UNSOM marks first anniversary in Somalia

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Adama, 3 June 2014 (WIC) - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia has today commended the steps the country is taking towards achieving peace, security and development.

According to a press release AMISOM sent to WIC, this comes as the mission marks its first anniversary after its launch on 3 June 2013.

The mission has since worked with and supported the Federal Government of Somalia in peace and state building efforts, particularly in the areas of rule of law and security sector, human rights and coordination of international assistance.

Speaking during a photo exhibition held in the capital Mogadishu to showcase the strides Somalia has taken so far, the Special Representative of the Secretary- General to Somalia Nicholas Kay pledged the UN’s continued support and called on Somalis to unite for progress.

“When I can see pictures of children going to school, of students graduating, of markets booming and increasing numbers of women playing a full and active role in public life, then am very hopeful of Somalia’s future,” he said.

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, applauded the role played by the United Nations in supporting Somalia’s recovery after decades of conflict.

“Aristotle once said the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but the inward significance. Today these pictures on this wall indicate the inwards significance of our state building effort in collaboration with the United Nations and other international partners. The power of the pictures cannot be underestimated in the Somali environment. It is the capture of the recent past, which we all appreciate and admire. Art like the wonderful photos you saw today offers a constructive means of expression for individuals and communities. It represents our efforts our achievements and our lust for peace and stability,” he said.