The Ambassador, H.E Kazuaki Kameda
The UN- Resident Coordinator
The Country representative UNHCR
The Country Director WFP
Ladies and Gentlemen
I welcome you all here today at this joint press conference.
As you are aware, Uganda has an open door policy for those running away from danger and this has led to a great influx of Refugees in the country.
Uganda currently hosts over 1.2m Refugees from mainly DR.Congo, South Sudan, Somalia and Rwanda. This makes Uganda the largest Refugee hosting country in Africa. Such a big number of refugees require innovations to achieve durable solutions for them.
The country has an integrated approach to Refugee Management whereby Refugees share services and resources with the host communities. This exerts a lot of pressure on the limited resources.
The country still faces a challenge of lack of funding generally in areas of education, health, as well as psycho-social support and we, still require a lot of financial support in as far as Refugee Management is concerned.
There is still a lot of work going on and there is still a lot to be done to resettle in the refugees from Southern Sudan. We need more support from International Community to feed and offer other social services to the refugees as well as protection of the environment.
I am happy to inform you that H.E the President together with the UN-Secretary General will host the Solidarity Summit on Refugees and Host Communities on 22nd June to 23rd June 2017 whereby they will fundraise for more funds to boost Refugee Management in the country.
I would like to thank the Government of Japan for their continued support to UNHCR and UNDP in the immediate and long-term assistance to management of Refugees and Host communities
I, however, appeal to the Government of Japan to offer more support in ensuring self-reliance such that we are able to build more vocational centres to skill the youth and set up other livelihood programs.
I thank the Japanese Government for leading by example in as far as supporting Refugee programs in Uganda is concerned.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
Minister of Relief and Disaster Preparedness