Brussels to host Somalia partnership conference

Brussels will play host to a two-day conference bringing together donors, humanitarian and development actors, to deliberate on issues that will catapult Somalia to peace, security, growth and development and sustainability.

A member of the Somali armed forces carries her ammunition during fighting in 2017 between the military and police backed by intelligence forces in Mogadishu. (CNS photo/Feisal Omar, Reuters) See SOMALIA-BISHOP-ISLAMIC-STATE Feb. 15, 2018.

The conference slated for 16-17 July, will deliberate on Somalia’s economic recovery, durable solutions for refugees and IDPs, the recovery and resilience framework and the role of women in peace, and security.

This conference is a follow up meeting of the Somalia partnership forum hosted in Mogadishu, Somalia on the 5th of December 2017 where representatives from 25 countries and 6 multilateral organizations, as well as representatives from all of Somalia’s Federal Member States and the Benadir Regional administration attended.

“The Somalia NGO Consortium and its members anticipate that the upcoming Brussels conference will uphold the promises and pledges made during the London Conference on Somalia in May 2017 and the Somalia Partnership Forum held in Mogadishu in December 2017,” the Somalia NGO Consortium said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Sunday.

A record 2.6 million people are displaced in Somalia.

75 percent of IDPs in Somalia are in urban centers, with the vast majority being youth and women.

Women and children continue to be amongst the most vulnerable victims in conflict situations, and they are also often the ones that trigger peace mechanisms.

The situation in Somalia is among the most complex and longstanding emergencies.

While large scale famine has been averted in 2017, the humanitarian impact of natural disasters such as drought, floods and more recently cyclones have been devastating.

The humanitarian situation remains challenging in 2018 with more than 5.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

Security in some parts of Somalia is still in a delicate state even as violence by non-state armed groups, sporadic internal clashes and conflicts persist.

This has inherently led to several spates of violence that has led to displacements of communities in search of safe spaces.