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Mali: Nonviolence: The task of the Association of Municipalities of Sikasso
an article by Aguibou Sogodogo, Le Rιpublicain, reprinted by Mali Actu (abridged)

The opening ceremony of the capacity building workshop for local officials for promotion of peace and non-violence in the circle of Sikasso took place at the Charles Wanga training center on Tuesday, December 16, 2014,. The four-day workshop was organized by the Association of Municipalities of Mali (AMM) of Sikasso circle in partnership with the Shared Governance Programme for Security and Peace (PGPSP). The objective of this workshop was to contribute to a culture of peace and non-violence through improving the response capacity of elected officials and community leaders in conflict resolution.


The Mamelon of Sikasso (archive photo)

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The opening ceremony was chaired by the Deputy Prefect of the Circle of Sikasso, Siriman Kanoute in the presence of the coordinator of PGPSP, the Inspector General of Police Yacouba Diallo, the president of the AMM-Sikasso, Adama Diarra Noupounon who is the Mayor of Kourouma and many other personalities.

n his welcome words, President Adama Diarra N said that local councilors are key players in promoting dialogue for conflict prevention, peace and non-violence. . . For him, the culture of peace can be established permanently only when the following conditions are met: sustainable economic development, the respect of all human rights, equality of women and men, democratic participation, development of tolerance and solidarity. To this end, he said, the main objective of peace education is to establish peaceful relationships among individuals, groups and the State by teaching them to resolve their differences peacefully. "Note finally that when policy objectives are legitimate, the use of violence to achieve them is never justified," concluded the Mayor.

According to the coordinator of PGPSP, the Inspector General of Police Yacouba Diallo, security is a fundamental right of citizens which conditions the exercise of individual and collective freedoms, economic and social development. . . According to him, the PGPSP, which is an initiative of the Malian government in collaboration with its partners, has provided a lot of support for the civil society in the fight against the proliferation of small arms.

For his part, the Deputy Prefect of Circle of Sikasso, Siriman Kanoute said that Mali is in a critical situation in its war against poverty. The circle of Sikasso faces several kinds of conflict including conflicts over land. Several themes were developed by the 40 participants of the workshop including methods to analyze conflicts.

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International Cities Choose Peace

J. Fred Arment

arment@internationalcitiesofpeace.org

International Cities of Peace, an association of global cities of peace, is using the U.N. Culture of Peace tenets as the guideline for forming initiatives. To date, thirty-one cities are part of the association. Some are grassroots organizations, others have the firm commitment by resolution or proclamation from the city council.
International Cities of Peace include the following:
• Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
• Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
• Unity Village, Missouri, U.S.A
• Coventry, England
• Bradford, England
• Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Mataki, Philippines
• Pathuthani, Thailand
• Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Lake County, California, U.S.A.
• Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
• Nagpur, India
• Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Mzuzu and Lilongwe, Malawi
• Tunis, Tunisia
• Tuolumne County, California, U.S.A.
• Bihac, Bosnia, Herzegovina
• Yaounde, Cameroon
• Freetown, Sierra Leone
• Nyala, Darfur, Sudan
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
• Nakuru, Kenya
• Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Kathmandu, Nepal
• Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
• Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
• Warrake, Nigeria
• Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

To start an initiative, go to the association's website for resources and tools.


This report was posted on December 29, 2014.