A new 30-minute UN film retraces the considerable progress Somalia has achieved last year in trying to overcome what many see as one of the world’s most intractable crises.
Its release comes as the East African country enters a new phase in its trajectory to peace and as the United Nations prepares to establish a new in-country mission to help consolidate and build upon hard-earned gains towards peace, reconciliation and stability.
“From Transition to Transformation” underlines how things began to change in 2012 with the establishment of a representative Government, the approval of a draft constitution, and the weakening of the militant insurgency after two decades of strife and humanitarian crises. The movie illustrates how the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) contributed to these achievements of the Somalis, helping to pave the way for a new kind of UN presence on the ground.
Amid much-improved security conditions, UNPOS will hand over to the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, UNSOM, a new mission to be established in the capital Mogadishu on 3 June.
UNSOM is mandated by the UN Security Council to offer expertise in areas ranging from the political process to disarmament to help create and galvanize an environment in which stabilization and peacebuilding can proceed. The mission will support the new Federal Government – and all Somalis – in building lasting peace.