The President of Executive Board of United Nations Organisations Jagdish Koojul has lauded Uganda for hosting refugees and the country’s policies that empower them earn income.
The UN organisation team is in the country to assess the progress in implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the working relationship between Uganda and United Nations agencies including the UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, UN-WOMEN and the WFP.
During their meeting with the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Jagdish appreciated the solidarity which Uganda has expressed towards to African refugees.
“There are few places in the world where refugees get this welcome; we appreciate that Uganda maintains openness of her borders,” Mr. Jagdish said at Parliament.
He also lauded Speaker Kadaga for her continuous campaign against the violation of children and women’s rights and for the efforts in implementing global goals including poverty eradication, the fight against inequality and environment conservation.
In response, Speaker Kadaga noted that there is need for increased intervention in infrastructure development and environment protection for the refugee hosting communities, mostly for schools, health centres and water sources.
“Uganda supports refugees as a duty to humanity in distress. We couldn’t fold our hands seeing children, women dying during political instability and we salute the UN for support that has been rendered,” Speaker Kadaga said.
She also lauded the United Nations Development Programme for commitment in raising funds as Parliament moves to set up its own radio station that will help create awareness among Ugandans about the various programmes that the august house will be undertaking.