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UN System in Uganda

Uganda became a member of the United Nations on 25 October 1962. For the past five decades the United Nations through its various agencies, programmes, funds and entities has worked in partnership with and supported the Government of Uganda towards achieving its development goals. Over the past decades the UN has provided technical support, capacity building and assistance to address a wide range of development and humanitarian challenges in health, education, protection, human rights and gender among others. Notable positive outcomes achieved in partnership with the Government of Uganda include improved infant and child survival and development through immunisation and related programmes, progress in combating HIV/AIDS through a multifaceted approach, improvement in literacy levels and improvement in livelihoods in most parts of the country.

In its resolution 72/279 of 31 May 2018, the United Nations General Assembly created a dedicated, impartial, independent, empowered and sustainable development-focused coordination function for the United Nations Development System (UNDS). The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) is the most important instrument for planning and implementation of development activities at the country level. The Framework is in line with Member States' call for a United Nations development reform to boost coordination in supporting countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

The UNSDCF articulates the United Nations’ collective response to support the Government of Uganda in addressing national priorities and gaps in the pathway towards meeting NDP III and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. The Cooperation Framework is a vehicle for supporting development and social transformation. It offers options to reframe economic policies and practices around sustainability for inclusive, diversified and job-intensive economic development, and promoting access to and utilization of basic social and protection services that advance human rights and well-being of people in Uganda, and protect the planet. The Cooperation Framework also promotes the spirit of partnerships that is at the core of the 2030 Agenda with strengthened focus on inclusion, advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as tackling inequalities. The Cooperation Framework seeks to support transformative governance by ensuring that national stakeholders are more accountable towards the people in Uganda, in a context where respect for human rights and rule of law is improved. The Cooperation Framework tailors responses to national priorities, ensuring that all United Nations entities, whether present on the ground or not, can effectively support national implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The UNCT organiSed discussions on capacities and resources needed to provide support to Uganda to implement results articulated in the Cooperation Framework. The United Nations development system in Uganda is committed to harnessing its comparative advantages to support the Government and non-State actors in achieving NDP III and SDG targets while upholding core programming principles.

Under the leadership of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, the Delivering as One approach involves better coordination of the joint programmes by UN agencies in Uganda in order to reduce duplication, reduce transaction costs and achieve greater programme impact. The UN Resident Coordinator is assisted in this coordination role by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) comprised of head of UN agencies in Uganda and United Nations Area Coordinators (UNAC), in the areas where the UN has a strong presence on the ground. There are currently UNACs for Acholi and Karamoja in Northern Uganda, and for South West Uganda and West Nile. The UNACs are nominated from senior field officer/ sub office heads of different UN agencies. The UN Resident Coordinator and UNACs are assisted in their coordination roles by staff from the UN Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO) in the functions of coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and communication.

The Programme Reference Group (PRG) comprised of deputy heads/programme heads of UN agencies in Uganda is responsible for coordination of technical programmatic issues of the UN joint programmes in Uganda, while the United Nations Communication Group (UNCG) comprised of Communication/Public information officers of UN agencies in Uganda is responsible for the communication issues. There are also similar coordination bodies for Monitoring and Evaluation, Operations and Security. These coordination bodies meet at least once a month. Each UN agency in Uganda is represented in these bodies by a technical.


United Nations Regional Entities in Entebbe

MONUSCO Entebbe Support Base

The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) Entebbe Support Base (ESB) was established in 2006. MONUSCO base is utilized to provide logistics support for UN Missions in South Sudan, Abyei and Central African Republic. The main activities include: rotations of Military and Police Contingents of MONUSCO and neighbouring missions. MONUSCO also provides medical services to the missions. The aviation section is responsible for all UN flights in Uganda with the oversight and management of all UN aircrafts based in Entebbe.

Below is an overview of the UN entities that operate at the MONUSCO Entebbe Support Base.

Civilian Pre-deployment Training Team (CPTT)- CPPT is responsible for ensuring all international civilian mission personnel deployed to the field to complete the four-day Civilian Pre-deployment Training (CPT) course.

Global Procurement Support Section (GPSS)- GPSS provides procurement services to UN field missions and offices in Central and Eastern African regions and beyond through joint acquisition planning and development of regional procurement strategy.

 MINUSCA Liaison Office-. The MINUSCA Liaison Office is responsible for all logistic and administrative coordination to ensure timely delivery of support to all clients in MINUSCA.

Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)- OIOS is mandated to assist the Secretary-General (SG) in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities through the internal audit, monitoring, inspection, evaluation and investigation services of the UN.

The Regional Ombudsman Office in Entebbe (ROE)- ROE is a regional branch of the Office of the UN Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS) the informal pillar of the UN internal system of administration of justice. ROE serves all UN Secretariat staff deployed in Eastern and Northern Africa.

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Office provides service and logistical support to three UNMAS programmes in DRC, South Sudan and Abyei. The consolidated support service comprises of Human Resources, Procurement, Contracts Management, Administration, Protocol and Finance

UNMISS Liaison Office- The UNMISS Liaison Office in Entebbe coordinates all inbound and outbound of all UNMISS passengers and cargo via Entebbe.

The Regional Service Centre in Entebbe (RSCE)- RSCE was established in July 2010. The Centre provides efficient, client-oriented, and scalable services with the goal of moving transactional, non-location-dependent administrative functions to the Centre from its client entities. These include transactional elements of human resources, finance, multimodal movement and control, personnel and cargo transport and information and communications technology (ICT) support. The Centre provides support to over 17, 500 personnel in 20 client missions and various non-mission entities including international civilian staff, national staff and uniformed personnel representing 77% of all UN peacekeeping and special political missions worldwide.

The missions served include:

AOJ - Goma and Administration of Justice in Entebbe

CNMC - Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission

GPSS- Global Procurement Support Section in Entebbe

MINURSO - UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

MINUSCA - UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

MINUSMA - UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

MONUSCO - UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

OIOS- Office of Internal Oversight Services in Entebbe

OSESG-B - Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Burundi 

OSESG-GL – Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region

OSESG-HOA - Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa

POESOM - Panel of Experts on Somalia

UNAMID -African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur

UNEERO - Office of the UN Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator

UNIOGBIS - UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau

UNISFA - UN Interim Security Force for Abyei

UNITAMS-UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan

UNMISS - UN Mission in South Sudan 

UNOAU - UN Office to the African Union

UNOCA - UN Regional Office for Central Africa

UNOMS - UN Ombudsman and Mediation Services in Entebbe

UNOWAS - UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

UNSMIL - UN Support Mission in Libya

UNSOM - UN Assistance Mission in Somalia

UNSOS - UN Support Office in Somalia 


UN Agencies in Uganda