Rector Francisco Rojas Aravena, Director Africa Program Prof Samuel, Juan Carlos and other UPEACE Council members pose for a group at the 34th meeting of the UPEACE Council, which took place on September 30, 2022, in Geneva
30th September 2022. Historic UPEACE Events at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and the 34th UPEACE Council Meeting in Geneva
After United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) in New York and the 34th UPEACE Council meeting in Geneva in September 2022, UEAPCE made history.
UPEACE council members are pleased with recent events in Somalia, including President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s signature on the UPEACE accession instrument. Switzerland hosted the 34th UPEACE Council meeting. The UPEACE Council called the signing “historic.”Somalia emerges from conflict. Another recovery sign, added by Samuel Kale Ewusi, Director the UPEACE African Regional Program. The Director of the Africa Regional Program congratulated President Hassan Sheikh. We’re proud that President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud studied at our UN-mandated University. Dr. Samuel Ewusi congratulated President Hassan on his historic win.In September 2022, Dr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamed signed the accession document. Somalia signed the charter created by U.N. General Assembly Resolution 35/55 of December 5, 1980, which established the University for Peace in Costa Rica with regional programs in Africa (Ethiopia and Somalia), Europe (Netherlands), Asia (China), and South East Asia (Philippines) (Honduras).
UPEACE Rector Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena in Geneva’s Council met on September 30 2022. The meeting discussed the University for Peace while the University was in Geneva for academic events. In recognition of his leadership and contributions during his first two terms, the UPEACE Council re-elected Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena as Rector. Decided council.
UPEACE 34th Council Meeting Session in Geneva held in 30th SeptemberUPEACE and UNHCR signed a peace MOU in Geneva. This agreement emphasizes teaching college students UNHCR’s humanitarian principles. UPEACE will teach UNHCR staff peace education. UNHCR Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Gillian Triggs, said the partnership could inspire future humanitarians. Education changes lives, she said. This MOU shows how universities can help displaced or stateless people. Our collaboration strengthens our global academic interdisciplinary network and the academic community’s commitment to our clients.
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs meets with University of Peace Rector, Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena to sign a Memo of Understanding. © UNHCR/Susan Hopper
While in Geneva, UPEACE presented its White Paper on Africa’s Illicit Trade in Geneva. After this paper, more research will begin. – Irina Bokova, former UNESCO director general and UPEACE council member, opened the White Paper on Illicit Trade in Africa.
Peace requires cooperation. Peace requires political will. Peace requires work. Rector Francisco Rojas Aravena spoke at the White Paper launch.
Photo Rector Francisco Rojas Aravena, UPEACE Council members, and authors at the launch.
UPEACE and Fifty Shades Greener signed an MoU last week in Geneva. Carbon emissions Education creates action-based programs to reduce emissions. Environmental education leaders create action-oriented programs to reduce carbon emissions.
Picture of the signing of an MoU between the UPEACE and Fifty Shades Greener
Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, Somalia’s Country Director, said the MOU would strengthen the University’s peace education programs.
Dr. Mohamed Yusuf: “This is a historic agreement that will benefit the University’s peace programs in Somalia and across the continent.” The University serves Somalia and other African countries for Peace.
The upcoming UPEACE Grand Convocation Ceremony Event in SomaliaIn December 2022, the University will host a historic graduation ceremony. Over 100 students have defended their master’s and doctoral theses and dissertations in the past two and a half years.UPEACE is proud to host the first-ever all-doctoral graduates’ commencement ceremony, including the first-ever sitting Head of State to graduate alongside his diverse students and citizens.
Dr. Mohamed Osman, the University’s Country Representative, said they plan to invite high-level delegates from Costa Rica and Somalia’s leadership, led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. “We’ll invite academics” We plan to invite Costa Rican representatives and Somalia and Horn of Africa partners. “It will be unlike any ceremony you’ve attended,” said Doctor Mohamed. Celebrations will include 130 MAs and 10 PhDs. Adding.
General Garaare of the Somali Police Force, Mohamed Mohamud Mohamed, defended his master’s thesis.
The President of Somalia is defended his doctoral dissertation.
The celebration of His Excellency President Dr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s successful defense of his PhD thesis in Peace, Governance, and Development with Distinction was captured on video and shared with the public while praising Allah for this significant achievement.
“This afternoon, UNPEACE defended my thesis, leading my total award to PhD in Peace, Governance, And Development. As a 30-year veteran of this field, I can confidently say that education can rebuild our nation and its government. We want to make high-quality education easier and reduce school expenses. To protect their constitutional rights, the government must pay for higher education for Somali high school graduates. UPEACE’s faculty and administration are helpful. Thanks, Allah!
President Dr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Defending his Thesis
The President’s defence of his PhD dissertation at UNPEACE caused social media to explode. Many praised the President’s academic achievement globally and locally.
“You’re an example for the young, the elderly, and the entire Somali community,” said Somalia’s Education Minister, Culture and Higher Education, HE. Farah Sh. Abdiqadir.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud defended his dissertation on Somalia’s clan politics.
He talked about improving education and services. Education helped Dr. Mohamud’s country during a civil war. His University was Simad.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud thanked UPEACE Rector Francisco Rojas Aravena, Dean Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Africa Program Director Samuel Kale Ewusi, Somalia Country Representative Mohamed Osman Mohamoud, and Country and Campus Director Dr. Mohamed Yusuf. He said the country’s universities are growing and urged them to collaborate with foreign universities.
