Thursday, 27 May 2010

My Visit to Geneva

From 11 to 13 May 2010 I made a working visit to Geneva, the capital of the Swiss Confederation. This town which is also a hub of international diplomacy has touched me at first by its geographical situation. It has the same as Bujumbura in Burundi. Indeed ,many of my friends from the Swiss have always said that Burundi and is Switzerland of Africa.
I also admired the UN headquarters and it was for me an opportunity to contemplate where the decisions that engage the world are taken.

I went to Geneva in a summit that was dedicated to the Oslo commitments in the fight against armed violence and its integration into the MDGs .56 states had responded to the invitation and I was representing civil society of Burundi. The summit was fenced on a commitment by States and civil society to support commitments in Oslo.
I am interested in positive step already achieved and that will contribute to the recovery of armed violence worldwide.