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Uganda hosts Solidarity Summit on Refugees

The Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda, Susan Eckey, Director General Kjersti E. Andersen from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway and other members of the Norwegian delegation to the Solidarity Summit. Photo: Norwegian Embassy in Kampala

The Summit took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo 22-23 June and was co-hosted by HE President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and UN Secretary General António Guterres.

The objective of the summit was to operationalize the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), adopted at the New York summit last year and learn from Uganda’s pioneering efforts in responding to the South Sudan refugee crisis. About 500 delegates attended, including UN agencies, heads of states, diplomats, financial institutions and NGOs.

In her statement, Director General Kjersti E. Andersen from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway said that Uganda’s refugee response is an excellent example to others. Uganda remains committed to providing refugees with education, healthcare and opportunities for work. 

The growing number of refugees (and displaced people) combined with the prolonged duration of displacement, calls for a new, two-fold approach. First: We must maintain focus on the most crucial factor - addressing the root causes of the refugee flows, notably armed conflicts. Most of the refugees entering Uganda is running from the war in South Sudan. The best help South Sudanese refugees can receive is an end to hostilities and the prospect of returning to their country with the hope of a better future. In order for this to happen, a ceasefire and a viable political process must rapidly be put in place in order to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. There is no military solution.

Second: We need to enhance our support to strengthening the resilience of the displaced and host communities

Norway has made education, especially girls’ education, a top priority. In Uganda, Norway’s support to UNICEF, UNHCR, the World Bank, the Norwegian Refugee Council, amongst others, has enabled them to provide education to refugee and host community children.

We have doubled aid for education in four years, and allocate at least eight percent of our humanitarian budget to this purpose. Last year this amounted to USD 60 million. Norway is also the second largest donor to the global program “Education Cannot Wait”, from which Uganda soon will benefit

Norway has increased its humanitarian allocations dedicated to South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad region significantly this year - to well above USD 100 million.

Norway is also a major contributor to humanitarian and development aid both through our bilateral aid and through core contributions to UN agencies, the International Financial Institutions and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.

Norway has already contributed USD 5 mill additional humanitarian funding to the response to South Sudanese refugees. Today, we are committing a further USD 4 mill, earmarked for refugees in Uganda.”  Statement by Director General Kjersti E. Andersen, MFA.