On October 12, 1954, UPEACE Somalia commemorates Somalia’s Flag Day.
UPEACE congratulated the Somali people on the 68th anniversary of their flag day, which occurred on October 12, 1954. UPEACE wishes Somalia’s sovereignty to last forever. Dr. Mohamed Osman Mohamoud, UPEACE Country Representative, said UPEACE honours the Somali heroes and heroines. They worked to make Somalia free and independent and raise its flag on their land.UPEACE Somalia opened in late 2018 in Mogadishu. Somali students visited Costa Rica and Ethiopia’s Africa Regional Campus. Seventy-six students graduated.
UPEACE’s Somalia Program called for 6th cohort applications in October 2022. Participating are internationals and Somalis. Interested? Apply. Interested? Apply. Express your interest through this link.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (centre), having a light moment with Dr Juan Carlos, Global Dean of Upeace. With him is Chief of Staff Office of The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Dr. Hussein Sheikh Mohamu. (Photo taken during the UNGA meeting in September where the President signed the Upeace Charter)
SNA kills over 20 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Awdhegle district
The Somali National Army on Sunday, killed more than 20 fighters in a fierce clash that took place in the Awdhegle district of the Lower Shabelle region.
The operation, carried out with precision and determination, not only resulted in the eradication of a considerable number of militants but also led to the recovery of a substantial cache of weapons.
Deputy Minister of Information, Abdirahman Yusuf Al-adala, hailed the l military campaign, highlighting the magnitude of the triumph. He stated, “Our forces have slain over 20 Khawarij fighters, including senior commanders, and have forced them to flee, leaving their fallen comrades behind. We remain steadfast in our commitment to dismantling the terrorist network in this region and throughout our entire country.”
Horrific photographs from the battlefield, depicting the aftermath of the operation near Afgoye district in the same region, have emerged online.
The images vividly portray the grim consequences suffered by the defeated militants, emphasizing the overwhelming superiority of the Somali National Army in combat.
Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant threat to Somalia’s security and stability, constantly striving to undermine the progress made by the government and perpetuate a reign of fear.
The Somali National Army, supported by international partners, has intensified efforts to neutralize Al-Shabaab’s capabilities.
The upcoming second phase of the total war on Al-Shabaab is poised to further weaken the group, targeting its operational infrastructure and leadership.
Security officials launch investigation as inter-clan conflicts plague Galkayo
A young and highly regarded doctor was killed inside his health center in Galkacyo town on Saturday evening.
The assailant, dressed in a security uniform, entered the facility accompanied by two unarmed individuals before opening fire on Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, resulting in his immediate demise.
The incident, captured on CCTV footage, has sent shockwaves through the community and has raised concerns about the escalating tribal revenge killings that have plagued the northern part of Galkacyo town.
According to security officials, the gunmen swiftly fled the scene following the murder, leaving behind a sense of fear and vulnerability among the residents.
Local reports indicate that this targeted killing is connected to ongoing inter-clan conflicts that have marred the region.
The Puntland administration, responsible for maintaining law and order, now faces increased scrutiny for its perceived inability to effectively combat the rising tide of violence, particularly when it puts innocent civilians at risk.
Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, a prominent figure in the medical community, was widely respected for his dedication to providing quality healthcare services to the people of Galkacyo.
His death has left a void in the medical profession, and the community mourns the loss of a compassionate and talented doctor.
The incident has sparked outrage and concern among local residents, who fear that the persistent tribal revenge killings will further destabilize the region and hinder efforts to establish peace and security.
In response to the incident, security officials have launched a thorough investigation to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Authorities have vowed to enhance security measures in Galkacyo town, deploying additional resources to prevent further bloodshed and protect innocent lives.
The recent surge in tribal revenge killings has raised questions about the effectiveness of existing security strategies and initiatives.
Critics argue that the Puntland administration must urgently reassess its approach to combating violence, focusing on comprehensive measures that address the root causes of inter-clan conflicts and promote reconciliation among warring factions.
President Mohamud Participates in Flag Raising Ceremony for 63rd Anniversary of Independence
The President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, participated in the flag raising ceremony to mark the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions of Somalia.
The ceremony, held at the Somali National Presidency, was attended by other top officials of the federal government, state governments, and other dignitaries.
The flag raising ceremony took place at around midnight, which coincided with the same time the flag was raised in Mogadishu on July 1, 1960, when the southern regions gained independence from the Italian colonial government. The president extended his congratulations to all Somalis for their hard work and resilience in the face of challenges.
The celebrations of the independence day are not limited to the capital city of Mogadishu, as many towns across Somalia are also commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the Southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions.
The feeling of joy and jubilation is evident in the capital city with people dressed in clothes made from the flag of the Republic of Somalia. The week-long celebrations of independence began on June 26, 2023, when the northern regions of Somalia gained independence from the British colony.
The unity of the North and South regions of Somalia was a significant milestone in the country’s history, as it brought together two separate territories with different colonial legacies. The union was seen as a symbol of hope and unity for the Somali people, who had suffered years of colonial rule and fragmentation.
However, the country has faced numerous challenges in the years since independence, including political instability, armed conflict, and humanitarian crises. The Somali government, with the support of its partners, has been working to address these challenges and promote peace, stability, and development in the country.
The celebrations of the Independence Day serve as a reminder of the resilience and determination of the Somali people in the face of adversity. As the country continues on its path towards progress and development, it is important to reflect on the achievements of the past and work towards a better future for all Somalis.