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Building a culture of peace in Africa
an article by Sasha Rubel, UNESCO Press

Africa’s leading decision makers, business leaders, thinkers and artists will gather in Luanda, Angola, from March 26-28, along with representatives from inter-governmental organizations and civil society, to lay the foundations for a continent-wide movement to build a culture of peace.

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The Pan-African Forum, Sources and Resources for a Culture of Peace, is organized by UNESCO and the Government of Angola. It will be opened by the President of Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Diamini-Zuma.

Keynote addresses will be made by the former President of the Republic of Mozambique Joaquim Alberto Chissano and Bineta Diop, President of Femmes Afrique et Solidarite.

Over the three days, participants will focus discussions on Africa’s wealth of cultural, natural and human resources and look at ways of harnessing and mobilizing these forces for sustainable peace and development.

Special emphasis will be placed on ways to engage African youth (aged 15-35), who make up 65 percent of the continent’s population, and who add 10 million people to the continent’s workforce annually.

The Forum will prepare an Action Plan for the prevention of violence and the resolution of conflicts in Africa, to be submitted to the African Union Heads of States and Governments Summit in May, 2013. It will also launch a major continent-wide campaign for the promotion of a culture of peace, under the auspices of UNESCO and the African Union, to sensitize public opinion, and particularly young people, on ways to construct and consolidate peace and non-violence in daily life.

The full programme for the Forum is available here.

Remote participation is also possible for this event. See details on how you can participate here.

(Click here for a French version of this article)


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Latest reader comment:

It is very appropriate that this new impulse for the culture of peace at UNESCO should come from Côte d’Ivoire, since the global movement for a culture of peace was initiated at a UNESCO conference in that country in 1989.  See Yamoussoukro and Seville in the early history of the culture of peace.

Note added on September 2:

The official reports from the UNESCO Conference in Abidjian are now available:



This report was posted on March 26, 2013.