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Gambia: Banjul Regional Forum 2019: Engaging Young African Leaders to Achieve the 2030 and 2063 Agendas

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An article by Debbo Mballo in Vivafrik (translation by CPNN)

The third Regional Forum of the 2017 Banjul Forum action plan took place from 28 to 30 October 2019. It was supported by UNESCO and its partners in order to better appreciate the level of the involvement of young women and men in national processes of democratization, governance, national reconciliation and the construction of a social environment conducive to the culture of peace. It facilitated exchanges to find ways and means, modalities of action, and forms of expression the most appropriate for a better commitment.

The 2019 forum focused on the roles and place of young people in governance, democracy and human rights, as well as new forms of innovative expressions and demands by young people in these processes. It was a platform to catalyze and accelerate the implementation of the African Union’s roadmap for investing in youth, with a focus on youth civic participation and youth engagement. as co-creators of sustainable solutions for Africa.

These periodic meetings consolidate a tradition of reflection, discussion and action on the place of young Gambians and West Africans in the societal space, and to better understand their roles in the processes of transformation and democratization of society. .

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Youth initiatives for a culture of peace, How can we ensure they get the attention and funding they deserve?

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The overall goal of this initiative is to strengthen the capacity of young people to exercise transformational leadership at the community, national and continental levels in the democratization process of society.

This conference planned to achieve the following specific objectives:

1. Provide a platform for sharing experiences of lessons learned and reflections on the role of youth in democratic and peaceful transitions in Africa: (Allow young Gambians to learn from other countries’ experiences and enable African youth to benefit from the experience of young Gambians);

2. To secure a space for dialogue and action among the various sections of the youth (young academics, young activists, young humanists, young social entrepreneurs, etc.) on their own concerns and perspectives as well as those of their country, their region, the continent and the global world;

3. Secure a space of intergenerational dialogue where young people can exchange with “old young leaders” around important and / or topical issues such as the issues of governance, democracy, peace, violence and so on. as well as issues related to equality and equity (including gender), the enhancement of natural and cultural heritage, social inclusion, human rights etc. ;

4. Secure a space for dialogue and action between youth and authorities on the concerns and perspectives of countries, the region, the continent and the global world with a focus for each forum on particular themes.

5. Present, enrich and validate the results of the “MOST Policy Oriented Research” entitled: “Youth and spaces of freedom in Africa: emerging forms of expression for democratization and achievement of the SDGs”, conducted at the request of young people during the 2017 Banjul Forum.

PAYNCoP Gabon Partners with the National Youth Council to Stop Violence against Youth

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To CPNN from Jerry Bibang, PAYNCoP National Coordinator (translation by CPNN)

In the face of renewed violence against young people in Gabon, the National Coordination of the Panafrican Youth Network for the Culture of Peace (PAYNCoP Gabon) and the National Youth Council of Gabon (CNJG) joined forces on Saturday, October 26, to firmly condemn this phenomenon which harms Gabonese youth. Their press conference had the support of several youth organizations in Gabon.

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Rights of the child, How can they be promoted and protected?

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In the statement, read by Fernandez Ona, President of the CNJG, the young leaders recalled the international legal provisions relating to the protection of the child in particular Article 16 of the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of the Child that states: “The States Parties to this Charter shall take specific legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child against all forms of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, and in particular any form of or physical or mental abuse, neglect or abuse, including sexual abuse, when entrusted to the care of a parent, legal guardian, school authority or any other person having custody of the child.”

Also, the 2040 Agenda of the African Union on the Rights and Welfare of the African Child, in its aspiration 7, urges the States Parties to provide protection against all forms of violence against children. In the same vein, the Constitution of the Republic, in its Preamble, reaffirms the need to ensure and protect the physical and moral integrity of youth.

“In spite of these normative devices, it is sad to note the recurrence of cases of violence against young people on the national territory,” said Jerry Bibang, PAYNCoP National Coordinator. “The violence is multiple and varied, including physical, sexual, economic, verbal and psychological violence,” he added, respectfully urging the Government to take concrete measures to eradicate this phenomenon.

Chad: Women’s Ministry salutes community peace initiatives

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An article from Al Wihda (translated by CPNN)

The Minister of Women, Early Childhood Protection and National Solidarity, Dr. Djallal Ardjoune Khalil, received in audience on Monday, the delegation of the National Union of Young Professionals for Consultation and Peaceful Coexistence (UNJCP), led by its secretary-general, Sidick Sougui Lony.

The exchange between the minister and the delegation focused on peace, the disarmament of the civilian population and peaceful relations between the different communities of the province of Ouaddaï.

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UNJCP Secretary General Sidick Sougui Lony briefly explained to the Minister the merits of the UNJCP mission in Ouaddaï province.

“We are working in Abeche to promote the culture of peace. We call on our civilian brothers to lay down their arms because it is useless for a civilian to own a weapon, “said Sidick Sougui Lony.

The minister congratulated UNJCP for this noble and patriotic initiative. She went on to point out that peace is an inestimable wealth. According to the minister, without peace, no society can evolve.

