UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peace-building Support visits Somalia
Addis Ababa, 7 May 2014 (WIC) - The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peace-building Support, Judy Cheng-Hopkins, arrived in Mogadishu on Sunday (May 4) for a five-day visit to Somalia.
On Monday she met with Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, the Ministers of Interior and Federalism, and of Finance and the Speaker of Parliament.
Cheng-Hopkins said the Peace-building Fund was able to respond and assist the Federal Government “in a timely, flexible and pragmatic way to sustain momentum of its state- and peace-building efforts under the Somalia New Deal Compact.”
In March, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, said that the Fund had allocated US$3 million to support stabilization efforts in the newly recovered areas in south central Somalia.
The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and Federalism is currently finalizing the first project for these funds.
Cheng-Hopkins aid “We should invest in the people of Somalia as much as in the state,” adding that the Fund is designed to help especially women, children, youth, disadvantaged groups, minorities and those who bore the brunt of the protracted conflict.”
The UN Secretary-General declared Somalia eligible for access to the Peace-building Fund last December.
The Fund was set up in 2006 following a request from the General Assembly and the Security Council to support peace-building efforts in countries emerging from conflict or political crisis.
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