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Lukwago calls for joint effort to make cities safer

By Juliet Waiswa

Added 25th September 2018 09:44 PM

The Kampala Mayor was speaking at a panel of mayors at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York

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The Kampala Mayor was speaking at a panel of mayors at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has called for a joint effort by city leaders to tackle the problems affecting communities as a result of migration and violation of civil rights.

Speaking during a panel of mayors at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York, Lukwago called for intensive efforts in addressing the causes of migration.

“Uganda has a population of about 36 million people hosting over 1.4m people. We have an open policy which allows people entrance into the country but this has caused serious strain on resources,” he said.

“As leaders, there is great need for us to focus on the causes, though I know that the political unrest especially in the countries surrounding Uganda like DRC, South Sudan and Somalia are responsible for this situation. I am glad that as mayors, we will form this formidable force in Marrakech come December 2018,” Lukwago added.

He was presenting on the theme ‘Cities and Global Migration: Innovation, Partnership, and Leadership’ attended by many mayors from around the globe and other leaders.

The summit organised by Open Society Foundations brings together stakeholders in refugee response and works towards a coordinated effort by the international community ahead of the formal adoption of the Global Compact for Migration and Global Compact on Refugees in December 2018.

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