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H.E Christopher Onyanga Aparr hands over a file of Africa Group Coordinatorship of Humanitarian Affairs to Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe as new Coordinator

Monday, 25th February 2019
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Uganda, H.E Christopher Onyanga Aparr hands over a file of Africa Group Coordinatorship of Humanitarian Affairs to Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe as new Coordinator
On Tuesday 5 February 2019, at the Permanent Mission of Zimbabwe in Geneva, Ambassador Christopher Onyanga Appar, the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations and Other International Organisations at Geneva, handed over the Coordination of the African Group on Humanitarian Affairs to Ambassador Taonga Mushayavanhu, the Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the United Nations at Geneva. Ambassador Onyanga Appar was deputized by Ambassador Eunice Kigenyi.

At expert level, Ms. Daphne Teddy Nyanduri, a Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Uganda in Geneva, coordinated the African Group of Experts on Humanitarian Affairs, for the year 2018.
Uganda took over from Togo, which had coordinated Humanitarian Affairs in the Year 2017. The Permanent Mission assumed coordination of the African Group on Humanitarian Affairs in February 2018, after obtaining the authorisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala.
2018 was a very busy year to coordinate humanitarian affairs. Uganda assumed office at the peak of activities to conclude both the consultations to adopt the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), and the consultations in the intergovernmental process for strengthening respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL), besides the usual meetings of agencies under this field.

The Permanent Mission of Uganda spearheaded the African Group in the Six Rounds of Formal Consultations on the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), held from the month of February to July 2018, in Geneva. The GCR was later adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on 18th December 2018. The Global Compact for Refugees provides a framework for predictable and equitable burden-andĖ responsibility-sharing with countries hosting large numbers of refugees (Uganda is the third largest refugee hosting country in the world). Itís intended to provide a new way of working to ease the burden borne by a few host states, and fill the recurrent gap in international support for refugees.

In addition, the Permanent Mission of Uganda coordinated the African Group participation in the formal consultations of the Intergovernmental process for strengthening respect for IHL. Under this process, member states were tasked to find agreement on features and functions of a potential forum of States, and to find ways to enhance the implementation of IHL using the potential of the International Conference and IHL regional forums, in order to submit the outcome of this intergovernmental process to the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2019.
 
During the first meeting of the African Group of Experts for Humanitarian Affairs in 2019, held at the Permanent Mission of the African Union in Geneva, member states of the African Group applauded and commended Uganda for the exemplary leadership, and diligence exhibited during her coordination of the African Group on Humanitarian Affairs, for the year 2018. Uganda was commended for clearly articulating views on behalf of the Group with humility, dignity and profound knowledge of the issues. THE END. 

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