FIRST LADY LAUDS PEACE BUILDING EFFORTS BY THE GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has appreciated the Global Peace Foundation for its determination to build peace in Africa and the world over.
The First Lady, who was in New York for the 72st United Nations General Assembly summit, on Monday 18th September met David Caprara the International Vice President for Global Peace Foundation and Dr. Soonok Kang the International Secretary General Global Peace Women who paid a courtesy call on her to update her about their organization’s initiatives in Africa.
The Global Peace Foundation which is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-profit organization promotes innovative values-based approaches to peace building guided by the vision of One Family under one God.
Mrs. Janet Museveni said it is good to know that such peace building efforts are happening in the world and that this is driven by people of strong faith in God and who have a passion for humanity. “There is desperate need for peace in the world and such initiatives for peace building are needed like yesterday”, she said.
Mrs. Museveni and her guests discussed issues regarding the Global Leadership Conference for the East Africa Community and the Great Lakes region that is going to be hosted by Uganda in August 2018. President Museveni accepted to host the summit when he met with officials from the Global Peace Foundation led by Zanzibar’s former President H.E Amani Karume in July this year.
David Caprara said the Global Peace Leadership Conference 2018 will be convened in partnership with the Africa Leadership Mission on Peace Building, Government of Uganda and other regional agencies will run under the theme “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development.
He said the Conference is aimed at complementing the peace building efforts in the region by exploring ways of applying value-based practices and innovative approaches to address challenges related to security and development of the region. It will bring together about one thousand delegates including former and current heads of state, policy makers, religious, cultural, civil society and political leaders, investors and business entrepreneurs, women, youth, teachers, development partners and the media to jointly build consensus on the response towards regional and international challenges.
He added that the Conference will foster collective partnership and investment in areas of inter-faith peace building, character and creativity initiative for education transformation, young leadership, entrepreneurship and service, plus strengthening the family institution as the foundation for peace.
Dr. Soonok Kang emphasized that peace for the world begins in the family and that women have the power to build peace especially from the home which then cascades to the communities. She said during the Global Peace Leadership Conference women-lead peace and development initiatives that strengthen families, prevent gender-based violence and promote women as leaders for positive transformation will also be shared.
The Global Peace Foundation leaders lauded the ABC strategy promoted by First Lady Mrs Museveni in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the excellent results achieved and requested her to also join the peace building process in the region.