The SRSG attended an international conference at Wilton Park outside London organized in cooperation with the African Directorate at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on "Managing risk in Africa" as a keynote speaker. The discussions on 24 July, which involved a distinguished group of participants, looked at economic risks in Africa and included ministers of state from Nigeria and Ethiopia and high ranking officials from Namibia and South Africa. There were also detailed debates about development in a post conflict state, climate change, public finance and security issues. The SRSG opened the session on 25 July focusing on African Institutions and regional policy and found much interest in Somalia, the peace process and the way ahead.
During his visit to UN Headquarters in New York, the SRSG held several bilateral meetings and addressed the UNSC meeting on Somalia. In his speech the SRSG said that Somalia was at a turning point and that the population and its traditional leaders reject violence and those behind it. He outlined concrete steps that the international community could take including political and financial support to the Somali Government and AMISOM and support for IGAD and the African Union. He also said the UN should show it is serious about moving to Somalia. The meeting was addressed by the Somali Foreign Minister who stated that his Government's commitment to political dialogue was irreversible.
The SRSG then travelled to Ottawa where he met the Foreign Minister, Lawrence Cannon, to discuss the latest situation in Somalia. Following meetings with other Ministry officials, the SRSG was the guest speaker at a meeting of some 30 Diaspora community leaders who expressed interest in becoming more actively involved in the peace process.