Home grown solutions working for Rwanda â€“ Kagame
President Paul Kagame has said that Rwandaâ€™s steady progress in the last decade was made possible by the adoption of home-grown solutions.
The President made the remarks while addressing a high-level meeting the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda on Saturday.
He said that homegrown initiatives drawn from Rwandaâ€™s culture have to a large extent contributed to Rwandaâ€™s progress.
â€œFrom Gacaca, our community courts, which has brought restorative justice and reconciliation to a once divided nation; to Ubudehe which supports rural communities to collectively solve problems related to poverty; to Imihigo which enables citizens to keep their leaders accountable to Umuganda and many others,â€ he said.
The event, co-hosted by UNDP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Â was an opportunity to discuss the central role of rural development in sustainable development goals.
â€œThese are the values that guided Rwandaâ€™s post-genocide development agenda. We chose to take responsibility for our reconstruction, by building consensus on a national vision, and working together to ensure no one was left behind,â€ President Kagame said.
Emphasizing the importance of solutions informed by a local context, President Kagame called on a future of sustainable development goals centred on mutual learning and global cooperation:
â€œChanging mindsets, and doing things differently, is never easy, But doing the right things and getting results builds resilience and the capacity to do even more. Each country has its own unique circumstances and challenges, but also the resources to solve its problems, complemented by external partnerships.â€
ITU Awards Kagame
President Kagame on Sunday received the 2014 World Telecommunication Information Society Award along with President Park Geun-Hye of Korea and Carlos Slim Helu, chairman of Grupo Carso and President of the Carlos Slim Foundation.
The award was presented by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to individuals who have made exceptional contribution to improving lives of world citizens through ICTs.
â€œI would like to thank ITU and the Global Sustainability Foundation, for the ICTs in Sustainable Development Award. I accept it on behalf of the Rwandans who use new technologies to improve their lives, and connect with the worldâ€.
President Kagame is recognized for his leadership in the advancement of education and the potential of ICT as a dynamic industry as well as an enabler for Africaâ€™s socio-economic transformation. He currently serves as Chairman of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on UN MDG Advocacy Group.
The Clinton Global Initiative 2015 Annual Meeting
President Paul Kagame on Sunday morning attended the Clinton Global Initiative 2015. The annual event was held in New York where President Kagame was attending the United Nations General Assembly. The Clinton Global initiative is an annual event that brings together global leaders to discuss on challenges at hand and way forward.
Through the event commitments were made to deal with challenges pertaining to poverty in different parts of the world. While opening the event President Bill Clinton said that over the last ten years 3200 commitments were made through CGI.
President Kagame also attended the Global Leadersâ€™ Meeting on Gender Equality and Womenâ€™s Empowerment meeting themed a Commitment to Action” at the United Nations.