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Nicholas Kay

Nicholas Kay

The international community has been urged by the top UN envoy to Somalia to maintain its focus on the country as it works towards holding its first national elections in 2016.

Ambassador Nicholas Kay, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was at UN headquarters in New York to brief the Security Council on the situation in the country.

He said that UNSOM continues to require the attention of the global community.

“I am very conscious that there are competing crises across the world but I believe it’s very important the international community continues to give Somalia its political attention, high level meetings, high level visits and messaging to the people of Somalia to reassure them that they are on the right path, messages of encouragement to the federal government and messages of dissuasion to those who seek to block the political progress in the country.”

Ambassador Kay said Somalia is very poor and has enormous funding needs.

At least one million people in the country are receiving food assistance from the United Nations everyday.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.