UN chief holds talks with Museveni, heads to Arua

Kutesa picked the UN chief from Entebbe airport

United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, arrived in Uganda last evening for the solidarity conference on refugees in Kampala.

He will co-host the conference with President Yoweri Museveni.

The conference seeks to raise US$8bn towards mitigating humanitarian and development challenges arising out of the increasing refugee influx into Uganda.

The country is now host to 1.2 million refugees

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Guterres who was received by Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa from Entebbe airport, will today visit South Sudan refugees in Arua and Adjumani districts.

Phillipo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will be in Nakivali Refugee camp in Isingiro District.

Museveni receives Gutterres at State House Entebbe

Meanwhile, the international response in Uganda is failing refugees and must prioritise life-saving supplies such as food and water to prevent a medical emergency, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Governments and international organisations are meeting in Kampala this week to raise funds for Uganda’s refugee response.

The country currently hosts 950,562 refugees and receives about 2,000 new arrivals every day, the vast majority of them fleeing violence in South Sudan.

Gutteres and Museveni hold talks

Uganda is a pilot country for the UNHCR-led Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which aims to improve the situation of refugees and host communities through increasing self-reliance of refugees, and enhancing the cooperation between UNHCR, governments, NGOs, and other actors.

Inadequate resources, coupled with poor water and sanitation conditions, and a shortage of food, could quickly turn the situation into a medical emergency.

The UN chief was later received by President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe where they held bilateral talks ahead of the summit.



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