Report of the Secretary General on Somalia

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Report Analysis: 
  • The report dedicates a section (p. 14) to women, peace and security. The section details continuing work being done to ensure that at least 30 per cent of seats in the Constituent Assembly and the new Federal Parliament are earmarked for women. Moreover, it details that a cross-section of influential women requested support in setting up a consultative body to ensure that the selection of women candidates would not be compromised. Finally, the revised structure of the Joint Security Committee now includes the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs in its membership and the Office of the Prime Minster announced the appointment of four women to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

  • The Secretary General expresses deep concern about grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, especially against women and children, urging all parties to ensure that protection of civilians is integrated in all military operations. Moreover, he notes, pre-deployment training on human rights, conduct and discipline, gender awareness and sexual exploitation has been issued to officers.

Analysis provided by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

Security Council Agenda Geographical Topic: 
Update on major developments in Somalia between 9 December 2011 and 15 April 2012 and on the implementation of the national road map.