UN official lauds ongoing reform agenda in Somalia

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MOGADISHU, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo wrapped up her two-day visit to Somalia on Thursday, praising the government's ongoing reform agenda.

DiCarlo expressed UN's strong support for implementation of the milestones set out in the government's roadmaps on inclusive politics, security and justice, economic recovery, and social development.

"Somalia has made significant progress and, despite the obstacles, there is a strong political will to build a stable future for the Somali people," DiCarlo said in a statement issued at the end of her visit to Somalia.

DiCarlo called on Somali leaders to prioritize good governance, human rights, and women's rights, and to complete the constitutional review.

"As we approach elections in 2020, the UN stands ready to continue to support Somalia and its people to achieve its goals," she said.

On Thursday, DiCarlo also met with women representatives of civil society organizations in Somalia, where she underscored the importance of an independent civil society.

The UN official pledged continued support toward the inclusion, representation and participation of women in the country's political processes in light of the 2020 elections.

"Stability in any part of the world is more likely to be achieved if women are engaged in society," DiCarlo noted.

"The percentage of women participating in the political life, throughout the world, is still unsatisfactory. We also want to support Somalia to address that," she stressed. Enditem

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