The Governments of the UK and Somalia will co-host an international conference on Somalia on 7 May in the UK. The conference aims to provide international support for the Government of Somalia as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict. The UK and Somalia are inviting over 50 partner countries and organisations, including the UN, African Union, IMF and Somalia’s friends and neighbours around the world.
Somalia is emerging from more than two decades of conflict. Last year, Somalis in Somalia chose a new more legitimate parliament and Government. The Government has set out an ambitious plan, the Six Pillar Policy, for rebuilding the country. Security has also improved. Somali armed forces and AMISOM, with the help of their Ethiopian allies, have recovered towns and routes from Al Shabaab control. The diaspora are returning. The economy is starting to revive.
Last year, the international community supported the end of transition through conferences held in London on February and in Istanbul on June. This year, the new Government needs support if it is to bring about real change for the people of Somalia, and end the threats of terrorism and piracy, as well as the scourge of famine. The UK and Somalia will therefore co-host a Conference in London on 7 May to provide international support for the Federal Government’s plans.
The principal objectives of the Conference are for the Somali Government to share its plans for developing the country’s armed forces, police, justice sector and public financial management systems. It will be also an important opportunity for the international community to agree how it will support the implementation of these plans as well as for the Somali government to outline how it intends to resolve the outstanding political issues within Somalia.
In addition, it is expected that the Conference endorses the UN Security Council Resolution 2093 extending AMISOM’s mandate, and reiterate their support for the work of the African Union mission as well as endorsing a UN Security Council Resolution mandating a new UN mission for Somalia, and reiterate their support for the work of the UN in Somalia.
The Somalia Conference will be one of a sequence of events in 2013 that will support Somalia, including the G8 meetings, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in early June and an EU-hosted conference in September on the New Deal for fragile states.
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