The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, James Swan, congratulates the people and government of Somalia on the 59th anniversary of their country’s independence.
“Hambalyo! This is a great day for all Somalis, here and around the world. Despite the many challenges they continue to face, this is a day for Somalis to take pride in the progress that is being made,” said Mr. Swan. “This celebration comes at a moment of opportunity that offers hope for a more peaceful and prosperous future.
“The United Nations and international partners are working closely with Somalia’s people and leaders to help achieve progress on security, economic development, good governance, inclusivity, and response to humanitarian needs. The United Nations marks this anniversary by recommitting itself to solidarity with all Somalis in the months and years to come.”