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  • Somalia: AfDB briefs donors on new strategy for Somalia
    24 july 2017 13:05:50
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Briefing donors on its new Country Brief (CB) for Somalia and the status of the Multi-Partner Somalia Infrastructure Fund (SIF), Gabriel Negatu, Director General of the Bank’s Eastern Africa Regional Centre, says the bank intends to enhance its work in Somalia over the past few years and support Somalia’s National Development Plan 2017-2019 by directly supporting the Plan’s goals of developing effective and efficient institutions, restoring strategic infrastructure, and building resilience. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU renews mandate of its mission Somalia
    21 july 2017 20:02:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Friday decided to renew the mandate of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for 12 months, until 31 July 2018, after noting with “serious concern that that Al-Shabaab terrorist group continues to represent a threat to peace, security and stability in Somalia, to the region and, to the wider international community.” Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating underlines vocational training for youth in Somalia
    16 july 2017 08:01:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Celebrating World Youth Skills Day on Saturday, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, reaffirmed the importance of providing vocational training and technical skills to young people in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Somalia: On anniversary of Somalia's independence, senior UN official urges political unity
    02 july 2017 19:00:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Marking the 57th anniversary of Somalia's independence, the top United Nations official in the country has urged all Somalis to seize a moment of opportunity and work towards peace and stability. Full text...

  • Somalia: 'At least 20,000 children at risk of dying in drought-stricken Somalia' - Aid agency
    29 june 2017 10:26:16
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) More than 20,000 children across nine districts in Somalia risk starving to death in a few months unless the international community continues to provide life-saving aid to the drought-stricken country, Save the Children warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Somalia: SRSG Keating congratulates Somalia on end of Ramadan
    25 june 2017 13:32:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Sunday congratulated all Somalis on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns Al-Shabaab attack on popular Mogadishu hotel
    15 june 2017 15:30:16
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Thursday condemned, in the strongest possible terms, Wednesday night’s attack on the Pizza House restaurant and Posh Hotel in Mogadishu that reportedly killed at least 19 people.Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali security forces end deadly siege on cosy restaurant
    15 june 2017 13:23:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has praised the Somali security forces for effectively responding to a deadly attack on a restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu, which left dozens dead early Thursday.Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Donors agree to fill US$ 105 million infrastructure projects funding gap for Somalia
    03 june 2017 08:13:07
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said that a meeting organized for donors and friends of Somalia on the sidelines of the its meetings in India on 25 May, 2017, has started to yield fruits as the stakeholders have now agreed to fill the US$ 105 million infrastructure projects funding gap for Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya: IMF pledges continued technical support to Somalia
    22 may 2017 18:03:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's economic growth is projected to decelerate to about 2.0 percent, and inflation to increase to above 3 percent this year as drought persists in the Horn of Africa, a mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday, encouraging authorities in the country to step up efforts to develop local capacity and institutions.Full text...

  • Somalia: Big influx at nutritional feeding centres for children in Baidoa - ICRC
    19 may 2017 10:44:45
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) – The nutritional feeding centre for malnourished children supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baidoa, Somalia, has more than twice as many young patients this year as one year ago, underscoring the large food needs in the country. Full text...

  • US: Humanitarian crisis in Somalia 'deteriorating' - UN official
    18 may 2017 06:15:05
    New York, US (PAN) - The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is worsening, a senior United Nations official has told the Security Council, calling for more than US$800 million in aid to offset the impact of a severe drought in a country that is already battling insecurity and poverty. Full text...

  • Switzerland: China gives IOM US$1 million for Somalia work
    16 may 2017 11:58:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - William Lacy Swing, Director General of the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) has signed an agreement with China’s Ministry of Commerce for US$1 million of multi-sector assistance, that will support IOM efforts to help internally displaced persons, vulnerable communities and returnees in Somalia. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee agency revises funding appeal for displaced Somalis
    13 may 2017 07:39:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by US$91 million to meet the humanitarian needs of Somali refugees in the region and the people displaced inside the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • UK: AU boss Mahamat drums up global support for Somalia
    12 may 2017 10:27:27
    London, UK (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has underlined the need to redouble international efforts in support of Somalia to allow the administration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, to overcome the many challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta urges London Conference on Somalia to increase Somali troops
    11 may 2017 19:35:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday an upsurge in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the return of the people of Somalia to their homeland to help in reconstruction were key planks in stabilising the Horn of Africa country and putting it on a firm trajectory for growth. Full text...

  • UK: Guterres urges international help for Somalia to rebuild security, avert famine
    11 may 2017 18:22:23
    London, UK (PANA) - Opening a major conference on Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to support security efforts in Somalia and aid the more than six million Somalis affected by violence and a deadly drought. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia
    11 may 2017 10:22:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN health agency says it is concerned about the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of cholera outbreak in drought-hit Somalia as rainy season starts
    05 may 2017 21:42:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Somalia is suffering from the largest cholera outbreak in the past five years and the number of people killed is expected to double by the end of June, the United Nations health agency. Full text...

  • Somalia: Government minister killed in Mogadishu
    04 may 2017 18:04:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The government of Somalia is investigating the killing on Wednesday of its Public Works and Reconstruction minister, who was allegedly shot by another government official's bodyguards. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Somalia government, AUC seek international support to crush Al Shaabab
    04 may 2017 17:09:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Commission (AUC) on Thursday expressed concern that the militant Al Shaabab group remains a serious threat to the Horn of Africa country and the region. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia launches second cholera vaccination campaign in Baidoa
    04 may 2017 10:12:07
    Baidoa, Somalia PANA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health of Somalia have launched the first round of a preventative oral cholera vaccination campaign (OCV) in Baidoa at the Baidoa Regional Hospital, targeting 224 000 persons aged 1 year and older. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Somali President in Ethiopia on official visit
    03 may 2017 16:47:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed of Somalia on Wednesday arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a two-day official visit. Full text...

  • Somalia: Germany donates 70m euros to drought-ravaged Somalia
    03 may 2017 15:33:25
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Germany has donated 70 million euros (US$76 million) to Somalia and plans to at least double its amount of assistance to help scale up humanitarian response to the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa country, it was officially announced in Mogadishu on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges Somalia's new government to protect most vulnerable people
    03 may 2017 09:43:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Somalia’s new government should ensure that the security forces are accountable and improve protection of the most vulnerable people, Human Rights Watch has said in a 10-point report on human rights priorities in the country. Full text...

  • Somalia: 1.4m children to suffer acute malnutrition in Somalia this year - UNICEF
    02 may 2017 18:43:17
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN launches lifesaving vaccination campaign in Somalia
    25 april 2017 17:24:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Almost 30,000 young Somali children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in a United Nations-backed emergency campaign in one of the country’s hardest-hit towns. Full text...

  • 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...

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