UN Resident Coordinator tours the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECO) in Kampala

Oct 16, 2017

Ms. Rosa Malango, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, with Permanent Secretary of OPM, Ms. Christine Kintu Guwatudde and other senior officials at the Uganda’s National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre in Kampala. (Photo credit: UNDP Uganda 2017).

Kampala - UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Rosa Malango, visited Uganda’s National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC), housed at the Office of the Prime Minister’s (OPM) Department of Disaster Preparedness and Management, to see first-hand the Centre and the support provided by the United Nations family in Uganda. Ms. Malango was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of OPM, Ms. Christine Kintu Guwatudde.

Hosting Ms. Malango, the Commissioner for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management Mr. Martin Owor highlighted the strong partnership between the Department and the United Nations, led by UNDP, in the establishment, operations and ongoing capacity building efforts. Mr. Owor noted, since its establishment in 2014, the Centre had received support from WFP through a ‘GeoNetcast’ ground station to enable real-time satellite data acquisition, from UNICEF through an interface of its U-Report mobile phone-based SMS system to enable direct messages from communities, and from UNDP through its sustained technical and financial support underpinning the Centre’s operations.

Ms. Malango, noting that Uganda is leading Africa in establishing a centre of excellence to support both disaster management and risk-informed development, urged officials to continue to innovate and advance efforts to build Uganda’s resilience to disaster risk by leveraging the knowledge and technical capacity the UN offers, both in Uganda and globally.

During the visit, Ms. Malango handed-over a compilation of hazard, risk and vulnerability maps UNDP supported OPM developed, aim at providing district-level officials and communities with evidence to support better planning and investment decisions. Ms. Malango also congratulated NECOC on its monthly ‘National Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning Bulletin’, available at www.necoc-opm.go.ug.

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