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Rwanda: Frank Habineza wins Prestigious African leader AwardJennifer Fierberg, MSW Salem-News.com
The 2011 Global Pilot Award winners will have their awards bestowed upon them by the Office of the President -Republic of Uganda, during an awards ceremony,
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Frank Habineza, the President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and President of the African Greens Federation emerged as the winner of the “African leader in Innovation & Sustainability Award” by the Global Pilot International Conference. This honor is in recognition of his tireless efforts to organize and lead a process that led to the official launching of the African Greens Federation held during the African Greens Congress in April 2010 in Kampala, Uganda. This meeting also sought to strengthen cooperation between African Greens, by conducting exchange visit to West and North Africa. As a true Pan Africanist in the green revolution Mr. Habineza was behind the revival of the Central African Greens network, which reinforced green activities in Chad, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Gabon. In his home country, Rwanda, he was part of a climate change campaign organized by Rwanda Green Society that planted 50,000 trees.
His efforts followed a nine years struggle for the African Greens trying to have a Greens Federation for Africa, since the Global Greens Congress held in Canberra, Australia in 2001. Mr. Habineza also led a process that approved the African Greens Charter, African Greens Constitution, Rules and Procedures. The Charter is an important document that defines what it means to be Green in Africa. He encouraged and supported efforts to establish the Ecological Party of Uganda, now fully registered and Zambian Revolutionary Green Party-fully registered. He was able to convene an African Greens Preparatory meeting in Benin, June 2009, which established the African Greens Movement. In his home country, Rwanda, he was part of a climate change campaign organized by Rwanda Green Society that planted 50,000 trees.
In a reaction statement from Mr. Habineza regarding this award he stated, ''It is with great honor and joy that we receive the wonderful news of winning the 2011 Global Pilot Award of African Leader in Innovation and Sustainability.''
The 2011 Global Pilot Award winners will have their awards bestowed upon them by the Office of the President -Republic of Uganda, during an awards ceremony, on the evening of 27 August 2011 at Fairway Hotel Kampala.
Earlier this year Mr. Habineza was also awarded the esteemed award by Hon. Bodil Ceballos, a Swedish Parliamentarian, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and alternates on the Defense and Justice Committees. This accolade was given in honor of the democratic struggle started in Rwanda and the resolve to continue it using peaceful and non-violent methods despite the many challenges Rwanda is currently facing including the areas of political open space and freedom of the press.
Mr. Habineza continues to be a strong political leader for the future of Rwanda. His progressive ideas and peaceful plan for improving the climate of Rwanda will continue to be recognized the world over. His commitment and passion to his homeland and the resilient people of Rwanda are shown in his steadfast dedication to political change.
Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.
Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer is also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village (www.africaglobalvillage.com) Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.
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