Statement from the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator on the occasion of his first official visit to Somaliland


Press Statement 16 July 2013, HargeisaPhilipe Lazzarini

Somalilandsun – “A key priority for the United Nations to better respond to local needs is enhancing collaboration with Somaliland authorities,” United Nations Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini said during his first official visit to Somaliland today.

Lazzarini will meet with His Excellency President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo and the Ministers of Planning and National Development, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and International Investments and Interior. He will also have discussions with civil society, humanitarian actors and UN personnel.

On his arrival in Hargeisa, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator commended the contribution of the people of Somaliland to maintaining stability and ensuring sustainable development for all – women and men.

“Somaliland is an inspiring example of peace and stability in the region. The United Nations is committed to working with authorities, civil society and communities to build on this progress,” he said.

“I understand that the situation of Somaliland is unique and has its own specific development needs. I am looking forward to discussing with His Excellency President Silanyo and other senior government officials on how we can strengthen collaboration to more efficiently fulfill people’s rights. It is also of high importance for the UN that all programmes and activities are in line with development priorities as outlined by the government – it is essential that these priorities are supported by the international community.”

The UN will continue to work closely with the international community to support authorities to strengthen economic development, increase employment opportunities and ensure humanitarian needs in Somaliland are met.


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