UN Assistant Secretary-General, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu visits UgandaJul 6, 2016
Kampala - Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator for Crisis Response, is visiting from Wednesday, 6 July to Friday 8 July to discuss displacement and see the extensive work Uganda has carried out in managing the increasing numbers of refugees.
During her visit, Ms. Nakamitsu will hold meetings with various senior government officials including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kuteesa and the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hon. Hilary Onek. She will also meet various development partners, non-government organisations heads and the United Nations Country Team.
Ms. Nakamitsu will visit the Oruchinga refugee settlement in Isingiro district, Western Uganda where she’ll have a chance to engage with refugees, their host community and to witness first-hand how Uganda’s inspirational refugee model works.
UNDP both in Uganda and globally recognises that addressing risk and strengthening resilience are key ways to bridge the humanitarian-development divide, as displacement is no longer just a humanitarian issue.
Ms. Nakamitsu will use her time in Uganda to emphasize to both government and development partners that long-term development solutions are required in addressing displacement, both for those displaced and the communities hosting them. She will also encourage the use of new technology and big data to provide evidence based information on disasters, and highlight the need to enhance livelihoods in the face of growing climate risk.