In addition, the Minister of Women, Child Protection and National Solidarity, Dr. Djallal Ardjoune Khalil urged the UNJCP to move forward in its quest for a united, strong and prosperous Chad . The ministry undertakes to accompany the National Union of Young Professionals for consultation and peaceful coexistence in all its actions.

The two sides agreed to combine joint efforts to intensify advocacy for peace and peaceful coexistence.

Guinea: Wanep and partners promote peace and development

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An article from Guinee 360 (translation by CPNN)

“Peace at the center of development in the Republic of Guinea” is the theme of a press conference held this Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Conakry.

This is an initiative of the Catholic Organization for Human Advancement (OCPH), in collaboration with Wanep-Guinea, funded by USAID, for a period of two years, a project entitled: “Cultural Cohesion Project for Peace and Prosperity”.

The objective of this project, according to its coordinator, is to enable communities in Conakry and the interior of the country to develop a culture of peace and to achieve greater prosperity.

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“It is designed for citizens to strengthen social cohesion within and between ethnic groups,” said Moïse Bangoura.

The Wanep-Guinea representative at the meeting listed some of the flagship actions carried out by this project: “Through this project we have achieved some results. We conducted capacity building activities for multi-actor platforms. We also strengthen the capacity of local elected and appointed authorities. Because one of the observations we have made in our country it takes the state a lot of time to manage conflicts that impede development,” said Boubacar Mansaré

The PM of the cultural cohesion project for peace and prosperity has focused his intervention on the socio-political crisis that Guinea is going through: Jonas Mamadi Kamano recalls that OCPH, CRS and Wanep are not activist organizations, but they tackle the root causes of conflict by doing analysis, research and proposing solutions.

“Before there is a crisis, from the signals we try to do some in-depth analysis and we make recommendations. We tell the different actors what to do so that the conflict does not blow up,” he explains.

Outreach and training are also strategies provided by this project to limit the damage in Guinea.

Protection of human rights and peace in Cameroon: The international association Kofi Annan is engaged

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An article by Marcel Ndi from Agence Cameroun Presse (translation by CPNN)

The Kofi Annan International Association has just presented the project to the press in Bafoussam, an activity that will be launched in the next few days.

Indeed, the Project “237- Peace and Good Governance”, is a new concept of the International Kofi Annan Association for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Peace. It is a Support Program for Restoration, Peacebuilding and Improvement of Local Governance in Cameroon.

According to Dr Serges Mboumegne, president of this association, speaking to the media in Bafoussam, the project will extend over 12 months with two components: support for the contribution of households to the construction of sustainable families in Cameroon, and capacity building for local elected representatives and local populations for effective participation in local governance.

With the support of the Civil and Political Rights Network of Cameroon, the program will be implemented in the regions of the West, North-West and South-West Cameroon with the relocation of certain programmed activities in the English-speaking areas in Bafoussam region of West in case of high security risk.

As a reminder, the International Kofi Annan Association’s mission is to work for the promotion and protection of human rights and peace with a view to contributing to the construction of a sustainable rule of law and respectful of the full respect of human values.

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• NATIONAL

Contribute to the eradication of violence against children and women;

Disseminate international and national instruments in the field of human rights and peace;

Reduce cases of human rights violations;

Contribute to the respect of the rights of the elderly and to the integration of disabled people;

Promote the culture of peace

Advocate for youth participation in public policy development;

Reduce individual and collective conflicts at work;

Contribute to the improvement of the situation of detained persons;

Support sustainable development policies;

Denounce cases of flagrant violations of human rights;

Provide legal advice and legal assistance;

Contribute to the fight against corruption;

Contribute to the promotion of democratic practices.

• ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

Support peace initiatives

Encourage actions for integration

Encourage mediation

Call for compliance with international commitments on Human Rights and Peace.
 

2019 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award winners announced

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An article from Peace Direct

Now in its seventh year, the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards celebrate some of the world’s most innovative local peacebuilders. This year, the three focus areas for the awards were: women-led peacebuilding, youth-led peacebuilding, and music and the performing arts. A panel of international experts selected the winners from 406 applicants, the highest number we have received to date.


Video of award-winning initiatives

The winners — from Syria, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo — were announced at the Alliance for Peacebuilding annual conference, PeaceCon, on 3 October in Washington, D.C. Each received a $10,000 grant to contribute to their work.

“We’re happy to highlight and support the work of these local peacebuilders, because they know best how to tackle problems in their communities. The leaders of these three organizations are providing practical and creative solutions, and directly improving people’s lives,” said Peace Direct CEO Dylan Mathews.

Youth-led peacebuilding: Youth for Homeland in Yemen

Youth for Homeland, founded in 2014, works in rural areas of Yemen to engage communities in peacebuilding efforts, working mainly with young people to develop skills and find alternatives to violence. For example, when one community was fighting over limited water resources, the organization helped establish reservoirs to contain water over longer periods.

