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Libreville Pan-African Forum: African Youth and the Challenge of the promotion of Culture of Peace in Africa
an article by UNESCO Priority Africa

From 11 to 13 December 2014, there will be a Pan-African Forum “Youth and Culture of Peace” with the theme: “African youth and the challenge of promoting a culture of peace in Africa”.

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This Forum, jointly organized by the Omar Bongo Ondimba Foundation for Peace, Science, Culture and the Environment, the Gabonese National Commission for UNESCO with the support of UNESCO and the African Union, will be held in view of launching a Youth Network for a Culture of Peace in Africa.

In the context of the preparation of this forum, and in order to support the Youth Network for a Culture of Peace in Africa, an online platform will be set up to help youth organizations share experiences and projects, ideas and visions, exchange views and collaboratively form strategies and policies to jointly promote a culture of peace. In view of the Libreville Pan-African Forum, the first task of the online platform will consist in the preparation of the terms of reference and the concrete modalities of cooperation of the Youth Network for a Culture of Peace in Africa.

The Forum will bring together the Presidents and Representatives of National Youth Councils of the 54 Member States of the African Union, the Representatives of African youth organizations recognized by UNESCO and the African Union and other relevant organizations and the Secretaries General of National Commissions for UNESCO of the Africa region.

The expected outcomes of the Forum are the following:

* The establishment of a dynamic and sustainable network of youth organizations of the African continent as well as of its governing bodies;
* The Youth Network for a culture of peace in Africa;
* Sharing best practices relating to culture of peace;
* The launch of a "Youth and Culture of Peace" International Award to support the existence of the network.

For more information:

* The concept note of the Forum
* The Forum agenda with names of participants
* The background document of the on-line platform

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Will UNESCO once again play a role in the culture of peace?,

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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 November 18, 2014.