Somalia – visit to laboratory
James Swan, Special Representative and Head of UNSOM, on 29 June visited Somalia’s National Public Health Reference Laboratory (NPHRL), which has a leading role in the diagnostic testing that forms part of the country’s response to the pandemic. From 7 April to 23 June, the NPHRL tested 6,572 samples for COVID-19. “We are very impressed with what you have been able to accomplish here and we are honoured to be your partners. The work that you are doing on testing here is absolutely critical to the COVID response,” Mr. Swan said.
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Plus, read more here about the response of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) to the pandemic.
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DiCarlo “Cooperation is not a zero-sum game”
Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo on 29 June briefed the Security Council on issues related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). “Cooperation is not a zero-sum game,” she said. “It is the key to a successful collective effort to reduce poverty and increase growth, thus delivering on the development potential of the region. We firmly hope that Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will persevere with efforts to achieve an agreement on the GERD that is beneficial to all,” the Under-Secretary-General concluded.
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Iran nuclear agreement still best way to ensure peace
The following day, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo briefed the Security Council on the implementation of resolution 2231, related to the Iran nuclear agreement. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), endorsed by resolution 2231, is a significant achievement of multilateral diplomacy and dialogue. It remains crucial to the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and to regional and international security,” Ms. DiCarlo said. “Notwithstanding current challenges, JCPOA remains best way to ensure exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. Its full implementation, and faithful adherence to resolution 2231, is also fundamental to regional stability,” she said in a tweet following the briefing.
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Annual talks between the UN and NATO
Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo participated in the annual talks between the UN and NATO on 29 June. This year’s talks had a strong focus on the fight against COVID-19. ”We fully agree on the need to support local communities, bolstering resilience and capacities to respond to this scourge,” Ms. DiCarlo tweeted after the meeting.
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New Deputy Special Representative appointed
Secretary-General António Guterres on 2 July announced the appointment of Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano of Germany as his new Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and Resident Coordinator. Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator. She succeeds Marta Ruedas of Spain, who retired from the United Nations in May.
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Meeting with President Hadi
Special Envoy Martin Griffiths met with Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on 30 June. “Very appreciative of his consistent support. We discussed the draft Joint Declaration on a ceasefire across Yemen, economic and humanitarian measurers and resumption of the political process,” the Special Envoy said after the meeting.
60th anniversary of Somalia’s independence
For the 60th anniversary of Somalia’s independence on 1 July, UNSOM issued a video message on Twitter. In the video, Special Representative James Swan salutes the courage, resilience and national pride of Somalis over the past six decades and assures that the UN will remain at their side to provide support as their country progresses.