UN launches new mission to help bring peace and stability to Somalia
The United Nations today launched the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), a political mission with headquarters in the capital Mogadishu, marking a new chapter in UN efforts for peace and stability in Somalia.
The new mission will support State building and peacebuilding with a focus on good governance, security sector reform and rule of law, as well as human rights, providing “good offices” for mediation, political reconciliation, and coordination of international assistance.
In May, the Security Council unanimously authorized the deployment of UNSOM for an initial period of 12 month amid much-improved security conditions and considerable political progress over recent years. Last year alone has seen the establishment of a representative Government, the approval of a provisional constitution, and the weakening of the militant insurgency Al Shabaab. The new mission will replace the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), which has provided important support from its base in Nairobi to various peace and reconciliation efforts since 1995.