The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commended the Peace Architecture Program for putting together different groups of people to bring peace, unity, stability and progress in the country. The Peace Architecture Program avails a platform were views are shared to resolve conflicts.
PM Rugunda in a group photo with the Peace Architecture forum board members who attended the Peace Architecture for Conflict Transformation Framework project meeting at Sheraton Hotel (Photo by PMPU)
The Premier made the remarks during the Peace Architecture review meeting for the conflict transformation framework project which took place at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. ‘As Government, we appreciate such a forum that enables us to listen to views of different groups of people,” the Premier said.
The Peace Architecture project which started in September 2016, is aimed at laying a foundation for peace building and resolving boarder governance challenges in the country. It is supported by UNDP and is made up of six organizations which include the National Consultative Forum, The Elders Forum of Uganda and the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda among others. The Prime Minister is the Chairperson of the Board.
Rugunda noted that government had embraced the project because it enhances peace in the region which is required for development and to provide a common understanding of what the entire nation needs.
He called upon the forum to ensure that meaningful dialogue programs between Government and political parties are held to enhance development in the country. ‘Interact more with the respective constituencies to enhance and foster national peace’, adding ‘We need to address Ugandans as a whole not based on political parties or small groups to bring about social cohesion,” Rugunda said.
He urged the public to jealously guard the existing peace in the country and also appreciate the progress made so far by the Peace Architecture Project.
The UNDP Resident Representative Rosa Malango, hailed the public for its collaboration in the successful implementation of the project. She reiterated that the project aims at consolidating peace and development in the country by upholding values of peace and justice to enable Uganda achieve middle income status.
PM Rugunda chats with UNDP’s Rosa Malango on his arrival at Sheraton Hotel for the Peace Architecture for Conflict Transformation Framework project meeting ( Photo by PMPU)
Malango also commended cultural leaders for promoting values of tolerance, honesty and protection of the environment in the respective institutions. She said the project is in its final stages of formulating strategic guidelines for enhancing civic education. ‘This will also facilitate electoral reforms as well as developing a code of conduct for political parties’, adding ‘It will ease and enable the country to address emerging issues on peace and development.’
Malango advised the forum to concentrate on discussions aimed at enhancing social cohesion and civic education in terms of what can be done to leverage the available skills. She thanked government for its commitment towards the project. Ends.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA