Uganda is realising SDGs, Rugunda tells UN

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PM Rugunda (C) RT Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in a group photo with some of the participants of the 3rd Pan African Forum on Migration. On PM's (L) is Laura Thompson, the Deputy General of IOM. IOM - UN Migration Agency

The President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson has applauded the Government of Uganda for the efforts invested towards the implementation of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) in the country.

The UN General Assembly President made the remarks while meeting the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Thursday.

His Excellency Peter Thomson pledged UN’s continued support and cooperation with Uganda for the successful implementation of the SDGs.

President Thomson also thanked the government of Uganda for hosting many refugees in addition to organizing the forthcoming solidarity summit on Refugees in June 2017 in Kampala.

PM Rugunda (R) welcomes UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson (L) at OPM for a meeting on Thursday, as UNDP’s Rosa Malango(c) looks on. With RT Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and United Nations Development Programme – UNDP and Undp Uganda

Prime Minister Rugunda said although Uganda was progressing well in the implementation of SDGs, there is still need for international support.

While delivering a message by President Yoweri Museveni during the 3rd Pan African Forum on Migration at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Rugunda called upon African governments to design evidence based migration policies that seek to maximize positive impacts especially in the areas of investment, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, education and trade.

The President, in his message, said migration is a global tropical issue which countries have to accept and deal with humanely especially by not closing their boarders to the migrants, sighting that migration can either bring about positive impacts and development of the countries or negative ones depending on how its managed.

The President made these remarks in a speech that was delivered on his behalf by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda during the 3rd Pan African forum on migration organized under the theme “Towards an African Common Position on the Global Compact on Migration” at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

“The number of migrants worldwide has continued to grow over the past ten years mainly due to wars, human rights violations, environmental and climatic changes, economic hardships, among others. Today, over one billion people in the world are migrants, representing one in seven people globally,” Museveni said.

Earlier, Rugunda pledged Government support and partnership with the UN through the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

He noted that through the different pillars which include Governance, Human capital development and Sustainable and inclusive economic development, UNDAF has yielded remarkable achievements.

PM Rugunda RT Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda shares a moment with OPM PS Ms Guwatudde(L) and UN’s Ms Malango(R) after the GOU and UNCT Policy Coordination committee meeting at Imperial Royale Hotel .Behind PM is Govt Chief Whip,Hon. Nankabirwa

Rugunda observed that the achievements were further enhanced by the fact that the pillars are in line with the NPDII and the National Partnership dialogue framework aspirations.

The Prime Minister made these remarks during the Government of Uganda and the UN Country Team policy coordination committee meeting which took place at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The meeting was meant to review the progress of the Implementation of UNDAF.

The platform was adopted in 2015 with the aim of increasing government’s oversight and national ownership of UNDAF as well as enhancing direct engagement between UN and Government of Uganda.