President Yoweri Museveni has received a global peace award for his contribution to peace in the Great Lakes region.
The award was presented to Museveni at the Global Peace Leadership Conference at Common Wealth Resort, Munyonyo by former President of Zanzibar Dr Abeid Amani Karume and Global Leadership Council’s Dr Schuller Robert.
The award ceremony was also attended by the Founder and President of Global Peace Foundation Dr Moon Hyun Jin Preston.
“For the past three decades, President Yoweri Museveni has played a significant role in proactively advancing peace in the region, mediating conflicts and addressing societal issues through values-based approaches,” reads part of the award citation.
Museveni was also awarded because of the country’s support to over a million refugees and brokering peace agreements in Burundi, South Sudan and supporting peacekeeping missions.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya who moderated the awards giving ceremony praised President Museveni for his great contribution to peace in the region and particular Uganda for the past 32 years.
Museveni welcomed the award saying that it was not only his effort but also that of Ugandans.
The Global Peace Leadership Conference 2018 opened yesterday under the theme; Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Sustainable Peace and Development.
The conference has attracted the participation of Heads of State, First Ladies, Religious leaders, Cultural leaders, Entrepreneurs, Youth, Innovators, Women, Community organisers, Development partners, Teachers, Policymakers, Media, Environmentalists and Civil Society Organizations from the Great Lakes Region.
Uganda is hosting the conference after Kenya which hosted in 2010, USA in 2012, Malaysia in 2013, Paraguay 2014, and Philippines in 2017.
South Korea will host next year’s conference, with the aim of focusing on the unification of Korea and tackling economic imbalances in the world.