The International Conference in support of
the Somali Security Institutions and the African
Union Mission in Somalia
22- 23 April, Brussels
The International Conference in support of the Somali Security
Institutions and the African Union Mission in Somalia was convened by
the United Nations Secretary General following the request of the UN
Security Council in its resolution 1863 of 16 January 2009 under the
joint auspices of the African Union and United Nations and hosted by the
European Commission and the European Union. The Conference, which took
place in Brussels from 22 – 23 April, was co-chaired by the UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union Chairman, Jean Ping.
The Conference was attended by representatives from more than 60
countries and regional organizations including; the Somali President,
Sharif Sheikh Ahmed; the Deputy Secretary General of the League of Arab
States, Ahmed Benhelli; the Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation
of Islamic Conference, Atta Manane Bakheet; the President of the
European Commission, Jose Manuel Barosso, the EU High Representative for
the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana; and the EU
Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel.
The President of the European Commission thanked participants for
their interest and commitment to stability in Somalia. In particular,
he welcomed the partnership of the African Union, the European Union,
the European Commission, the Inter Governmental Authority on
Development, the League of Arab States, the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference and support of the members of the International Contact
The United Nations Secretary General welcomed the International
Community’s commitment to address the issue of piracy and the
recognition that as well as addressing the issue through an
international naval presence, land-based solutions to the root causes of
piracy must be urgently addressed.
The United Nations Secretary General welcomed the pledges made by
countries participating in the Conference, which totaled $213 million
in support of the Somali Security Institutions and the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), saying this showed the commitment of
the International Community to helping the new Somali Transitional
Federal Government bring about peace and stability. He further
expressed deep appreciation for the support given by AMISOM to the
President Ahmed stated that the issue of security is one of his
Government’s highest priorities and that a stable security environment
was vital, not only to bring about an end to 18 years of conflict, but
also for Somalia’s continued and future development. Greater political
stability, the provision of social services and livelihoods, improved
humanitarian access and adherence to international obligations and
commitments depends on a conducive, enabling security environment.
President Ahmed emphasized that the requested support is the first
phase of a long term security strategy based on Somalia ownership and
responsibility for its implementation.
President Ahmed acknowledged the support given to Somalia by the
International Community, and in particular by AMISOM and the region.
President Ahmed urged all Somalis to support the emerging peace and
stability in their country. The door remained open to all those who
wanted to join the process.
The International Community welcomed the fact that the pledges committed
fully met the expressed requirements, in particular the confidence shown
to the Somali Government, and looked forward to rapid disbursement to
the Somalia Security Sector and AMISOM.
The International Community expressed the hope that the forthcoming
International Contact Group meeting in Rome in June will provide the
opportunity to make further progress towards a stable and peaceful
Somalia, and that a further donors conference will be organised that
will focus on reconstruction and development.
The International Community expressed its gratitude to the European
Union and the European Commission and for generously hosting the