UNDP Assistant Administrator Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu commends Uganda for its efforts towards displacement and crisis response

Jul 15, 2016

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu’ s visit to Uganda included a visit to Oruchinga refugee settlement in Western Uganda where she was welcomed with flowers & a kanga (top). During her time here, she met with Government officials, development patterns and UN staff in the country.

Kampala - The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator for Crisis Response has commended  Uganda’s integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and management of refugees through it refugee policy as key best practises that many other countries in the world can learn from.

Ms. Nakamitsu who was in Uganda to discuss displacement and see the extensive work Uganda has carried out in managing the increasing numbers of refugees met with key government officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Office of the Prime Minister, development partners as well as the UN Country Team in Uganda.

“The fact that you have been able to integrate the SDGs into your national development plan is very commendable while your refugee policy is a key best practise and that is why UNDP wants to continue partnering with the Government of Uganda,” Ms. Nakamitsu said during her meetings with officials from government.

She also emphasized the importance of partnering with the private sector to support crisis response initiatives as well as the SDGs.

Meeting with development partners, Ms. Nakamitsu thanked them for their contribution to UNDP and indeed the entire United Nations System’s work in Uganda and called on them not to tire in supporting development work in Uganda.

 “This work requires the contribution of governments and every development partner, it requires all of us to work together to stem crises before they happen so that road to sustainable development can be smooth,” she emphasized.

She also used the last day of her visit to visit Oruchinga refugee settlement where she had the opportunity to interact with refugees and see the first-hand how Uganda’s inspirational refugee model operates. 

I came to visit Uganda to see, hear and learn about the best practises it has employed in refugees and its innovative settlement approach in responding to meet refugee needs. I am glad to see that this is actually being practised on ground.

Ms. Nakamitsu added that she was also pleased to see the partnerships taking place on the ground with government working with UN agencies, development agencies and various civil society organisations to support the refugees to learn new skills that would help them whenever they were able to return home.  

During her time here, her encouraged government to follow up on the outcomes of the World Humanitarian summit and form a Solutions Alliance that would enable partners from all sectors including private sector to participate in crisis response.

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