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)
President Hassan Sheikh urges parliament to expedite bills to enhance al-Shabab fight
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has called on the House of the Peope to expedite legislation once they are formulated and ratified by the cabinet.
This is aimed at bolstering the government’s response in targeting the militant group Al-Shabaab which has besieged governments in Mogadishu.
Speaking during a meeting with the speaker of the Lower House and House Standing Committees, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said the assembly was the most critical institution in the development of Somalia.
Mr. Hassan Sheikh said the highest levels of cooperation and coordination among multi-government agencies will relinquish the financial muscle of the group.
The President said his government will provide the necessary tools to detect and disrupt patterns of financing associated with Al Qaeda and global terrorist networks.
The Somali cabinet through the leadership of the head of state has promised to strengthening regulations on anti-terrorism financing and money laundering to degrade the militants.
Somalia passed the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Terrorism Financing (AMLCF) law in 2016 but analysts say the law is not watertight enough to cut off terrorism financing.
Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab spent $24m (£18m) in 2021 on purchasing weapons, according to a report by a Mogadishu-based research group, the Hiraal Institute.
The report, “Al-Shabaab Weapons”, further alleges that al-Shabab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, has an annual revenue collection of about $180m.
Previous UN reports have indicated that the group generates millions of dollars through the extortion of businesses and illicit taxes on vehicles, livestock and commercial and residential buildings in the country.
The government said last month it has frozen several bank accounts operated by the militant group but did not indicate where the accounts were located.
Commercial banks are required to notify the Financial Reporting Centre of any transactions of over $10,000.
However, a recent UN Panel of Experts report said Al-Shabaab manages to circumvent this mechanism but transferring funds in small tranches of a maximum of $9,500 thus evading the threshold for reporting.
The strengthening of institutions like the Financial Reporting Center (FRC) in Somalia which regulates and is set to report on any suspicious money circulating will play a significant role in degrading the insurgents, the government believes.
The centre was established through the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act, 2016 to operate as a National Central Agency that is responsible for the receipt, analysis and appropriate dissemination of all information relating to money-laundering and terrorism financing.
Somalia is currently conducting operations against the militants in parts of central and southern Somalia where the Somali National Army declared successful battles leading to the liberation of strategic villages and towns.
Puntland State Leader Expected To Arrive In Mogadishu Today
Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni is scheduled to travel to Mogadishu.
According to reliable sources Deni has received an invitation from the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Deni’s trip came after he criticized the policy of President Hassan Sheikh at the Thursday meeting of the Puntland Cabinet of Ministers. He also slammed Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre.
Deni instructed his cabinet that there will be no cooperation with the federal government, since he is in place with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
This conflict is based on the appointment of officers who will lead the security of the federal government forces from Puntland, and Deni argues that those who recommend him should be taken, instead of the federal government choosing whoever it wants from Puntland.
It is not clear what President Deni is getting from security chiefs who are not in politics.
On the other hand, President Hassan Sheikh has recently missed a trip to Bosaso, a military base that the United Arab Emirates is advancing, and it is not clear whether the delay is related to the conflict between the two sides.
Media Training on Reporting on Humanitarian Issues and Climate Change.
Mogadishu, 19 November- Over 30 Somali Journalists and some selected Editors have begun a three-day training on Humanitarian and Climate Change reporting in Mogadishu today. Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA) organized the Media Training.
The training aims to equip the Journalists and the Editors with skills and knowledge on how best to report on the unfolding humanitarian crisis and the impact of Climate Change in Somalia.
Speaking at the training kick-off in Mogadishu, SIMHA’s Chairman Hassan Ali Geesey said the training would help the Journalist identify and report on Humanitarian stories.
“The media is the vehicle that delivers crucial information to the public. We feel there is a need to train the Journalists and Editors on how to report on the humanitarian crisis the country is witnessing now. It is timely, and we hope this will help shape the opinion and views of Somali people and their international supporters through accurate reporting,” said SIMHA Chairman.
Hassan Ali Geesey, Somali Independent Media Houses organization (SIMHA)
The media training which is planned to be held in major cities in the regional states in the coming weeks is supported by UNSOM and the office of the Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame.
“Without the support of UNSOM and the Office of the Special Envoy, it would not have been possible to implement this training”, Added Mr Hassan Geesay.
While officially opening the training, the Special Envoy on Humanitarian Affairs, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, emphasized on the media’s role in positively highlighting the challenges caused by Climate Change and its impact.
“As Journalists and Editor, today you can support your people suffering from the continuous impact of climate-induced tragedies. You need to take the front seat in highlighting the challenges our people are facing daily, “ said the special envoy.
Abdirahman Abdishakur, Presidential special envoy on drought and humanitarian affairs
“You are the vehicle we need to deliver the message, and without you, we will never know the extent of the damage and how much help we need”, added the special envoy. The envoy also warned the Journalists against fake news and its terrible impact.
“As Journalists, you must always strive to get the truth. The responsibility of informing the public by offering accurate information rests on your shoulders. The target is to train over 200. Journalists in the five regional states” said the special envoy.
The group of editors and Journalists who were lucky to have been selected for the training welcomed the opportunity.
“I hope I will have a clear understanding of how to report on Humanitarian issues and the impact of Climate change after the training. I am passionate about Humanitarian affairs and keen to play my role as a Journalist,” said Shukri Mohamed Abdi, a reporter at Bilan Media
Shukri Mohamed Abdi, Reporter at Bilan Media
Somalia is currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis following failed rainy seasons. More than 50% of the population needs food aid as the country also inches closer to the declaration of famine.
With this critical step of training media managers and Journalists, the media will have an opportunity to accurately and objectively report on the situation by highlighting the voices of those who are suffering from the impact of the climate-induced tragedies.
Journalist and editors in session during the training on Humanitarian and Climate Change Reporting