Sunday, February 19, 2012

Agreement at National Constitutional Conference for Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the political agreement reached by Somalis at a national constitutional conference, saying the accord "sets out clear steps for ending the transition and putting in place a constitutional order" in the war-scarred, impoverished country.  In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the stakeholders who took part in the so-called Garowe II conference, which wrapped up on Friday, deserved credit for reaching the agreement.  "The Secretary-General applauds the spirit of unity and commitment demonstrated by the Roadmap signatories as well as representatives from the areas recently recovered from Al-Shabaab who participated," the statement noted.

Senior members of Somalia's Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs), parliamentary leaders and representatives of self-declared autonomous regions within Somalia all took part in the conference, which was held in Garowe, Puntland.  Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, also participated in the conference, which took place less than a week before the international community gathers in London for a major conference on the way forward for Somalia.

The TFIs are in the process of implementing a roadmap devised in September last year. That roadmap spells out priority measures to be carried out before the current transitional governing arrangements end in August.

Mr. Ban said in today's statement that he particularly welcomed the commitment to include a minimum of 30 per cent women in the Independent Electoral Commission, the Constituent Assembly and the new Federal Parliament. 

(Adapted from a UN Press Release)

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Garowe Agreement of 15-17 February, 2012

We register an appreciation for the outcome of the 2nd Conference held in Garowe, which was instrumental for bringing the transitional period to an end and creating a new federal system of government. We also cordially welcome the inclusion of minimum of 30% as women quota in the parliament and the constituent assembly as well as the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).
However, the following points still need to be agreed upon and clearly enshrined in the new constitution in the review of GAROWE PLUS to be held in the near future:
• 30% quota for women in the public service including government officials on missions abroad (diplomats).
• 30% quota for women in the Upper house to be included in the affirmative action.
• Entrenchment of affirmative action principles in the new constitution. This will provide the legal framework for its implementation.

By Ms Dahabo Omar Mohamed,
Private Consultant and Gender expert for Somalia.

Date, 22nd Feb. 2012,
Tel. +254720732655.

Posted by: Ms Dahabo Omar Mohamed | Feb 22, 2012 5:18:17 AM

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