The organization plans to use the award to train more peacebuilders. “The main objective is to rehabilitate young people to become peace ambassadors and urge their colleagues and friends to not participate in the war anymore, so that we can contribute to the end of the war in Yemen,” said Abdullah al-Suraihi, founder of Youth for Homeland.

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How important is community development for a culture of peace?

Where in the world can we find good leadership today?

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Women-led peacebuilding: Open Art Space in Syria

Many children in Syria have known nothing but war. Three women, two of whom are artists, founded Open Art Space in the Syrian capital of Damascus in 2016. Their work connects children and young people inside and outside of Syria through peacebuilding.

Children participate in free weekly workshops, which offer a safe space to play and connect with one another, a chance to express themselves, and a way to learn about peace through art. To reach children more widely, the women created a website where children anywhere in Syria can practice drawing and art exercises to help process the violence they have experienced.

For co-founder Roula al-Khatib, this award enables the organization to “reach out to more Syrian children affected by the war in remote places to implement art and peace in their daily life. This is an opportunity for us to tell the world that despite the sad war in Syria, there are many people who are working very hard to retain peace back.”

Music and the performing arts: Amani Institute in DR Congo

The Amani Institute, founded in 2016 in North Kivu, DR Congo, uses theater to help young ex-combatants process trauma they have experienced and reintegrate into their communities. The technique of theater enables former fighters to interact with others, and acts as a springboard for dialogue, reconciliation and tolerance.

“This is an acknowledgement that our effort in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being recognized internationally,” said Joseph Tsongo, founder of the Amani Institute. “It will help us continue our work for the next generation and bring peace to the country.”

We celebrate this year’s winners, and all peacebuilding efforts taking place around the world.

We thank our sponsors: the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Away, the Bluegrass Ambassadors, the Pickwell Foundation and Humanity United for supporting this year’s awards and award ceremony.

For more information: contact@peacedirect.org

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2019

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Press release from The Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in April 2018, he made it clear that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea. In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries. These principles are set out in the declarations that Prime Minister Abiy and President Afwerki signed in Asmara and Jeddah last July and September. An important premise for the breakthrough was Abiy Ahmed’s unconditional willingness to accept the arbitration ruling of an international boundary commission in 2002.

Peace does not arise from the actions of one party alone. When Prime Minister Abiy reached out his hand, President Afwerki grasped it, and helped to formalise the peace process between the two countries. The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes the peace agreement will help to bring about positive change for the entire populations of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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Can peace be achieved between Ethiopia and Eritrea?

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In Ethiopia, even if much work remains, Abiy Ahmed has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. He spent his first 100 days as Prime Minister lifting the country’s state of emergency, granting amnesty to thousands of political prisoners, discontinuing media censorship, legalising outlawed opposition groups, dismissing military and civilian leaders who were suspected of corruption, and significantly increasing the influence of women in Ethiopian political and community life. He has also pledged to strengthen democracy by holding free and fair elections.

In the wake of the peace process with Eritrea, Prime Minister Abiy has engaged in other peace and reconciliation processes in East and Northeast Africa. In September 2018 he and his government contributed actively to the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Eritrea and Djibouti after many years of political hostility. Additionally, Abiy Ahmed has sought to mediate between Kenya and Somalia in their protracted conflict over rights to a disputed marine area. There is now hope for a resolution to this conflict. In Sudan, the military regime and the opposition have returned to the negotiating table. On the 17th of August, they released a joint draft of a new constitution intended to secure a peaceful transition to civil rule in the country. Prime Minister Abiy played a key role in the process that led to the agreement.

Ethiopia is a country of many different languages and peoples. Lately, old ethnic rivalries have flared up. According to international observers, up to three million Ethiopians may be internally displaced. That is in addition to the million or so refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice. However, many challenges remain unresolved. Ethnic strife continues to escalate, and we have seen troubling examples of this in recent weeks and months. No doubt some people will think this year’s prize is being awarded too early. The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and has East Africa’s largest economy. A peaceful, stable and successful Ethiopia will have many positive side-effects, and will help to strengthen fraternity among nations and peoples in the region. With the provisions of Alfred Nobel’s will firmly in mind, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sees Abiy Ahmed as the person who in the preceding year has done the most to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019.

Young people from DRC and Rwanda demonstrate in Goma for peace in the sub-region

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An article by Justin Kabumba from L’Interview

Several hundred young people from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo marched on the streets this Thursday, October 3, 2019, in Goma capital of the province of North Kivu to support peace in the Great Lakes region.


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Under the theme “Our Diversity, Our Opportunity” these sons and daughters came from the two neighboring countries, all dressed in white and blue. They came together to preach peace in the Great Lakes region and to challenge the leaders of the two countries that young people are ready to work for peace.

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“For a long time victims of wars, we take the option of celebrating peace. We are able to preach the culture of peace, because we believe that peace is built, that’s why we mobilize young people to say that we are ready for peace and we support peace,” said Guy Kibira, Provincial President of the youth of North Kivu.

These young people say they are hoping for the return of total peace to the DRC with the new regime.
“The new regime inspires confidence, that’s why we are here, so that they understand that we aspire to peace, we want to live in peace and in this peace that we will have partners who will invest in our region,” he adds.

A young person from Rwanda has the same reaction. He says he is satisfied with the initiative, which according to him would perpetuate the peace between these two countries.

“I came to the market with my Congolese brothers to show that we are the same, and that there are no problems between Rwanda and the DRC. We must live in a good peaceful cohabitation,” said a young man from Rwanda.

This march is part of the regional program “Transboundary Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region.”

These young people with a sign of satisfaction gathered at the Muningi roundabout in Nyiragongo territory where they started their walk before going to the stadium of ISC Goma where several exchanges of experiences were made to launch a strong message to the Congolese and Rwandan authorities that young people are ready for peace in harmony in the Great Lakes region and that the leaders must follow the deep aspirations of the youth of the North Kivu province in the DRC and that of Rubavu district in Rwanda.

Africa: International Day of Peace

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The following 53 actions in 27 African countries include those listed in Google during the week of September 21-28 under the key words “International day of peace” and “Journée internationale de la paix.” These also include some listed on the website of the event map for the International Day of Peace, as well as the facebook pages for the Global Feast and the International Cities of Peace.

About 50 actions are listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but there is no indication which took place this year and which took place only in previous years. See the page of actions in the Arab States for those in North Africa.


Beni, DR Congo: While peace is celebrated in other countries of the world, here we celebrate assassinations, massacres, looting

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LUANDA, ANGOLA :

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will open the 5-day Biennale of Luanda that will take place from 18 to 22 September in the capital of Angola, with the participation of representatives of governments, civil society and international organizations, as well as artists and scientists from the African continent and diaspora.

OUÈDO, BENIN:

The Red Cross of Benin through its local section of Ouédo marked with a particular seal the International Day of Peace. . . Through a caravan in the district of Ouédo (Abomey Calavi commune), the Benin Red Cross has sensitized the inhabitants on the good culture of peace. “Since two years that our section is installed here in Ouèdo, we noticed that there are several points of tension. Sometimes within the same religious affiliation. In these conditions, it was necessary to sensitize each other on the importance of the culture of peace,” said Aymar Rodolphe Sangnidjo, head of the local Red Cross Ouedo. Also present with the organizers was the singer Vivi International, godmother of the event. For her, every opportunity must be taken to teach Beninese the notion of living together and tolerance of one’s neighbor. “For me, the word peace is the most beautiful word that can exist.” she said.

PORTO NOVO, BENIN:

The Federation for Universal Peace (FPU) and sister organizations such as the federation of families, the federation of women and all partner institutions met at the International House of Culture of Porto-Novo to give a special stamp to the celebration of the International Day of Peace. In addition to the religious and Muslim prayers, this is the word of welcome, Emmanuel Allognon President of the Federation of Families for World Peace-Benin chapter, marked the start of activities. The theme of the day was presented to participants by Dr Paterne Zinsou, Secretary General of the Federation for Universal Peace.

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI :

Mr. Pierre Claver NDAYICARIYE, President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Burundi, was the main speaker at the ceremonies marking the International Day of Peace, 2019 edition. . . .The TRC seeks the truth about what happened in Burundi during the colonial period from 1885 until 2006.

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI :

The Anglican Church of Burundi celebrated the International Day of Peace

BURKINA FASO :

This day was commemorated in Bobo-Dioulasso through a popular cross-country race that brought together young people from the thirteen regions of Burkina Faso (delegations had also come to the National Youth Forum). According to the deputy resident of UNDP, Isabelle Tschan, the commemoration of this day is relevant, given the national situation in Burkina Faso. She invited young people to take action to fight climate change and promote peace. For Daouda Azoupiou, Minister of Sports and Recreation, sport remains the best way to promote peace. For him, “sport is a factor of peace, sport brings together, unites and contributes to the development of youth”. He also welcomed this youth committed to peace and expressed his willingness to accompany these young people in the search for peace. “Peace concerns everyone, especially the youth.”

OBALA, CAMEROON :

Organized at the initiative of the mayor of the municipality of Obala, Simon Pierre Ediba, and in partnership with the Civic and Political School of Yaoundé as part of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, the Center for Documentation and Information of Obala held a workshop at the fairground aimed to reinforce the values ​​of living together.

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC :

On the International Day of Peace, +Peace, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and Impact:Peace launched the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, with 11 mayors and local officials representing over 15.8 million people from Colombo, Sri Lanka; Nairobi Municipality, Kenya; Cali, Colombia; Guadalajara, Mexico; Tripoli, Lebanon; Bangui, Central African Republic; Durban, South Africa; Escobedo, Mexico; Kumanovo, Macedonia; Kibera County, Nairobi, Kenya; and Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, pledging to work towards halving violence in their cities by 2030. The campaign calls on mayors, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and other partners to sign the pledge and join the growing movement to transform global violence.

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC :

The celebration of the International Day of Peace in the Central African Republic, which is facing a crisis characterized by cycles of violence, is also an additional opportunity for the Central African Republic, in addition to the extension efforts provided by the Government and its partners, to understand the Political Peace Agreement and Reconciliation (APPR) and to take ownership of it. Bangui, on occasion, has paid particular attention to the deaf dumb and the disabled, a layer that seems to be forgotten in the peace process, but has a say. Nearly 500 people attended the Boy Rab Youth Center to support and encourage the Deaf Association, whose President Jefferson Mongonou expressed their duty to participate in the peace process, and hence their right to be involved in the peace process.

BOTANGAFO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC :

In Botangafo, the people celebrated the 2019 International Day of Peace, through a variety of activities including a fairground show by Guira FM, football matches, an information workshop on the Peace Agreement and the Mandate of the MINUSCA peacekeeping operation. There were also talks and debates that brought together youth, women, and armed groups, including Batangafo Sub-Prefect Jean Ulrich Sembe Kpanga, who welcomed the commitment to the success of the various activities listed. as part of this celebration, while urging them to respect the terms of the Agreement and to remain more mobilized for “The Peace and Economic Recovery of the City of Batangafo”.

BOUAR, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:

In Bouar, in the Prefecture of Nana Mambéré, the International Day of Peace was marked by the final of the Peace Cup, a march for peace that gathered more than 1000 people including local authorities, the members of the prefectural committee of peace and reconciliation, women, United Nations agency staff, members of armed groups, among others. Opportunity for the Nana Mambéré Prefect, Marcel Bagaza, to insist on the need for the various parties to the Peace Agreement to respect its commitments.

NDELE, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC :

The celebration of the International Day of Peace in Ndele. The security situation in Birao has focused attention on this very special day, as many of the city’s inhabitants have lost relatives. It was therefore in unison that they called for the cessation of all hostilities throughout the CAR, and Birao in particular. The Prefect of Bamingui-Bangoran, Amine El Mahad, presided over the skit demonstrations on non-discrimination, traditional dances and a football match between the taxi-bikes and the butchers of the city.

OBO and ZEMIO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:

In celebration of the International Day of Peace in Obo and Zemio (Haut Mbomou), the population planted trees for peace. Youth, armed groups, local authorities and community leaders women’s associations, people living with disabilities have received the message on the Peace Agreement, and have unanimously called for the dismantling of illegal barriers, the end arbitrary taxes, and the violation of human rights “.

COMORES :

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, the Grand Mufti called for “impartial justice to preserve peace in our islands”. Calling also the authorities to accompany the volunteers involved in this cause, Said Toihir Ahmed Maoulana expressed a general finding that peace, long recognized as a heritage and wealth in the Comoros “is currently threatened.”
The International Day of Peace was celebrated last Saturday at the Moroni Women’s Home. Several local and foreign personalities took part in the event, including the Mufti of the Republic, the Minister of Justice, the Sudanese Ambassador to the Comoros and his colleague from Saudi Arabia, and representatives of associations engaged in the promotion of peace, among others.

POINTE-NOIRE, CONGO BRAZZAVILLE :

A cleaning operation was organized in Pointe-Noire by the Pointe-Noire town hall in partnership with the Averda Company, and the collaboration of certain associations.
The celebration of the International Cleanup Day was coupled with the celebration of the International Day of Peace. This is the second time this activity is organized. It was launched last year at the national level during the first edition of the World Clean Up Day. Activities were conducted in Pointe-Noire (Ngoyo and Tié-Tié) and Brazzaville by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) which is committed to working towards the achievement of sustainable development objectives.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE :

The Peace and Security Network for Women in the ECOWAS region Côte d’Ivoire (REPSFECO-CI) and its partners urged Ivorian political actors to make every effort to preserve peace. This urgent appeal was launched by Me Diallo Geneviève, the President of REPSFECO-CI, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Sorbonne au Plateau space. This ceremony, held on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, set up by the United Nations General Assembly, was aimed at raising questions about the danger threatening peace, just a few months away from the Presidential election of 2020, according to Me Diallo Geneviève. So these women are calling on civil society, the media, the international community, to be more professional. “Let’s work together hand in hand to build a lasting peace. Join us to reaffirm our commitment and take concrete steps to build and keep peace in Côte d’Ivoire, “said Diallo Geneviève.
 
BENI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DR CONGO):

Beni’s civil society feels that the International Day of Peace, celebrated every 21st September around the world, has no raison d’être in this city, given the repeated deadly violence against civilians in Beni. Kizito Bin Hangi, president of this civil society, regrets that the people of Beni do not live in peace, while the DRC is a member of the international community and has already ratified several texts related to peace. “Whoever says peace says peace, calm, a city without crackling bullets … But at home in Beni, insecurity is a reality. While peace is celebrated in other countries of the world, here we celebrate assassinations, massacres, looting …” said Kizito Bin Hangi. . . .For the past five years, the people of Beni have been facing horrific and repetitive massacres perpetrated by alleged rebels of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). These killings have already killed more than 3,000 civilians, including hundreds of kidnapped people and thousands of internally displaced people who have abandoned their homes, burned by the attackers.

BUNIA, DR CONGO :

The Center of Non Violence for Reconciliation and Peace celebrated the International Day of Peace

GOMA, DR CONGO :

The Groupe Martin Luther King is a Congolese association for active nonviolence, human rights, peace and reconciliation based in Goma, Nord Kivu province in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. We continue with the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King in Africa. We will organize a training on active nonviolence for the International Day of Peace.

GOMA, DR CONGO :

Goma, as a member of International Cities of Peace, took part in the Global Feast for the International Day of Peace

KANANGA, DR CONGO :

On the sidelines of the international day of peace celebrated Saturday, September 21 in the world, in Kananga several related activities were organized. . . In an interview with the editor of the interview.cd, Albert Ngalamulume said “Since we are in the citizen movement fighting for change during or after the atrocities of kamwina nsapu we never stop to launch the message of peace, carry out awareness campaigns, participate in various broadcasts of radio stations to call the people who had the weapons in their hands to lay them down and make peace.”

KINSHASA, DR CONGO :

The 38th edition of the International Day of Peace was celebrated on Saturday 21 September 2019 in Kinshasa by the United Nations. On this occasion, a march was organized, from the Place de la Gare, via the Boulevard du 30 Juin to finish at the Place des Evolves. Participating in this ceremony on behalf of the Government of the Republic, Raymond Tchedya Patay, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Congolese Abroad, sensitized all Congolese to plant a tree, a symbol of the fight against global warming and the improvement of climatic conditions. To this end, “the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development, in synergy with its partners, must carry out a series of actions in this area starting from the development of the national environmental program for forest, water and Biodiversity . . . Hence, Congolese and Congolese peace and environment efforts will make the DRC the green lung of the planet in order to preserve its ecosystems that allow it and the world to live in peace for a harmonious future. .

NYANGEZI, DR CONGO :

Nyangezi, as a member of International Cities of Peace, took part in the Global Feast for the International Day of Peace

SUD KIVU, DR CONGO :

The International Day of Peace is celebrated while a climate of insecurity is maintained by the presence of armed groups that sow terror and desolation in South Kivu and throughout the eastern part of the DRC. What is at the root of persistent insecurity in South Kivu? What are the internal actors? How to solve this situation? So many questions on the front page of Espace Citoyen this Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:15 on Mama Radio. To advance the debate, post your comment on the facebook page of the Radio.

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UVIRA, DR CONGO :

Uvira, as a member of International Cities of Peace, took part in the Global Feast for the International Day of Peace

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA :

The International Day of Peace was celebrated in Addis Ababa.

GABON :

As part of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, celebrated this year under the theme: “Climate Action, Action for Peace”, the National Coordination of the Panafrican Youth Network for the Culture of Peace (PAYNCoP GABON) took part last Friday, September 20th, in the plastic waste collection operation, organized by the United Nations system in Gabon.

GAMBIA :

Click on the link for a video about the celbration of the International Day of Peace in Gambia.

ACCRA, GHANA :

Speaking at the 2019 International Peace Day in Accra, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Emmanuel Asante, said Ghana continues to be a beacon of peace in the West African sub-region as indicated in the latest global index released by the Economic and Peace Institute Ghana. The Country Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Silke Hollander . . . attested that Ghana had built up an effective peace architecture and that the UNDP was particularly proud to have been part of the journey which led to the formalisation and the strengthening of the National Peace Council and its Regional Peace Councils — which include the diverse religious bodies as well as traditional leaders playing a critical role in conflict prevention and resolution in the country. She pledged the UNDP’s continuous support to the Peace Council to maintain peace and social cohesion.

GUINEE :

Message from the Minister of Citizenship and National Unity on the International Day of Peace:. . . “In my capacity as Minister of Citizenship and National Unity, I would like to remind everyone that diversity of opinion, dialogue and consultation contribute to consolidation of democracy. They are the very essence of this, because they show the capacity of a country to debate the fundamental questions of the life of the state. The bottom line is that these divergences are expressed through legal channels and in a calm climate favoring the free expression of opinions. This requires on the part of all a responsible, patriotic attitude of calm and serenity.”

ELDORET, KENYA :

The Alternative to Violence Trust Kenya held nonviolence trainings to the youths in college and universities since these are the easily manipulated people to engage in violence when it comes to politics and even if they have issues in their institution

NAIROBI, KENYA :

The SOON Readers’ Club No.11243 plans to host peace day event and activities including educational activities and sports.

NAIROBI, KENYA :

On the International Day of Peace, +Peace, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and Impact:Peace launched the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, with 11 mayors and local officials representing over 15.8 million people from Colombo, Sri Lanka; Nairobi municipality, Kenya; Cali, Colombia; Guadalajara, Mexico; Tripoli, Lebanon; Bangui, Central African Republic; Durban, South Africa; Escobedo, Mexico; Kumanovo, Macedonia; Kibera County, Nairobi, Kenya; and Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, pledging to work towards halving violence in their cities by 2030. The campaign calls on mayors, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and other partners to sign the pledge and join the growing movement to transform global violence.

KABERNET, KENYA

See photos celebrating the International Day of Peace @ Kabarnet Kenya International City of Peace.

LIBERIA :

A SHARED STATEMENT RELEASED BY CAMP FOR PEACE LIBERIA AND NETWORKS IN OBSERVANCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, 21 SEPTEMBER 2019
Several civil society organizations including youths from communities, political parties, religious groups, media, people with disabilities have joined together to release this statement in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. . . .The statement calls on all Liberians, especially youths to recommit to collective action as a safeguard for Liberia’s peace and development. During the Liberian civil crisis, over 250,000 people lost their lives, and several thousand were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. The consequences of these actions were grieved. “We need to redouble our collective efforts to prevent violent conflict by addressing conflict through non-violence means. We need to redouble our collective efforts to respond to the crisis in ways that support peace and development. We resolve to respect each other and work collectively to sustain Liberia’s peace.”

BAMAKO, MALI :

The International Day of Peace was celebrated on 19 September in Bamako. . . The day of celebration in Bamako included an exchange session between MINUSMA staff and the population, a friendly football match between MINUSMA and local youth, and a reception followed by a cocktail party. The activities took place in the Kalaban-Coro Kouloubleni district, in the presence of the mayor of the commune, members of the Cri d’Espoir association, traditional and religious leaders, and representatives of civil society. The president of the partner association Cri d’Espoir sent the following message: “I thank all the Malians who are there. To the young people of Kalaban-coro: peace is in the head. The Mayor of Kalaban Coro Kouloubleni thanked the Cree d’Espoir Youth Association for their efforts . . .This event highlighted the vital place occupied by youth in the peace process in Mali.

PAMPLEMOUSSES, MAURITIUS :

The Council of Religions is commemorating the ‘International Day of Peace’ on 24 September 2019 at l’Aventure du Sucre, Pamplemousses from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. On this day, we will bid farewell to the Right Reverend Ian Ernest, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius and we will launch a booklet titled ‘3 Stages of Life’ a new publication from the Council. 

MAURITIUS :

The International Day of Peace will be celebrated this 21st of September by Global Peace Chain with a summit this Saturday that will highlight Mauritius as an example of peace. This summit will be animated by representatives of different organizations that fight for peace. Proposals and recommendations will then be sent to the United Nations. The different panels will discuss, among other things, the role of women and youth in the maintenance of peace.

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE:

This year, our Aga Khan Academy Maputo Grade 9 students (with Mr. Bernardo) collaborated to organise an assembly for the whole school, to help students define the meaning of peace across many different languages from around the world. During the assembly, students were asked what peace means to them. For some:
‘Peace is a day when there is no war, a day when everyone is united and together.’ 
‘Peace means love to me.’
‘Peace means love, it means stopping conflict and it means we should hope.’
‘Peace is when the country is calm.’
‘Peace for me is the answer to stopping destruction around the world.’
As well as this inspiring assembly, Grade 9 students also arranged several activities for PYP and MYP students, making pledges and gathering together to participate a peace picnic – during which many students made friends with people of different ages and enjoyed some delicious food of course!

NIAMEY, NIGER :

Niger has joined the international community to celebrate September 21st, the World Day of Peace. Under the theme: “climate action, action for peace”, the celebration of the World Day of Peace was rich activities including a tree planting session at the University Abdou Moumouni Niamey, a popular race in Stade Général Seyni Kountché, a conference debate, a football match, cultural events …, all organized by the High Authority for Peace Consolidation (HACP) supported by its partners including the Delegation of the European Union in Niger and the United Nations System in Niger. . . .Finally, to immortalize the commemoration of World Peace Day in style, a cultural evening was also organized on the same day, at the Omarou Ganda Cultural Center (CCOG) in Niamey. The cultural evening began at 9 pm with the performance of slam artists, the presentation of sketches, parades.
 
BENIN CITY, NIGERIA :

Faculty of Peace organisation will hold its annual World Peace Day Conference on Thursday the 19th of September, 2019 at Imaguero Secondary School Hall at Sapale Road, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria by 10:00am. The Theme for this year’s programme is “Corruption: Threat to National Peace and Development”

IBADAN, NIGERIA :

As a member of International Cities of Peace, Ibadan held a feast for the International Day of Peace.

KADUNA, NIGERIA :

The Standard Foundation School, Barnawa GRA, Kaduna marked this year’s Int’l Day for Peace. It was interactive and entertaining as students came to realize practicable actions they should take to mitigate climate change for peace of mind. We also joined voice in the climate strike by a minute silence of all activities in the school.

OGUME, NIGERIA :

Today the International cities of peace Ogume celebrated world peace day with special interfaith prayers held at Ogume town hall.

KUBWA, NIGERIA :

As a member of International Cities of Peace, Kubwa, held a feast for the International Day of Peace.

UYO, NIGERIA :

Peace Mindset Ambassadors will focus on reducing gender-based violence (domestic and sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls) in the home and in the society at large.

