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Organization: United Nations Association of Uganda (UNAU)
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

The United Nations Association of Uganda (UNAU) is a non profit making community organization, duly registered in Uganda as a company limited by guarantee. The Association is affiliated to the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) with offices in New York, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland. www.wfuna.org

The UN Association of Uganda (UNAU) was registered in 1997 as a non-profit, non-government community organization in support of the Aims, Objectives, Principles and Ideals of the UN in Uganda as enshrined in the UN Charter.

The UN Association of Uganda (UNAU) has Category One Consultative Status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations as a member of the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA).

1. Progress towards a Culture of Peace and Non-violence: (2001-2005)

i. Information dissemination to the Ugandan population by way of newspaper articles, letters to the media, reports and conflict area visits most especially to the IDP camps.

ii. Networking with other peace activists and conflict resolution CSOs locally and internationally.

iii. Conflict resolution initiatives to highlight the need to solve conflicts peacefully.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

* Lack of adequate literature and IEC materials on peace and conflict resolution, and management to reach all stakeholders.

* Inadequate commitment by the belligerents to have the eighteen year old conflict resolved peacefully.

* Limited resources to fully implement the initiatives aimed at making the peace strategies work towards ending the conflicts.

* Lack of commitment by the international community to fully support the efforts towards ending the conflicts in Africa particularly that in Northern Uganda.

* Limited presence and delayed action by the international community especially of the UN towards conflict resolution.

* Absence of conflict early warning systems and conflict prevention strategies and skills in the conflict ridden areas.

* A near absence of commitment by governments to deal with the governance questions that cause and sustain conflicts.

* Limited media interest and coverage most especially the International media towards the armed conflict in northern Uganda and the Darfur region of Southern Sudan.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

The UNA of Uganda has been actively involved in the campaign for a just end to the conflict in Northern Uganda by undertaking a fact finding mission in partnership with the UNA-UK that resulted in the production of a report titled "Northern Uganda's Hidden Tragedy."  This resulted into a joint memorandum with the Uganda Government through the President's Office and the local area Parliamentarians on a minimum package of initiatives to contribute to the efforts to peacefully resolving the conflict.

Secondly, in partnership with a local NGO- the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), UNA-Uganda is promoting an initiative aimed at hosting an International Peace Conference on the conflict in Northern and Eastern Uganda.

The objectives of the conference are:

* To mobilize broader national, regional and international support for peace and build synergies for conflict resolution, peace building and post-conflict reconstruction in northern Uganda.

* To create a forum for reconciliation between the LRA and the Ugandan government as a way of ending the 18 year old violent conflict in northern Uganda and agree on a roadmap for resolving the LRA rebellion.

* To assist the government of Uganda and the LRA identify key political differences, their common interests and develop an agenda and a timetable for peace negotiations.

* To provide a voice to the voiceless in this violent conflict especially the children, youths and women and document these voices for the future generations.

In addition, in March 2003, during the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA) Academy for a Stronger UN held in Kampala, Uganda, UNA-Uganda held a Peace Concert the first ever at which relief items were collected for the victims of the rebellion in northern Uganda. At the same event, the UNA-UK sponsored a resolution on Iraq calling on the USA government to abandon its war plans against the country.

UNA-Uganda has been commemorating the International Day of Peace since 2001 with several activities organized by the branch networks at the tertiary institutions and in 2004, the UNAU -Mityana-Mubende branch organized the celebrations at which relief item s were collected to aid the victims of the armed conflict in northern Uganda (Photos below).

In addition, UNA-Uganda has continuously been writing articles and letters in the local media about the war in northern Uganda e.g. (www.monitor.co.ug) September 2004.

On the international scene, several articles concerning the conflict in the southern part of Sudan, the Darfur Region have been published written by UNA-Uganda in the local media.

Finally, UNA-Uganda participated in the Youth Specialized Meeting for the Great lakes Region in preparation for the International Peace Conference for the GLR held in November 2004 in Dar Es-Salaam.






ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?


PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization

Plot 87, Bukoto Street Kamwokya
P.O. Box 10358
Kampala,Uganda 256

E-mail address of organization

unau_ug@yahoo.com

Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human Rights.

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Free flow of Information and knowledge
International peace and security.
Sustainable development.

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Uganda

Second priority country of action (or international)

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