Early this year, the Government of Japan committed approximately US$ 2.7 million to four United Nations to support refugees and host communities, as well as border security in Uganda.
The implementing agencies are UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR and IOM, the UN Migration Agency. Additionally, Japan also provided USD 1.4 million for UNICEF to support women and children specifically for the fight against COVID-19.
This was formally announced at a joint press conference at the Uganda Media centre, addressed by the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hon Hilary Onek; Japanese Ambassador H.E. Kazuaki Kameda; and UNDP Resident Representative Elsie G. Attafuah who read a statement on behalf of UN Resident Coordinator Rosa Malango.
Also in attendance at the press conference were IOM Uganda Chief of Mission Sanusi Tejan Savage; UNHCR External Relations boss Leslie E Velez; and UNICEF’s Dr Viorica Berdaga, the chief of Child Survival and Development.