource and revenue sharing, and the constitutional review process.

The federal and regional governments have endorsed a road-map towards 2020 elections, with the registration of political parties in Somalia for the first time in 50 years marking the beginning of a transition from a clan-based power-sharing formula towards universal voting.

Before the next national elections, regional polls will also take place to decide several state presidencies, including in South West and Puntland.

Michael Keating examines the political landscape in Somalia and discusses how the UN is supporting federal and regional governments to implement reforms on federalism, security, and socio-economic development.