Somalia:Mr. Peter DeClerq and Benadir mayor discussed humanitarian issues
Mogadishu 02 July 2018 The Mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Benadir Region H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng Yarisow) held a special meeting with Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary‑General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mr. Peter DeClerq and discussed on wide range of issues facing the region including security, economic and humanitarian situation. With over 500,000 person displaced in Benadir and growth of urban poor.
H.E. Mayor Yarisow expressed the urgent need for harmonizing services and scaling up development and investment programs in Benadir Region to improve conditions for vulnerable groups.
The Mayor highlighted the importance of enhancing collaboration with UN agencies to improve development programs, aid delivery and effectiveness. Mayor shared the recent launch of IDP policy as historic step for the region which will guide the region’s strategic vision on ending displacement by 2022. Concerns regarding forced evictions and land tenure issues which have been long standing protection challenges were discussed.
Mayor Yarisow expressed his deep concern and said the establishment of evictions committee to prevent forced evictions and improve protection is imminent.
Mr. DeClerq affirmed his support for the region and agreed to strengthen the nexus between development, humanitarian, peace and security.
Mayor Yarisow discussed the establishment of a Mayoral Committee to address these pressing issues facing IDPs and the urban poor. Mr. DeClerq expressed his interest participate in the committee. Both parties have agreed to engage in continuous dialogue to improve lives for all residents in the region.