An international donor conference for Somalia has opened in Danish capital Copenhagen (PHOTOS)
The two-day High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) co-chaired by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the United Nations is aimed to maintain momentum in the political transition process and foster dialogue and reconciliation in Somalia.
The conference brought together Somali federal government and regional representatives, civil society and the international community representative.
“The HLPF will be a critical opportunity to review progress and chart the way ahead for the implementation of the New Deal Somali Compact,” said UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Somalia Nicholas Kay.
“Much has been achieved, particularly through the concerted and joint efforts of the federal government. But significant challenges remain,” he added.
Danish Ambassador Geert Aagaard Andersen, European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Alex Rondos, EU Special Envoy to Somalia Michele Cervone d’Urso, Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli, Swedish Ambassador Mikael Lindvall and British Ambassador Neil Wigan are also attending the meeting.
The United States which was earlier invited to the conference has cancelled its participation over recent political tension between the President and the Prime Minister.