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Somali President arrives in Italy to attend regional, international conferences

Monday July 24, 2023

Rome (HOL) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has arrived in Roma, Italy to participate in the UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from July 24 to 26.

During the three-day high-level meeting, participating countries will review the progress made on the commitments to action set forth at the first Food Systems Summit in 2021. The aim is to identify successes, address ongoing challenges, and prioritize future priorities.

In addition to attending the UN event, the Somali government has reported that President Mohamud will also take part in other regional conferences in Rome, including a trilateral meeting between the governments of Somalia, Ethiopia, and Italy.

On Wednesday, Rome hosted the UN Humanitarian Conference for the Horn of Africa, where the Italian government discussed how it could help the region face challenges such as the increasingly worrying drought.

As part of its assistance efforts, Italy pledged to donate €40 million to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and earmarked an additional €30 million for humanitarian interventions and development initiatives.

Somalia faces catastrophic hunger, with the country devastated by the extreme drought in the Horn of Africa. A total of 6.5 million people face acute food insecurity amid the driest conditions in 40 years. Drought is compounding other recurrent climate shocks, persistent insecurity and instability.