The President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson has applauded the Government of Uganda for the efforts invested towards the implementation of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) in the country.

The UN General Assembly President made the remarks while meeting the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Thursday.

PM Rugunda (R) welcomes UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson (L) at OPM for a meeting on Thursday, as UNDP’s Rosa Malango(c) looks on (Photo by PMPU)

His Excellency Peter Thomson pledged UN’s continued support and cooperation with Uganda for the successful implementation of the SDGs.

President Thomson also thanked the government of Uganda for hosting many refugees in addition to organizing the forthcoming solidarity summit on Refugees in June 2017 in Kampala.

Prime Minister Rugunda said although Uganda was progressing well in the implementation of SDGs, there is still need for international support.

“As Government, we are grateful that when it comes to the implementation of SDGs, Uganda is doing quite well, we will however need more support from other Partners in this regard to fully stabilize and progress,” Rugunda said.

PM Rugunda and UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson pose for a photo at OPM on Thursday (Photo by PMPU)

Dr Rugunda also urged the United Nations to support Uganda in hosting the big numbers of the refugees in the country, adding that Uganda hosts about 1.2 million refugees and is the second largest refugee hosting country in the world after Turkey.

The Premier was also grateful that the Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) which is a shared service center based in Uganda for United Nations field missions in East and Central Africa has continued to make good progress, and thus pledged Uganda’s continued support and partnership in the peace keeping mission.

Regarding reform at the UN security Council, Dr Rugunda asked that meaningful reform measures favorable to Uganda and Africa in support of global peace and security be made.