Where: Petit Sablon Square, n°8, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Topic: External relations and foreign affairs
Organiser: European External Action Service
The conference "A new deal for Somalia" is a high-level event organised jointly by the European Union and Somalia in Brussels.
Somalia's eight-year transition ended in September 2012, with the peaceful handover to a new Federal Government.
The Conference's objective is to sustain the positive momentum in Somalia, to ensure that the country stays on the path to stability and peace and brings prosperity to its people.
The New Deal is the driver of this process. The Brussels Conference will therefore bring together the international community and Somalia to endorse the Compact – a key milestone of the process – pledge support to enable its implementation and, above all, re-commit to this new political process.
The New Deal for engagement in fragile states is a new approach for the stabilisation and reconstruction of countries in a fragile and/or post-conflict setting.
The new political context in Somalia requires a new approach in the relations and interaction between the Federal Government and the international community. Somalia and a large part of the international community have subscribed to using the New Deal in defining the future way of working together.
The New Deal helps determine priorities through five Peace-Building and State-Building Goals that provide impetus for the establishment of (1) inclusive politics (fostering inclusive political settlements by dialogue among the different Somali regions and social groups, finalising the Constitution, promoting reconciliation and resolving conflict), (2) security (establishing territorial security and strengthening people’s security) (3) justice (establishing judicial structures, addressing injustices and human rights, and increasing people’s access to justice), (4) economic foundations (generating employment and improving livelihoods) and (5) revenues and services (generating and managing revenue and building capacity for accountable and fair service delivery).
The New Deal also advocates development of a Compact as a tool to help agree on priorities, financing mechanisms and aid modalities through a mutual accountability framework. And it proposes a shift to country modalities to strengthen national capacity. The Compact will set out the most important priorities within the five Peace- and State-Building Goals for Somalia and associated commitments of the Federal Government, resulting from a consultation process among different regions and social groups.
The opening session will include speeches by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, the President of Somalia, Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.
This will be followed by three working sessions, one focusing on the new political order, one on rebuilding the social and economic foundations and one on the rule of law and security. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs as well as representatives of various international organisations will co-chair these sessions.
Pledges will be during the working sessions at the end of each speaker's intervention.
The closing session will consist in the endorsement of the Compact by the President of Somalia, Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.
A technical briefing on the record is organized on 13 September in the EEAS press room. The speakers are: EEAS MD for Africa Mr. Nick Westcott, DEVCO Deputy Director-General Mr. Marcus Cornaro and Alexander Rondos, The European Union Special Representative for Horn of Africa
Photo and TV opportunity upon the arrival of the participants on the day of the conference, 16 September (outside, in the courtyard of Egmont Palace; entrance via Passage de Milan, Boulevard de Waterloo, 31, 1000 Bruxelles)
The closing press conference by Somali President Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on 16 September in the Library Room of the Egmont Palace.
The opening and the closing sessions together with the session on Re-building Somalia’s social and economic foundations will be broadcast live on the conference website and Europe by Satellite.
The press conference will be LIVE on EbS