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  • Somalia: WFP air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 famine-stricken Somalis
    21 april 2017 20:40:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days. Full text...

  • US: Diseases, sexual violence threaten Somalis, South Sudanese escaping famine – UN
    19 april 2017 06:13:18
    New York, US (PANA) – Millions of people are facing the peril of famine in Somalia and South Sudan, and the situation is expected to worsen as the drought and violence fuelling the crises widen, cautioned senior United Nations officials who have just returned from the area. Full text...

  • Somali: CAF President wrap-up 2-day visit to Somalia
    18 april 2017 15:25:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has wrapped up his two-day working visit to Somalia with a declaration that his choice of the 'Horn of Africa' for his maiden official visit was a step in the right direction. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN, global partners commend creation of Somalia National Security Council
    18 april 2017 06:39:13
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations and other members of the international community on Monday commended Somalia’s Federal Government and the Federal Member States for agreeing to form a National Security Council, as well as decisions taken on priorities such as fighting corruption and drought response. Full text...

  • Somalia: Currency reform underway to help Somalia strengthen governance
    12 april 2017 08:33:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As part of a wider Somali reform initiative, the Central Bank of Somalia and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) are preparing to reissue new Somali shilling banknotes, for the first time in 26 years, to combat the existing massive counterfeiting in the country, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has disclosed. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns increased attacks against civilians in Somalia
    11 april 2017 16:52:49
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, on Tuesday strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist incidents that have caused carnage among Somali communities. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns Palm Sunday terror bombings in Egypt, Somalia
    10 april 2017 16:00:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has deplored the rising cases of extremism in Northern and Eastern Africa, following the triple bombings in Egypt, Somalia and Mali, which claimed dozens of lives, leading to a further escalation of regional insecurity.Full text...

  • US: UN agency cautions ships on passage through Somalia waters
    05 april 2017 09:32:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting that recent attacks on commercial ships off the coast of Somalia highlight the continued threat of piracy, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has urged ships to follow advice of navies and that of the International Maritime Organization while planning passage through the region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EC adopts conclusions on Somalia ahead of London conference
    03 april 2017 10:30:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new partnership agreement between Somalia and the international community is essential if there is to be real progress in delivering on the main security, political and development priorities over the next four years, the European Council concluded in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: Approval of Somalia’s new cabinet a ‘green light for action,’ says UN envoy
    01 april 2017 07:17:21
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the Somali Federal Parliament’s approval of a new cabinet and expressed hope that the new Government will be able to address the challenges confronting the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Somalia: UNICEF says malnutrition, disease rise sharply among Somali children
    31 march 2017 07:06:45
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea – a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD Summit approves master plan on Somali refugee assistance
    25 march 2017 20:02:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African leaders have agreed on a comprehensive refugee assistance plan and called on world leaders to act urgently to stop a looming famine in Somalia, which is struggling to return to political normalcy after 26 years of civil conflict, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD ministers discuss Somali refugee resettlement amid looming famine
    24 march 2017 14:57:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers from the East African region met in Nairobi Friday to begin talks on the planned resettlement of Somali refugees ahead of a regional Summit of the heads of state of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) due in the Kenyan capital on Saturday.Full text...

  • UN: Somalia passing through a moment of hope - UN envoy
    23 march 2017 20:19:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting that Somalia faces a number of "daunting difficulties" after decades of conflict, the UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Michael Keating on Thursday highlighted that there is also a new momentum in the country for fresh political engagement among its people with the recent electoral process. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, partners consider exit strategy for peacekeeping force in Somalia
    23 march 2017 19:56:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An exit strategy and transition plan for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with a clear roadmap should be put in place for the Somali security forces to assume their primary responsibility, a high-level consultation on the future of the AU peacekeeping force agreed on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: CERF loan facilitates scaling up of FAO’s response in Somalia
    21 march 2017 16:19:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is further scaling up its activities in drought affected regions of Somalia thanks to a US$22 million loan approved this week by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which complements the loans already provided by FAO's Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities.Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi to host Special IGAD Summit for Somali refugees
    20 march 2017 14:46:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A special summit of Heads of State and Government will be convened on Saturday, 25 March, 2017, in Nairobi, bringing together member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other stakeholders, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mahamat calls for greater solidarity in addressing humanitarian crisis in Somalia
    18 march 2017 20:22:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has travelled to Mogadishu, Somalia, on his first official visit, four days after taking up his new position as the chief executive of the Commission. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign in Somali targets 450,000 people
    16 march 2017 13:46:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The Government of Somalia on Thursday launched an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), targeting over 450,000 people in seven high-risk areas around the country. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns latest bomb blasts in Mogadishu
    13 march 2017 19:47:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating has condemned in the strongest possible terms Monday morning’s bomb blasts at two locations in Mogadishu that reportedly killed a number of civilians. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia: OIC expresses concern about Somalia drought
    09 march 2017 10:25:00
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (PANA) – The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has called on its members, the international community and humanitarian agencies to make more efforts to relieve the suffering of victims of a serious drought in Somalia, by raising the level of emergency aid for them. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres appeals for global support to avert famine in Somalia
    07 march 2017 15:00:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday in Mogadishu, Somalia, urged international support to avert a famine in the drought-hit Horn of Africa country and curb the spread of cholera, as well as facilitate economic development. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN Secretary General Guterres arrives in Somalia
    07 march 2017 11:56:57
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday and immediately held a meeting with the new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed, according to the local media. Full text...

  • Somalia: World must ‘act fast,’ scale up life-saving assistance in Somalia – UN
    07 march 2017 06:03:22
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As a severe drought deepens in Somalia, the risk of famine is looming in the long-troubled country, with about half the population in need of some form of assistance, according to an assessment by United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners. Full text...

