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25th anniversary of the International Congress on Peace in the Mind of Men,Yamoussoukro
an article by UNESCO, Culture of Peace in Africa

Twenty-five years after the International Congress of UNESCO held in Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast) on the theme "Peace in the minds of men", that gave birth in 1989 to the concept of culture of peace, the UNESCO and the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for peace research will jointly celebrate this anniversary in Yamoussoukro from 21 to 23 September 2014.

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This event, under the High patronage of the President of Ivory Coast, has two objectives, the first being to measure the progress made since 1989 geared towards the implementation of this concept and the second, to explore future avenues, in particular, by launching the activities of the Network of foundations and research institutions for the promotion of a culture of peace in Africa, established in September 2013 in Addis Ababa.

The relevance of the concept of culture of peace is often foreseen as that one heavily marked by armed conflicts, civil wars, the use of violence, socio-economic inequalities, social exclusion, discrimination and intolerance. Twenty-five years after the Yamoussoukro Congress on "Peace in the mind of men", Africa is the new place of thinking and rethinking the culture of peace, as these challenges are inherent to the continent and has answers to them. That is the purpose of the celebration of "Peace in the minds of men and women" whose sense is at the same time retrospective and prospective.

The program of this event will be the following:

- Sunday, September 21: International Day of Peace - Ecumenical Ceremony and Concert for Peace

- Monday, September 22: Celebration of 25 years of the culture of peace

Tuesday, September 23: Meeting of the Network of foundations and research institutions for the promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa

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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 September 5, 2014.