Somalia

Omar  Abdi Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director (Programmes)

Omar Abdi

Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director (Programmes)

On 6 June 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Omar Abdi, a Canadian national born in Somalia, as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  He will succeed Geeta Rao Gupta, whom the Secretary-General would like to thank for her exceptional service and commitment to UNICEF.

25 August 2017, New York/Mogadishu

Note to Correspondents: Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs urges Somalia to continue reconciliation and State-building process

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, visited Somalia from 24-25 August. During his visit, accompanied by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Michael Keating, he held discussions with the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, Speakers of both Houses of Parliament, the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, the Chair of the National Independent Electoral Commission, and Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson.  
 

07 March 2017, Mogadishu

Opening remarks at press encounter with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia

Families displaced by drought in Baidoa, Somalia, gather around Secretary-General António Guterres (white cap), who is in the region urging action to help them. Photo: UNSOM

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.  
 
I decided that I would make in Baidoa my first field visit of my tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations. And the reason why I came to Mogadishu and Baidoa is very simple: to express my deep solidarity with the Somali people in this moment that is at the same time both tragic and
hopeful.
 

22 February 2017, Mogadishu, Somalia

Secretary-General's message at the Inaugural Ceremony for President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia

[Delivered by Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Michael Keating]

I am pleased to extend my congratulations to President Mohammed Abduallhi Mohammed Farmajo on his inauguration – and to the people of Somalia on the federal electoral process.   
 
I commend outgoing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his gracious welcome and offer of support to the new Administration.  
 

29 October 2014, Mogadishu

Remarks to the press in Mogadishu, Somalia

Your Excellency Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality and I highly commend your leadership.

As the President just said, I was in Mogadishu in December 2011, just about three years ago. It is good to be back in Somalia and meet many Government leaders and the people of Somalia. Even though my visit is very brief today, I can already see and feel how the country has made remarkable progress since my last visit.

09 December 2011, Mogadishu

Opening remarks at press conference in Mogadishu, Somalia

We are honoured to visit Somalia at this time. We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. We are here to convey our strong solidarity to the people of Somalia.

This morning, upon arrival, we had a series of very constructive discussions with the President and other leadership on the future and on how the international community could help the Somali Government and people.

A few years ago people tended to think of Somalia only as “famine” or “bloodshed”.

Often when I spoke about Somalia, people wanted to change the subject.

09 December 2011, Mogadishu

Opening remarks at press conference, Mogadishu, Somalia

We are honoured to visit Somalia at this time. We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. We are here to convey our strong solidarity to the people of Somalia.

This morning, upon arrival, we had a series of very constructive discussions with the President and other leadership on the future and on how the international community could help the Somali Government and people.

A few years ago people tended to think of Somalia only as “famine” or “bloodshed”.

Often when I spoke about Somalia, people wanted to change the subject.