UN: New Somali govt tasked on 'Vision 2016' agenda

New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners have urged the new Somali government to move quickly to deliver on its "Vision 2016" agenda, following the approval of a cabinet that includes enhanced participation of women ministers.

"The participation of women, youth and minority groups and the commitment to work in an accountable way will remain vital as we move forward," a statement issued by the UN, African Union (AU), European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Kingdom and the US said Wednesday, after the cabinet was approved on Tuesday by Somalia’s parliament.

"2015 is a critical year to ensure continued success on the road to sustained security and stability in Somalia and to improve the lives of ordinary Somalis," the statement said.

It also condemned the murder on Monday of a Member of Parliament, Abdullahi Qayad Barre, who was killed by armed men in Mogadishu while on his way to Parliament.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the new cabinet and stressed the need for the Federal Government to accelerate delivery of the milestones of its Vision 2016.

The 15 members of the Security Council underlined the importance of the new political leadership in Somalia quickly delivering in priority areas, including the passage of key legislation to establish the National Independent Electoral Commission, progress towards the establishment and strengthening of interim regional administrations

Others are the stabilization of areas recovered from Al Shabaab, and resuming the implementation and review of the Provisional Constitution, "without further delay." The Council also welcomed the enhanced participation of women in the new government.
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12 february 2015 00:57:10

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