  • UN: IOM launches US24.6 million appeal for drought-hit Somalia
    04 march 2017 05:11:45
    New York, US (PANA) - To meet the emergency needs of over a million Somalis affected by drought, the UN International Migration Organization (IOM) has appealed to international donors for US$24.6 million in funding. Full text...

  • Somalia: Drought threatens 1.5 million Somalis - says WHO
    27 february 2017 22:57:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Less than half of the people in Somalia have access to basic health services, the United Nations health agency on Monday said, announcing that it is scaling up its response in the country amid a severe drought and worsening food crisis. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM introduces drought resistant potato in Somalia
    24 february 2017 13:58:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a bid to mitigate the impact of persistent drought, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with Rural Education and Agriculture Development Organization (READO), a local non-governmental organization, is introducing a drought resistant variant of sweet potatoes in Somalia.Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia inaugurates new President in historic power transition
    22 february 2017 15:14:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia inaugurated its ninth President in a historic transition on Wednesday, setting a new pace for the fledgling government which has been fighting extremists to restore peace and stability in a country affected by years of civil conflict.Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    21 february 2017 07:55:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning the latest deadly terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations Security Council on Monday reiterated that its determination to support peace, security and development in the long-troubled country would not be swayed by this, or any other such attack. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN special representative in Somalia condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    20 february 2017 10:59:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, has strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attack at a marketplace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies urge scale-up humanitarian support for Somalia
    17 february 2017 15:45:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the worsening of an already devastating drought in Somalia, UN agencies have stressed that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges sustained democratic governance in Somalia
    10 february 2017 21:55:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, including the recently concluded elections in the country, the UN Security Council has stressed the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance in the African nation. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Somaliland, Ethiopia focus on infrastructure development
    10 february 2017 16:46:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said his government will work with Somaliland administration, a neighbouring autonomous region of Somalia, on infrastructure development for mutual benefit. Full text...

  • Somalia: International partners congratulate Somalia's new president
    09 february 2017 16:45:11
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States have jointly welcomed the conclusion of Wednesday's presidential vote and extended their "sincerest congratulations to Somalia’s new Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his victory." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 11:31:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and commended former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his service to the nation and for gracefully accepting Wednesday's election outcome. Full text...

  • US: IMF commends Somalia for progress in rebuilding war-shattered economy
    09 february 2017 11:16:26
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - Commending the authorities in Somalia for the significant progress made in rebuilding the economy and restoring key economic and financial institutions in a difficult political and security environment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday emphasised that strong policy implementation is necessary to address the challenges ahead in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN mission pledges support for new President
    09 february 2017 07:42:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Congratulating former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his election as Somalia’s new President, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) has said the UN and the wider international community are ready to assist him in addressing the myriad challenges that await his Government. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Somalia on conclusion of electoral process
    08 february 2017 20:17:22
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Wednesday congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police expose Kenya-Somalia cross-border terror cell
    08 february 2017 19:20:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya have exposed a cross-border terrorist cell comprising seven suspects who, it said, carried out recent terror attacks on a hotel and a lodge in the northeastern town of Mandera as well as attacks on a police camp in the region. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali diplomat Mohamed Farmajo wins Presidential election
    08 february 2017 18:57:16
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Newly-elected Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia was sworn in late Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu.Full text...

  • Somalia: First round of Somalia presidential poll produces no winner
    08 february 2017 17:40:33
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia's Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emerged as the front-runner in the first round of the presidential voting by members of the Federal Parliament on Wednesday but fell far short of the required two-thirds majority to win outright, forcing a second round of balloting among the top four recipients of the ballots cast. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges more funding to stave off famine in Somalia
    02 february 2017 19:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, on Thursday warned that without a massive and urgent scale up of funding and humanitarian assistance in the coming weeks, famine could soon be a reality in some of the worst drought-affected areas in the country. Full text...

  • US: Stage ‘gradually being set’ for Somalia to move to new phase in sustaining peace – Envoy
    28 january 2017 12:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council in New York on the situation in Somalia, the United Nations envoy for the country noted on Friday that the recently concluded election was a “mirror” to Somalis, showing them the good and the bad regarding how power is exercised, relations between elders, clan power brokers, politicians, business, ordinary citizens, women and men. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalists among wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack
    26 january 2017 18:39:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - At least four journalists were wounded in Wednesday attack on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    25 january 2017 18:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the coordinated suicide bombing attack on Wednesday at a hotel in Mogadishu for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and which reportedly killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks funding for its overburdened mission in Somalia
    23 january 2017 17:47:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Funding challenges facing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU to call for a high level meeting, involving the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), in order to explore modalities for addressing the problem.Full text...

  • UN: UN wants US$864 million for humanitarian needs in Somalia
    17 january 2017 15:18:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its humanitarian partners on Tuesday launched a US$864 million appeal to reach 3.9 million Somalis with urgent life-saving assistance. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia's int'l partners concerned over dispute in Galmudug region
    13 january 2017 15:12:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - International partners supporting Somalia's transition to democratic governance have expressed concern about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says 1 million displaced Somali refugees stranded
    10 january 2017 18:40:38
    New York, US (PANA) - More than one million Somali refugees who have been displaced from their homes for decades are becoming despondent as they continue to be unable to return home and donor support is growing fatigued, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Somalia: UNSOM welcomes Puntland, Galmudug leaders' commitment to peace in Gaalkacyo
    02 january 2017 18:02:50
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has welcomed the renewed commitments reached Monday by regional Presidents Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” of Puntland and Abdikarim Hussein Guled of Galmudug state to build peace and confidence in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo. Full text...

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