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Nairobi, 31 Jul 13

The United Religions Initiative (URI) - Africa last week signed an agreement with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to become an Associate Partner of the World Urban Campaign.

The agreement was signed by UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos and Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of the United Religions Initiative-Africa and Representative of URI at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Dr. Clos praised the initiative and commitment of URI–Africa in joining the World Urban Campaign to advance a positive vision of urban development, to place cities at the center of strategies for change, and to disseminate the key messages of the Campaign..

He also appreciated the work of URI in Africa and the rest of the world in building bridges of partnership for common goods and promoting interfaith and inter-cultural harmony and a culture of peace and for promoting the teaching of the Golden Rule which is a universal value.

On his part Ambassador Hailu acknowledged on behalf of URI member organizations the outstanding work of UN-Habitat.URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. URI is registered as a Non-Governmental Organization with Consultative Statues with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. As such, it is committed to support and promote the World Urban Campaign through its over 120 member organizations in over 30 African Countries. The ambassador said his organisation also shares the purpose of the Campaign with its global network of URI members in other parts of the world. “It is with this in mind that URI Africa joins hands with the UN-Habitat campaign under the slogan ‘I am a City Changer’ and commits to take action and change cities for a better urban world,”

The World Urban Campaign is a platform for public, private and civil society actors to elevate policies, share practical tools and raise awareness for sustainable urbanization.

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