About the Summit

Uganda requires urgent and robust support to deal with the refugee crisis in a humane and sustainable manner until durable solutions are found for the 1.2 million women,men and children who currently need its protection.

Refugees cross from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Kisoro District in South-West Uganda [UNHCR/Roberta Russo]

The Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees was discussed in January 2017 by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni and UN Secretary-General, António Guterres at the sidelines of the 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, amid consensus that the refugee situation in Uganda requires urgent specific attention.

Uganda is experiencing the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, with over 1.2 million refugees and far-reaching economic and social impact. It is now Africa’s leading refugee-hosting nations, with refugees from 13 countries.

The high number of refugees is placing excessive pressure on overstretched state and host community resources. 

Notwithstanding the pressures, Uganda continues to live up to its international obligations towards refugees.