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2nd Rwenzori Youth for Peace & Leadership Awards Conference 2019
October 11, 2019 - October 12, 2019
EVENT THEME: YOUTH IN THE LEAD
AREA OF EVENT
The conference was being held at the Kasese District Multipurpose Hall, located opposite of the Kasese Airfield on Kasese-Fort Portal road.
The Rwenzori region has a long history of conflict and violence caused by economic and cultural injustices that are accelerated by tribal clashes. This regular and reoccurring fighting has caused death and destruction as it’s marked by ethnic violence that has roots back centuries and which today is used for justifying violent conflict and the legitimacy of various ethnic demands, most notably stake in available resources and land between Basongora and Bakonzo, Banyabindi and Batooro where Bamba and Babwisi, among others.
These violent events have also led to less concrete results, including a violent culture of stereotypes of power dominants and inferiority complexes and a period of renewed conflict with non-Bakonzo groups in Kasese district, they are mention by tribalism and power dominance. In Kasese, district development are characterized by violent inter-ethnic and cross-cultural conflicts based on historical trends but also in the emergence of new sources of conflict around the discovery of oil and gas – the area is at boiling point.
To have this in control first of all at GLPC, we believe that Youth has to be empowered to a level that they own a stake in their communities through Cultural dialogues at the community level. The Summit will further this discussion and have Youth commit to this. Taking the United Nations landmark 2015 Security Council resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and security that provides a unique platform for meaningful dialogue on cross-cutting issues and partnerships between Youth civil society and private sector and the UN.
These declarations provide a platform for Young People to freely interact and generate meaningful discussion on the same by giving resolves to sustainable Peace in the region. According to the United National Development Program, Uganda was one of the first countries to develop its 2015/16–2019/20 national development plan in line with the SDGs. The Uganda Government estimates that 76 percent of the SDGs targets are reflected in the plan and adapted to the national context.
The UN Country Team has supported the government to integrate the SDGs also into sub-national development plans, in line with the national plan. It should however be noted that sub-national and local level development plans have to be further supported to ensure continuity and realization of the SDGs. Using local forces of Youth participation, academia, local leaders and Women to popularize the agenda 2030. The Summit is an opportunity to domesticate the SDGs to have Youth take them up and grow an advocacy strategy for them.