Recognizing the severity of the current drought, H.E. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appointed Hon. Abdirahman Abdishakur as the Federal Government of Somalia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Drought Response in May 2022. A first for the country and the region, this role was established to find urgent and long-lasting solutions for people affected by drought and climate change. The Special Envoy is tasked with facilitating a stronger international, local, and Government response to the drought crisis through awareness raising and resource mobilization while helping reduce widespread vulnerability to future droughts and other climate shocks.