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English bulletin January 1, 2022

. . THE BIENNALE OF LUANDA . .

For almost a decade now, CPNN has been following the Biennale of Luanda as it strives to make Africa the first continent to adopt everywhere a culture of peace.

The process began in 2013 with the Pan-African Forum “Sources and Resources for a Culture of Peace ” held in Luanda, Angola. It was extended in by the 2nd international conference on the culture of peace in Africa , December 2016 in Luanda.

The process was formalized to occur every two years as the Biennale of Luanda, and the first Biennale was held in September 2019.

Last month, the process culminated in the Second Biennale of Luanda held from November 27 to December 2 as a hybrid programme of in-person and on-line events.

The representative of UNESCO who led this process from the beginning, Enzo Fazzino, was honored in a videoconference, as he retired after this year’s event. The account on the UNESCO website is entitled, Une étoile s’ajoute parmi les grands sages de l’UNESCO (A star is added to list of the great wise men of UNESCO).

This year’s Biennale gathered high-level participants from governments, international institutions, the private sector, the artistic and scientific communities, and many more. It was organized as an intergenerational dialogue involving young people from all the countries of the African Union, as well the diaspora.

In the end, 118 young people were selected from 49 African countries and 14 countries of the Diaspora to take part in the Biennale, of whom 10 came in person to Luanda and the others participated virtually. The youth made a number of commitments, including to “Strengthen the capacity of Pan-African youth to promote the culture of peace, identify and support youth initiatives and best practices that work towards the sustainable implementation, individually and collectively, of the concepts of the culture of peace.”

The event included a rich selection of films and shows for culture of peace in Africa. Links to videos of 20 are provided on CPNN, coming from Cape Verde, Congo, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zimbabwe, as well as the Diaspora in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Haiti, Portugal and Sweden.

The Biennale was opened by the President of Angola, João Lourenço, He recognized the involvement of the African Diaspora, “Many of Africa’s children have been leaving the continent in inhumane conditions and at the risk of their own lives in fleeing conflict zones or looking for a job and better living conditions. Regardless of their age, academic or professional background, they are all important and needed for the development of our continent. We always have the expectation that one day they will voluntarily return with the desire to contribute towards leveraging progress and development in all sectors of African national life.

Speaking as the President of the African Union, Félix Tshisekedi, assured their continued support and paid tribute to the role of youth, ““Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, in the words of the illustrious Agostinho Neto Kilamba, President and Poet, champion of the liberation of man and human brotherhood, ‘poet of sacred hopes’, we should ‘look at Africa with the eyes of the future’,”

And in her speech, UNESCO Directrice-General Audrey Azoulay said “UNESCO will continue to give its full support to this pan-African initiative, so that it is sustainable, in cooperation with the African Union and the Government of Angola. The culture of peace and non-violence is a long relay race ; it takes s a united team, generation after generation, to be victorious.”

The Biennale will be re-convened in two years, again organized by the African Union, Angola and UNESCO. In the meantime, it is up to the youth to keep the flame going.

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highlights

Highlights of the Biennale of Luanda 2021 : Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace

TOLERANCE & SOLIDARITY

youth

Youth at the Luanda Biennale – Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace

WOMEN’S EQUALITY

Phyllis

Phyllis Kotite has passed away

DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION

mercociudades

Mercociudades: A Latin American Network to Fight for More Inclusive, Egalitarian, Diverse and Supportive Cities

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

India

Indian farmers call off lengthy protest after govt assurances

DISARMAMENT & SECURITY

Dhaka

Bangladesh: Dhaka Peace Declaration Adopted

HUMAN RIGHTS

Elders

The Elders: Israel’s designation of Palestinian NGOs as “terrorist” undermines core democratic principles

EDUCATION FOR PEACE

Jalisco

Mexico: Toys and Games as Instruments of the Culture of Peace

English bulletin August 1, 2020

. SOME GOOD NEWS . .

There is a lot of bad news this month as people suffer from the spread of the pandemic, unemployment, famine, and even the threat of civil war. However, we can also find some good news.

In the U.S:

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has announced its 2020 Vision for America: a call to action. Among the 12 priorities are protecting and promoting human and civil rights and “fixing our immigration system” as well as “tackling climate change by accelerating the use of clean energy”.

The Progressive Caucus of the United States Congress announced its opposition to the Pentagon’s “wasteful and bloated” budget proposal. They have proposed an amendment that would reduce the proposed Pentagon budget by 10% and redirect savings toward health care, housing and education in poor communities.

In France :

The recent results of local elections in France are celebrated as an “Incredible Green Wave” and a “mandate to act for climate and social justice.” According to one observer, “Much of the important work done by the Greens is at the municipal level. This is where they demonstrate that they can rule. And this in turn shapes the national landscape. ”

Subsequent to the their electoral victory, mayors and ecologists on the French Left met in the city of Tours to develop a national network for sharing ideas and building common projects. Ecology was widely discussed during this meeting, with the issues of 5G, clean transport, the development of bicycle networks, ecological transition and waste treatment. Beyond the environmental issue, elected officials also worked on the city’s policies in terms of youth and precarious employment, integration of working-class communities, reception of refugees, housing and a social and solidarity economy.

In Latin America :

The city government of Guadalajara, Mexico has established an online diploma in Culture of Peace, to address to build peace in the neighborhoods and within the civil society.”

Colombia hosted the 2nd Latin American Congress of Restorative Justice. According to one of the speakers, “The culture of peace presupposes profound changes in two spheres , in the sphere of justice where it is necessary to guarantee rights, and in the political sphere where it is also necessary to transform the pattern of power domination.”

The International Folklore Festival will take place virtually, hosted by the association Abrasoffa in Brazil, on 22 and 23 August under the slogan “Folklore unites us and the world – dance for peace.”

HipHop Week’ was celebrted virtually in Cali, Colombia. The theme is “to make Hip Hop visible as a culture of peace, a culture with a political stance and in turn that can unite us as hiphoppers and as elements of culture, because we converge djs, graffiti artists, rappers and others.”

At the United Nations :

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addressed “Women Rise for All,” a virtual gathering of influential women from across different regions, sectors and generations, to examine how their leadership is shaping pandemic response and recovery that benefits all people. “Even in the midst of this devastating crisis, there is an opportunity to build a better world that works for all. That will only be possible when we recognize the value of women front and centre, together leading the way and rising for all.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered a major address for Nelson Mandela International Day, calling for a New Social Contract for a New Era. “We stand together, or we fall apart.  Today, in demonstrations for racial equality… in campaigns against hate speech… in the struggles of people claiming their rights and standing up for future generations… we see the beginnings of a new movement.  This movement rejects inequality and division, and unites young people, civil society, the private sector, cities, regions and others behind policies for peace, our planet, justice and human rights for all. It is already making a difference. . . . We are at breaking point. But we know which side of history we are on.”

HUMAN RIGHTS




UN Secretary-General: Tackling Inequality: A New Social Contract for a New Era

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Third edition of the Paris Peace Forum

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT



Russia: Ambassadors of Specially Protected Natural Territories

DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION



Mayors and Ecologists on the Left in France: A “tour de force”

          

EDUCATION FOR PEACE



More than 29 thousand people registered in the Second International Montessori Congress, a free virtual event

WOMEN’S EQUALITY



United Nations: ‘Women Rise for All’ to shape leadership in pandemic response and recovery

TOLERANCE & SOLIDARITY


Adolescents in Cuba delve into the culture of peace

DISARMAMENT & SECURITY



US: Progressive Caucus Announces Opposition to ‘Wasteful, Bloated’ $740 Billion Pentagon Budget Proposal

What is the United Nations doing for a culture of peace?

Following the Second High Level Forum of the United Nations on the Culture of Peace, Anwarul Chowdhury, a former Under-Secretary General of the UN, had this to say about what the UN is doing for a culture of peace. His remarks were published by the Independent European Daily Express.

Civil society worldwide has been in the forefront of the global movement for the culture of peace, working diligently and patiently at the grassroots level, he said.

“I find it is the governments and power structures which are the most persistent foot-draggers with regard to advancing the culture of peace through policy steps and action,” said Chowdhury, a former U.N. under-secretary-general and currently representing civil society and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace. . .

The United Nations, he pointed out, has shown great vision by adopting its historic, norm-setting Declaration and Programme of Action on the Culture of Peace in 1999, but has not been organised enough in making the document a system-wide flagship effort of the world body.

“I am a believer that the world, particularly the governments, will come to realise its true value and usefulness sooner than later,” Chowdhury said.

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This question applies to the following CPNN articles:

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Global Peace Education Day: Virtual Conference

United Nations High Level Forum: The Culture of Peace Bolsters the Potential for Sustainable Peacebuilding

Vietnam shares importance of promoting culture of peace at UN forum

United Nations Secretary-General in Japan, 5–8 August

UN rights chief concludes China trip with promise of improved relations

United Nations General Assembly Adopts Annual Culture of Peace Resolution

United Nations: Non-Violence Day offers prospect for ‘new era of peace, trust and tolerance’

UN Urged to Declare a Global Peace Education Day

United Nations High-Level Forum on The Culture of Peace: Chair’s Summary

International Day of Living Together in Peace – Joint Declaration by Mouvement de la Paix and MRAP

