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10-07-2018 RECSA receives the Africa peace award of URI-Africa
10-07-2018 RECSA receives the Africa peace award of URI-Africa

The United Religions Initiative (URI)-Africa has presented its Prestigious Africa Peace Award
to RECSA in appreciation, acknowledgement and recognition of the work of RECSA as
intergovernmental organization in coordinating the implementation of the action against Small Arms and
Light Weapons proliferation in the great lakes region, horn of Africa and bordering states.
The award is also in recognition of RECSA’s tireless effort in creating awareness and addressing this
critical issue of the proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons and the devastating
consequences they have on peace, security, terrorism, cattle rustling, poaching and other serious crimes
in its 15-member states and the rest of Africa.
During the award ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of URI for Africa and
Representative of URI at the African Union and UN Office for Africa and Global Envoy of URI, said “I
am happy to inform you that on February 23, 2015 URI- Africa signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) with RECSA. The MOU provides a framework for the two organizations to collaborate in
complementary activities to address the problems of illicit small arms in Africa and to promote a culture
of peace. URI-Africa and RECSA are also working together to contribute towards the effort of
countering violent extremism and terrorism, and to deepen awareness programmes aimed at “mental and
heart disarmament”
“I do hope that RECSA will be given the due mandate by member states of the Africa Union to expand
its operation throughout the continent as a specialized leading organization to address the issue of
proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in Africa,” added Amb. Mussie. He further urged all
RECSA member states to honor their membership fee and establish vibrant national commissions which
will work against the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons. All stake holders also need to
work together in addressing the illicit arms flows in Africa urgently as it is very difficult to achieve the
aim of silencing the guns in Africa without curving the problem of SALW.
URI -Africa established in 2007 the Africa Peace Award to recognize the committed, effective
leadership that is currently being exercised to bring sustainable peace, development, good health,
environmental protection, democracy, good leadership, reconciliation and inter-religious and inter-cultural harmony and peaceful co-existence in the continent. The Africa Peace Award celebrates,
acknowledges and honors the accomplishments of individuals or organizations who have exhibited
extraordinary leadership to build a culture of peace, reconciliation and harmony among different
religions and cultures and promote human dignity as enshrined in the universal declaration of human
right. The Award helps to create role models of non-violence and peace-builders throughout Africa.
Previous recipients of the Africa Peace Award include the African Unión (AU); United
Nations Economic Commission for África (UNECA), UNESCO (United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation); IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority for Development), UNEP
(United Nations Environment Programme);National Unity and Reconciliation Commission of Rwanda
(NURC), World Pubic Forum “Dialogue of Civilization” (WPF, The Organization of African First
Ladies Association against HIV/AIDS (OFLA, H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria;
Rotary International, Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, H.E.
Girma Wolde-Giorgis, former President of Ethiopia; H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia,
H.E. Mr. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti. H.E. Sir James Richard Mancham,
Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles,; H.E. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, The President of
Mauritius,
The United Religious Initiative (URI) is an international interfaith organization with consultative status
with the United Nations Economic and Social Council working to promote enduring
daily interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace,
healing and justice for the Earth and all living beings.
Through its 204-member organizations from 31 African countries, URI – Africa is cultivating peaceful
coexistence among different religions and cultures by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural
differences and work together for the good of their communities and their environment. URI-Africa
signed memorandum of understanding with African Union, IGAD, UNFPA-Africa Regional Office and
many other organization

About URI-AFRICA: The United Religi0us Initiative
The United Religious Initiative (URI) is an international interfaith organization with consultative status
with the United Nations Economic and Social Council working to promote enduring
daily interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace,
healing and justice for the Earth and all living beings.
Through its 204-member organizations from 31 African countries, URI – Africa is cultivating peaceful
coexistence among different religions and cultures by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural
differences and work together for the good of their communities and their environment. URI-Africa
signed memorandum of understanding with African Union, IGAD, UNFPA-Africa Regional Office and
many other organizationAbout Us: The Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA)
RECSA is an intergovernmental organization whose sole mandate is to address the
proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons. We partner with other
intergovernmental organizations, African Union, and Regional Intergovernmental bodies
and our strategic development partners to execute our mandate.
We work in 15 countries in The Great lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering. Of these 8
of the 15 Member States are in the top 20 of the 2017 Fragile States Index.

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