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Uganda Set to Reap from International Refugee Fund

South Sudanese refugees gather at a UNHCR collection centre on the South Sudan border in Egelo, Uganda (Photo:  UNHCR /Will Swanson)

The Ugandan government stands a big chance of reaping billions of dollars from the international community for hosting huge numbers of refugees fleeing violence from neighboring countries, this http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-post-counts-v1-1-endpoint.php Chimp Corps report.

This became clearer with the historic adoption of the New York Declaration by 193 governments at Monday’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, http://craigpatchett.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php during the first-ever UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.

The New York Declaration calls on countries which can resettle or reunite many more refugees to do so.

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It also calls for those in the “richer part of the world to recognize their responsibility to provide timely and dependable humanitarian funding, http://decksplushouston.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/class.nextgen_product_installer.php while robustly investing in communities that host large numbers of refugees.”

Uganda is currently at the centre of the world’s attention when it comes to refugee issues.

At the end of last year, Uganda was the eighth-largest refugee hosting country in the world, and already in 2016 has received an estimated 163,000 new arrivals fleeing from war and human rights violations in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and elsewhere.

UNCHR officials say Uganda’s progressive asylum environment also provides refugees with some of the best chances for achieving independence and self-reliance found anywhere, and is at the forefront of global discussions on how to integrate humanitarian emergency response with long-term development, for the benefit of not only refugees but also their host communities.

In addition, the violence that broke out in South Sudan on 8 July has captured the world’s attention as nearly 90,000 refugees have subsequently fled to Uganda.

The vast majority, more than 85 percent are women and children, making this as much a crisis of South Sudan’s future as of its present.

During the Summit in New York attended by President Museveni, host countries were called upon to increase opportunities for refugee adults to work and for children to go to school.

The Declaration commits governments to better address the drivers and triggers causing the record numbers of forcibly displaced in today’s world.

The Declaration also tasks UNHCR to develop a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, setting out a blueprint for a stronger system with more reliable funding and early engagement of development actors to help those forced to flee their homes and the communities hosting them.

Amidst unprecedented levels of people on the move, the Summit brings together government and UN leaders and representatives of civil society to better safeguard the rights of refugees and migrants and share responsibility on a global scale.

“Today we have an extraordinary opportunity to change gear,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi speaking at the opening of the UNGA today.

Grandi said the Declaration “marks a political commitment of unprecedented force and resonance.”

“It fills what has been a perennial gap in the international refugee protection system – that of truly sharing responsibility for refugees, in the spirit of the UN Charter.”

The adoption of the New York Declaration will be followed on Tuesday by a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, convened by U.S. President Barack Obama. Here, participants including president Museveni are expected to make concrete pledges in the form of additional funding, new resettlement places or more opportunities for refugees in host communities.

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