The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 24 March 2016 extended the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) till 31 March 2017.
A resolution in this regard was unanimously approved by all the 15 members of the Council in order to support an inclusive, free, fair and transparent electoral process in 2016 and universal elections by 2020.
About the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia
• It was established in May 2013 by the UNSC to create and galvanize the political and strategic environment of Somalia in which stabilisation and peace-building can proceed.
• It supports the Federal Government of Somalia’s agenda of peace, security and nation-building and will help the country move towards free and fair elections in 2016.
• It is led by Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and two Deputy Special Representatives.
• It consists of a number of sections including Political and Mediation Group, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group, Human Rights, etc.
• Its headquarters is in the Somali capital Mogadishu. In addition, it has a liaison office in Nairobi, Kenya.
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What: Extended by the UNSC
When: 24 March 2016