REUNION :

Dozens of people gathered on the Human Rights Square in Champ Fleuri, to celebrate the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2019. On this occasion, several political and associative personalities explained how peace in the world and among peoples is crucial for Humanity. . . .Among the organizations present were AID, the League of Human Rights, Europe Ecology the Greens, and among others, the Interreligious Dialogue Group. Julie Pontalba, president of the Mouvement Réunionnais Pour la Paix explained that “faced with the banalisation of violence and injustice, we tend to believe that it is immutable that there is nothing to do”. . . . Yet, she explained, “it is possible to act and especially it is “essential to make our voices heard, every moment, because the fight for peace is every day and together”. An analysis shared by Idriss Issop Banian, president of the Inter-Religious Dialogue Group.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA :

On the International Day of Peace, +Peace, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and Impact:Peace launched the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, with 11 mayors and local officials representing over 15.8 million people from Colombo, Sri Lanka; Nairobi Municipality, Kenya; Cali, Colombia; Guadalajara, Mexico; Tripoli, Lebanon; Bangui, Central African Republic; Durban, South Africa; Escobedo, Mexico; Kumanovo, Macedonia; Kibera County, Nairobi, Kenya; and Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, pledging to work towards halving violence in their cities by 2030. The campaign calls on mayors, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and other partners to sign the pledge and join the growing movement to transform global violence.

TANZANIA :

Click on the link for a video of celebration of International Day of Peace in Tanzania.

LOME, TOGO :

As part of the celebration of the 2019 edition of the World Day of Peace, about 2,300 obsolete weapons and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition were destroyed Saturday at the Lomé shooting fields. The operation took place in the presence of General Damehame Yark, Minister of Security and Civil Protection. The latter had with him, the Director of the United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Mr. Anselme Yabouri and the Coordinator of the United Nations System in Togo, Mr. Damien Mama. “By making the decision to incinerate obsolete weapons that can always hurt, the government is translating its availability, willingness, commitment and determination to make peace the essential element of development,” he said.

TOGO

For the International Day of Peace in Togo, the company CAFE INFORMATIQUE decided to take the opportunity to celebrate Peace and the famous singer and craftsman of Peace, JIMI HOPE.. . . . History will remember that JIMI has always been a man committed to peace. And for proof, we can mention his great artistic project called “The Way of Peace”. It is a monumental fresco in the heart of the city of Lomé (Peace Dove Square). Finally, by dedicating a tribute day and a mega concert to this famous Togolese singer and defender of peace, CAFE INFORMATIQUE doubly marks the celebration of the International Day of Peace 2019.

MBARARA, UGANDA :

In the first 4 days of the peace week, Youth for Peace and Development Uganda, YOPEDU shall visit different schools and hold workshops on peace building attended by students’ leaders and school management. The grand finale will be a street match in Mbarara attended by student leaders and members of society.

CHITUNGWIZA, ZIMBABWE

The International Day of Peace will be celebrated by Zengeza 4 ward 14 peace builders.

ZIMBABWE :

 Platform for Youth and Community Development (PYCD) will be commemorating this day through a sports tournament featuring eight community soccer teams and eight community netball teams. The participating community teams have been picked from various villages in Chipinge district. The sports tournament will be preceded by a march which is expected to denounce the sprawling of gender based violence cases in Chipinge district. The procession will be from Machona village via Chisumbanje village to the venue of the commemoration, which is Takwirira High School on the 28th of September 2019.

Peace Tournament / PAYNCoP Gabon Promotes Peace Culture and Resolution 2250

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from Jerry Bibang

As part of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, the National Coordination of the Panafrican Youth Network for the Culture of Peace (PAYNCoP Gabon) took part, Saturday, September 21, in the Peace Tournament, organized by the United Nations system in Gabon.

During this event, PAYNCoP Gabon spoke to young people about the attitudes, values ​​and behaviors to adopt to cultivate the “culture of peace”. These include respect for others, the rejection of all forms of violence, solidarity with the needy, living together, forgiveness and dialogue.

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Also, the public was sensitized, through an illustrated guide, on resolution 2250 (youth, peace and security), which urges UN member states to put in place mechanisms that allow young people to participate actively in youth issues. peace and security at all levels of the consolidation or peacekeeping process.

Alongside this outreach, PAYNCoP Gabon also donated school supplies to the children of the Rainbow orphanage “to show them the love and solidarity that should guide all our actions,” explained Jerry Bibang, the National Coordinator of PAYNCoP Gabon. “This is an opportunity for us to thank our partners who are leading these activities, including the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) and UNESCO,” he added.

Initiated by UNOCA, the Peace Tournament is an activity that celebrates, in communion and conviviality, peace as a universal value without which it would be impossible to envisage sustainable development. This year, the competition brought together eight teams including the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Directorate General of Human Rights, the French elements in Gabon, the National Gendarmerie, the Pan-African Youth Network for the culture of peace, the United Nations System and the National Police who won the competition. Plans were made to continue the tournament next year.