Uganda hosts 3rd Pan-African Forum on Migration
The third Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM) kicked off in earnest this morning, 15th/05/2017 at Speke Resort Munyonyo. The opening ceremony was presided over by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Ruhakana Rugunda who represented the President as Chief Guest. Present at the ceremony were Amb. Laura Thompson, the Deputy Director General; International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Ms. Rosa Malango, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Kristian Schmidt, the Head of the EU Delegation in Uganda. Others present included Hon. Nanette Thomas, the Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Republic of Sierra Leone, H.E. Amb. Kwesi Quartey, the Ag. Executive Director UNECA among other dignitaries and foreign and local delegates.
The President, in a speech read by the Prime Minister said that migration was a topical issue all over the world which has to be accepted and humanely dealt with especially by not closing our respective borders. He further said, on Forced Migration that “Uganda currently is host to over 1.2 million refugees from the region and beyond, making it the largest refugee hosting country in Africa and the third largest in the world” and that this has had an impact on the socio-economic, security and environmental aspects among others. He then called for concerted effort to address the causes and effects of this forced migration. He then informed the delegates that the Government of Uganda and the United Nations will on 22nd and 23rd June 2017 host a Solidarity Summit on Refugees to raise global awareness about the plight of refugees and raise funds to support them and their host communities.
The president then urged the delegates to have a discussion aimed at a holistic approach to migration including development, employment, human rights, peace and security, climate change and humanitarian dimensions. The first session of the day was a discussion on the Global compact of Migration followed by another on Human rights and assistance to People on the move. The Forum ends on Wednesday 17th May.