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The Japanese Government has extended $2.7m in support to UN agencies in Uganda for various development and humanitarian initiatives.

The contribution aims to support refugees and host communities, as well as border security over a period of one year from April 2020 to March 2021.

The support has been extended to four UN agencies: the United Nations Development Programme ($727,000), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ($1.23m), the International Organization for Migration ($240,000) and the United Nations Children’s Fund ($454,000).

Kameda Kazuaki, the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda said that in addition, the Japanese Government provided emergency funding of more than $1.4 million in June this year through UNICEF for the provision of supplies as well as essential healthcare services targeting children and women in the face of the rapidly increasing demand due to the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking on behalf of the UN system in Uganda, the UNDP Resident Representative, Elsie G. Attafuah, said the assistance is significant for the United Nations not just because it came at the right moment when the global pandemic started to impact across the world on humanitarian and development interventions both from the funding and operational perspectives.