Uganda currently ranks among the top three refugee hosting nations in the world. During the second half of 2016 a mass exodus of refugees from South Sudan roughly doubled the population to over one million, making Uganda the leading refugee hosting country in Africa. The trend of refugee flows seems set to continue in the face of recurring cycles of violence and instability in some countries, with no expected resolution in the near future despite efforts by Uganda and regional and international actors. Presently the country hosts refugees from 13 countries including Burundi, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan.
The Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees is an opportunity to translate New York Declaration commitments into action for refugees and the communities that host them. The Summit is jointly organized by Government of Uganda, the Office of the United Nations Secretary- General and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with the support of the UN in Uganda.
The main goal of the Solidarity Summit is to support and strengthen Uganda’s progressive and transformational approach to refugee protection and management. The objectives are to:
Showcase the Uganda model in relation to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.
Mobilize international support to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of refugees as well as address the longer-term needs of refugees and the communities that host them.