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House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Viscount Waverley Viscount Waverley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be a conference in London on Somalia hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and, if so, who will be invited, what will be the agenda, and what will be the objectives and target outcome.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The London Conference on Somalia on 23 February will seek to deliver a new, action-oriented international approach to Somalia building on the progress being made on the ground.

We have invited Governments and multilateral organisations that are active and influential on Somalia, as well as representatives from Somalia.

We would like the conference to agree a series of practical measures to support Somalia under six headings:

Confronting terrorism and piracy;Supporting peace-keeping activity;Broadening responsibility for a peaceful political settlement;Alleviating famine and displacement, and developing systems and livelihoods;-Promoting stability at the sub-national level;Improving international co-ordination.

We are now holding intensive discussions with our international and Somali partners and key stakeholders (including civil society) in order to identify and agree measures that would best address the threats emanating from Somalia, meet humanitarian needs and tackle the causes of instability in Somalia.

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