Motivated by a shared commitment to promote and advance peace and security in the eastern African region, United Religions Initiative (URI) and the Africa and Eastern African Standby Force (EASF) concluded an agreement to work in partnership.
The agreement was signed on January 24, 2020, at the office of EASF in Nairobi, Kenya by Dr. Abdillahi Omar Bouh, Director of EASF Secretariat and Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Director of Global partnership & Regional Director of URI-Africa and URI Representative at the African Union and UN.
The objectives of the signed partnership agreement include:
- To prevent violent/armed conflicts, extremism and radicalization in the Eastern Africa region
- To popularize and promote the aim of Agenda 2063 in silencing the guns in the regions
- To work in partnership in humanitarian assistance, alleviate the suffering of the civilian population in conflict areas and support efforts to address major natural disasters
- To jointly organize workshops, meetings, semianrs, and develop and implement projects in the region to advance peace and security
The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) is a regional organization whose mandate is to enhance peace and security in Eastern Africa. It is one of the five regional multidimensional Forces of the African Standby Force (ASF) consisting of Military, Police and Civilian components. EASF was established as a regional mechanism to provide the capability for rapid deployment of forces to carry out preventive deployment, rapid intervention, peace support/stability operations and peace enforcement.
United Religions Initiative (URI) is an interfaith organization with Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is working to promote enduring daily interfaith cooperation, end religiously motivated violence, and create cultures of peace.