United Religions Initiative (URI)-Africa presented its Africa Peace Award to H.E. Dr.  Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the first Female President of the Republic of Mauritius and the third on the African continent. The award ceremony took place at the state house of Mauritius.

On the occasion of the handing over of the peace award ceremony Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of URI for Africa and representative of URI at the AU Commission (AUC) and UN Office for Africa said that “The importance of good leadership is paramount for Africa, as Africa’s future depends on its quality of leadership.  Good governance is at the heart of sustainable development and the alleviation of poverty.  Recognizing this fact, URI-Africa is highlighting on the need of good governance as urgent priority toward the effort of creating united, prosperous and peaceful Africa. With this in mind in 2007 URI Africa established the Africa Peace Award to recognize the committed and effective leadership exercise to bring sustainable peace, security, environmental protection, sustainable developments, democracy and good governance on the African continent. The Award is generally given annually”

“The Africa Peace Award of URI-Africa presented to Her Excellency in appreciation and acknowledgment of her tireless efforts in addressing the need to make greater investments in science and technology to bring sustainable development in Africa and for her contribution to increasing scientific and technological excellence, as the underlying foundations of the sustainable development in Africa. The award is also in acknowledgment of the President service as an internationally renowned scientist, biologist and distinguished research career and strong commitment to a science-led development agenda for Africa and for her commitment to promote a culture of peace, inter-religious and inter-culture harmony and for setting good example of transparent leadership and humility. The award is also in recognition of her hard work in contributed more than 20 books she co-authored and the many publications she wrote on the use of African medicinal plants” He further added

The award celebrates, acknowledges and honors the accomplishments of individuals and organizations who have exhibited extraordinary leadership to build a culture of peace, environmental preservation, reconciliation and harmony among different religions and cultures and respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and bring positive change in people’s lives. The Africa Peace Award is a non-monetary award that honors distinguished African leaders, individuals or organizations who have exhibited exceptional leadership in bringing about peace, reconciliation, solidarity, and the alleviation of poverty, preservation of the environment, and promoting interfaith harmony and co-existence among different ethnics groups and cultures.

The Africa Peace Award focuses on individuals or organizations whose leadership and policies reflect courage, initiative, and creativity in a wide variety of areas that help to create peace and a better future for all.

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The Africa Peace Award acknowledges and honors the recipients’ outstanding contribution to the general well-being of the people of Africa and the world at large. In addition, the Africa Peace Award seeks to generate heightened awareness within the world community of the many African leaders who are making the difficult decisions and taking the necessary actions to resolve the pressing political and social issues facing the continent.  The Award recognizes that leadership is exercised at every level and sector of society and thus the Africa Peace Award seeks to recognize recipients from all walks of life.

Previous recipients of the Africa Peace Award include the African Union (AU); UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation); IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority for Development), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme);Archbishop Desmond Tutu,National Unity and Reconciliation Commission of Rwanda (NURC), H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria; H.E. GirmaWolde-Giorgis, former President of Ethiopia; H.E. Sir James Richard Mancham, Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles,; Rotary International and Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity and World Public Forum

URI-Africa is working in partnership with the African Union Commission and other sub-regional organizations in addressing the issue of counter violent extremism, radicalization, to promote peace, security, environmental protection, climate change and to popularize agenda 2063 and Sustainable  Development Goals.

May Peace Prevail on Earth