Supporting a Federal Future for Somalia: The Role of UNSOM
Ambassador Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Somalia; Head, United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
Chair: Mohamed A Omaar, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Somalia (2010-11)
Building Somalia’s post-transitional institutions and the political order required for a functioning federal state are significant long-term undertakings. National and international backing for the federal project in Somalia remains strong, despite slow progress and active contestation over large areas of the country, including intensified al-Shabaab militant activity in Mogadishu. A resurgence in political infighting within the government raises concerns about its ability to deliver on essential developments needed ahead of elections planned for 2016.
Having recently marked the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia’s (UNSOM) first anniversary, Ambassador Nick Kay will discuss Somalia’s trajectory, international engagements and UNSOM’s coordinating role.
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