Press releases
  • Donor partners hand over new office spaces to Jubbaland Civil Service Commission Jul 17, 2017

    Delegates from the European Union (EU), Sweden and Switzerland visited Kismayo, Jubbaland, last week as part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) facilitated donor tour. Jubbaland is newly established state, formed as a result of Somalia’s provisional 2012 constitution which called for the creation of Federal member states as a path towards peace after decades of civil war. As it is newly formed it lacks civil service infrastructure such as offices and equipment which would allow administrative staff to operate effectively. The delegates officially handed over new office space supported by European funding to the Jubbaland Civil Service Commission, which were rehabilitated for the Commission’s use by UNDP’s Support for Emerging Federal States Project (StEFS).

  • New unified curriculum for judiciary launched across Somalia Jul 16, 2017

    A new training curriculum for the Somali judiciary was launched on Sunday by the Federal Government of Somalia, with the Minister of Justice H.E. Hassan Hussein Haji, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Hasan Ibrahim Idle Suleiman, and the Attorney General, Ahmed Ali Dahir, in attendance. The training course will be rolled out in Mogadishu as well as in Jubbaland, Southwest State, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, and Puntland, and will be run in collaboration with the Faculty of Law at Mogadishu University. Over three hundred and fifty judges, prosecutors and registrars will be trained as part of the programme in 2017.

  • Somalia’s South West State launches Local Government Law Jul 14, 2017

    BAIDOA, 14 July 2017 – On Tuesday authorities from South West State, one of Somalia’s Federal Member States, officially launched the Local Government Law and kicked off the district council formation process in the state. The Federal Government of Somalia, with support from the United Nations (UN) Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), and the European Union (EU), is working to create strong, organized and representative district councils, as part of its efforts to improve effectiveness and openness in local governance. The launch of the law on local government and commencement of the district council formation process means that these efforts can now officially move forward in the State.

  • Crucial step to ‘one person, one vote’, Somalia discusses registration of political parties Jul 11, 2017

    International experts are this week meeting for a three-day conference in Nairobi, in preparation for ‘one person, one vote’ elections in Somalia in 2020–2021. The conference brings delegates from Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Jordan, Yemen, Tunis, Nigeria, and Kenya together with Somalia’s Electoral Commission members, to discuss political party registration as a critical first step on the path to universal elections.

  • Puntland commits to increase budget for local government Jul 10, 2017

    At a meeting in Garowe attended by the Puntland Vice President, district mayors, local government staff, and senior management of five UN agencies, the Puntland state government have committed to increase the budget allocated to local governance.

  • Somali Government commits to reconcile and unify Jun 13, 2017

    The Federal Government of Somalia has reiterated its commitment to unify the country to achieve lasting peace and stability. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Reconciliation Conference in Mogadishu on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed Guled said Somalia needs political and religious reconciliation, which has remained elusive because of conflict.

  • US$13m by EU to help IDP return home May 29, 2017

    A new $13 million EU funded UN project, launched at the end of May, aims to support the reintegration of internally displaced people in the Banadir region of Somalia, by improving access to housing and land rights, generating employment and promoting better political and social inclusion.

  • South Central States seek charcoal reduction May 24, 2017

    Somalia will continue to work on reducing the trade and domestic use of charcoal, which severely damages the environment, by expanding alternative livelihoods opportunities in Jubaland and the South Central States, followed by Jowhar and Lower Shabell, between July and December 2017. To support these efforts, the United Nations Joint Programme on Sustainable Charcoal Reduction and Alternative Livelihoods (PROSCAL) moves to a new phase.

  • 45 law students graduate in Puntland May 24, 2017

    Supported by the United Nations Joint Rule of Law programme, 45 scholarship recipients, including 15 women, this year graduated with a Bachelor in Law from the Faculty of Law of Puntland State University. Launched in 2008, the Puntland State University scholarship programme aims to increase the number of qualified lawyers, prosecutors and judges to strengthen the capacity and service delivery of justice institutions.

  • Handover of equipment for 24 police stations in Somalia May 24, 2017

    With funding from the Government of Japan, the United Nations Joint Rule of Law Programme today handed over to the Somali Police and the Ministry of Internal Security essential equipment such as vehicles, furniture and solar power for 24 police stations, amounting to US$ 2.4 million. This will enhance the Somali Police’s operational capacity and efficiency in responding to security threats in Banadir region and member states.

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