. . DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION . .
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.