President Yoweri Museveni has said peace efforts by Global Peace Foundation needs a secretariat that can track implementation of resolutions.
Referring to their Global Peace Foundation Washington head offices which he said are organised, Museveni argued that the organisation should set up a secretariat in the region to fast-track implementation of peace initiatives by regional leaders.
Museveni made the remarks at State House Entebbe today, while launching a website and mobile app of Global Peace Leadership Conference slated for August at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel.
The August 1-3 conference is a strategic high level summit that is expected to build consensus on response towards pressing regional and international challenges. The consensus is to be guided by a shared vision, principles, aspirations, and an innovative values based approach to improving the economy, education, security, leadership at all levels of society, youth productivity, and women empowerment as well as address community development needs.
Uganda will host the conference in partnership with Global Peace Foundation, Inter-Religious Council of Uganda and Private Sector Foundation Uganda.
Themed “Moral and innovative leadership: new models for sustained peace and development,” the conference will be attended by heads of state, first ladies, religious leaders, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, youth, innovators, women, community organisers, development partners, celebrities, teachers, policy makers, media, environmentalists and civil society organisations.
Museveni said he told the former president of Zanzibar, Abeid Karume, who is one of the initiators of the global peace conference that sometimes presidents are invited for peace initiatives but resolutions arrived at are not implemented thereafter.
Karume is in Uganda on a four-day State Visit as part of the process that will climax with the August conference. He said a secretariat in the conflict ridden Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa would fast-track implementation of peace initiatives in the region.
Museveni further said Uganda supports structured peace processes such as those spearheaded by Global Peace Foundation. The conference will tackle themes such as moral and innovative leadership, interfaith peace building, education of the future, and entrepreneurship and investment as catalyst for regional peace and development. Others are global youth exchange for networking, and women-led development for community transformation in the region.
Museveni said such a structured process that addresses various factors in the peace process should be supported.
Karume said the theme of the conference rotates around the need for moral and innovative peace. He said the theme is informed by an atmosphere and prevalence of numerous conflicts within the Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa.