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Acting UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan visited the South West State as part of his first round of in-person engagements with Federal Member States’ leaders. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SOUTH WEST HUMANITARIAN SECURITY
TRT: 04:32
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNSOM ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 06 JULY 2024, BAIDOA, SOMALIA

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1. Wide shot, Acting UN Special Representative boarding plane, Mogadishu
2. Aerial shot, view from plane
3. Med shot, Acting UN Special Representative for Somalia on board flight to Baidoa
4. Various shots, UN delegation arrival, Baidoa Airport
5. Various shots, UN convoy, State House, Baidoa
6. Close up, Somalia and South West State flags
7. Various shots, Acting UN Special Representative for Somalia, senior government officials, President of South West State President, State House
8. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Acting Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“I am pleased to be back in Baidoa, South West State. I thank President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen’ and his team for warmly welcoming me and my colleagues today. The President and I discussed a range of issues related to state-building, security and the humanitarian and development situation faced by Somalia and the South West State. I commend President Abdiaziz's commitment to advancing state-building as well as to fight Al-Shabaab in the South West State. The United Nations is committed to supporting the government's efforts to promote peace, stability, and development across Somalia.”
9. Med shot, officials during meeting, State House
10. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Acting Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“The UN in Somalia is pleased with the effective partnership with the South West State in advancing police development and enhancing women’s participation in the security system through collaborative efforts in the Joint Police Programme.”
11. Close up, South West State President during meeting, State House
12. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Acting Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“The UN family and humanitarian partners are also working hand to hand with the South West State to address urgent humanitarian needs of populations affected by climate change and conflict.”
13. Med shot, officials during meeting, State House
14. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Acting Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“In our meeting today, the President and I also discussed issues of national importance, including the constitutional review and plans for elections. We acknowledge that President Abdiaziz has played a constructive role in these processes.”
15. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen’, President, South West State:
“We’ve talked about the humanitarian situation in Baidoa and how it can be solved. We have also discussed the recurring humanitarian crisis and also talked about the security situation and the fight against Al-Shabaab and how the fight can be sustained and also talked about the drawdown of ATMIS troops. Our discussions also touched on the political situation in Somalia and the achievements we have made so far and how to unify the country.”
16. Wide shot, officials during meeting, State House
17. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Acting Special Representative for Somalia, United Nations:
“Let me conclude by reiterating the UN’s commitment to support South West State in its state- and peace-building priorities and in its response to humanitarian needs and building development for its people.”
18. Various shots, Acting UN Special Representative for Somalia during meeting with UN personnel
20. Wide shot, Acting UN Special Representative for Somalia departing

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Acting UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan visited on Saturday (6 Jul) the South West State as part of his first round of in-person engagements with Federal Member States’ leaders.

“I am pleased to be back in Baidoa, South West State. I thank President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen’ and his team for warmly welcoming me and my colleagues today,” said Swan at a joint press conference after concluding meetings with the President and members of his Cabinet.

The meetings focused on a wide range of key topics related to security and state-building in Somalia and the South West State.

“I commend President Abdiaziz's commitment to advancing state-building as well as to fight Al-Shabaab in the South West State. The United Nations is committed to supporting the government's efforts to promote peace, stability, and development across Somalia,” noted Swan.

Among the national priorities discussed were issues related to the constitutional review and plans for elections.

“We acknowledge that President Abdiaziz has played a constructive role in these processes,” said Swan.

In his remarks, the Acting UN Special Representative also highlighted the effective partnership between the UN in Somalia and the South West State in advancing police development as well as women’s participation in the security system, through collaborative efforts in the Joint Police Programme.

Despite significant resources in agriculture, livestock, and fishery, South West State was historically the epicenter of several episodes of severe food shortages.

In recent months, climate change and insecurity led to increased food insecurity and prompted larger numbers of people to flee towards urban centers such as Baidoa, looking for livelihood opportunities.

Current statistics show that more than 950,000 people in the Federal Member State’s Bay, Bakool, and Lower Shabelle regions experience high levels of acute food insecurity, and almost 370,000 children face global acute malnutrition.

“The UN family and humanitarian partners are also working hand to hand with the South West State to address urgent humanitarian needs of populations,” said Acting UN Special Representative Swan.

UN agencies, funds, and programmes present in the South West State provide support to communities and internally displaced people through a wide array of interventions including food assistance, health and education services, and reintegration activities.

Swan was accompanied by Wafaa Saeed, the Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); René Nijenhuis, the Deputy Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); and Felicia Mandy Owusu, the Deputy Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

“Our presence together here in South West State is a testimony of the steadfast, collective support of the UN system to the government and people of South West State,” he added.

The Acting UN Special Representative thanked President ‘Laftagareen’ and his government for their strong collaboration.

“Let me conclude by reiterating the UN’s commitment to support South West State in its state- and peace-building priorities and in its response to humanitarian needs and building development for its people,” noted Swan.

The top UN official previously visited Somalia’s Jubaland and Galmudug states.

James Swan was appointed to his current position by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 14 May 2024.

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