Opening event to launch the International Year of Peace and Trust was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

United Nations General Assembly adopts annual culture of peace resolution

Bolivia: Choquehuanca meets with the UN to “strengthen the culture of peace”

United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security Holds its Nineteenth Consultative Meeting on 16 October 2020

UN committee adopts youth resolution on disarmament and non-proliferation

United Nations General Assembly Adopts Three Resolutions on Culture of Peace

UN General Assembly celebrates 20 years of promoting a culture of peace

A Global Appeal to Save International Law

The Non-aligned Movement must continue to defend respect for sovereignty and the right to self-determination

UNAMID Holds Open Day and Hakamat (Praise Singers) Workshop in Central Darfur

8th Annual UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

United Nations: More Unified, Early Action Key for Preventing Conflict, Reducing Human Suffering, Speakers Tell Security Council

Bolivia to Foster a Culture of Peace at UN

UN event: Women’s Equality and Empowerment Advances the Culture of Peace

United Nations: Young People Discuss Change at CSW62 Youth Dialogue

United Nations: ‘Global clarion call’ for youth to shape efforts to forge peace in the most dangerous combat zones

UN General Assembly adopts Bangladesh’s resolution on a culture of peace

Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations: “# Commit2Dialogue: Partnerships for Prevention and Sustaining Peace”

Federico Mayor: The Culture of Peace: a credible pathway to sustaining peace

Synopsis of the UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government

United Nations: High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, September 2018

‘Back to Learning’ education campaign to benefit half a million children in South Sudan

Youth Solidarity Fund 2017 Edition: Project Outcomes and Capacity Building Workshop

Government of Italy and UNICEF join efforts to promote positive peace for Libyan youth

UNAMID supports demobilization of former combatants in North Darfur

UN General Assembly adopts annual resolution on culture of peace

African Union and UN sign Memorandum of Understanding for Peacebuilding

At High-Level Forum, UN stresses importance of education in building ‘culture of peace’

At UN Forum Member States call for implementation of the 1999 Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace

IPI Forum at United Nations: Advancing the Culture of Peace

United Nations High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace – 2017

Mexico: UNICEF carries out Culture of Peace Pilot Program

Senegal: A regional seminar on “The role of journalists and the media in preventing violence”

Senegal: Un séminaire régional sur « Le rôle des journalistes et des médias dans la prévention de la violence

UN: Consultation in Panama brings together youth from Latin Americans to discuss peace and security

ONU: Consulta no Panamá reúne jovens latino-americanos para discutir paz e segurança

UN Security Council underlines need to halt proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

Le Conseil de sécurité mobilise les États Membres pour empêcher les acteurs non étatiques d’acquérir des armes de destruction massive

Chinese diplomat calls for new security concept at UN debate

Making history in the United Nations: the General Assembly adopts a Declaration on the Right to peace promoted by civil society organizations

‘Cyprus can be symbol of hope’ the world badly needs, says UN chief Guterres as conference opens

Over 100 countries sponsor annual resolution on the culture of peace at the UN General Assembly

ONU: La reunificación de Chipre puede ser para el mundo un símbolo de esperanza

Chypre peut être le symbole d’espoir dont le monde a besoin, selon le chef de l’ONU

UN Adopts Cuban Resolutions on Peace and Rejection of Mercenaries

Cuba defiende en ONU derecho de la humanidad a vivir en paz

United Nations: World needs ‘Culture of Peace’

United Nations High Level Thematic Debate on Peace and Security: Closing remarks

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

UN chief candidates pressed on how to tackle global challenges

Annual Report of The Elders

It’s Campaign Season for UN Secretary General…And It Is Pretty Radical

UN adopts Bangladesh-sponsored resolution on “culture of peace”

UN: High Level Forum on a Culture of Peace-2015

UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace-2014

Two Modes of UN Peacebuilding

At high-level forum, top UN officials stress importance of individual in ‘culture of peace’

Lors d’un forum de haut niveau, des responsables de l’ONU soulignent la primauté de l’individu dans une «culture de paix»

The Second United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

Briefing at UN: Determined to Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War

Department of Political Affairs revamps UN Peacemaker

Member States Support Culture of Peace at the UN

Secretary-General’s Remarks at UN Culture of Peace Debate

Education crucial to engender a ‘culture of peace,’ UN officials stress at General Assembly

Assemblée générale de l’ONU: l’éducation, vecteur de paix, selon le Secrétaire général

United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

“Noteworthy” 2011 International Peace Day at the UN

They had to listen! Lobbying for a culture of peace at the UN

United Nations 60th Birthday: Two Simple Ideas for Reform

Annual Meeting of NGOs at United Nations: Development But Not Peace

Culture of Peace and the Evolution of Consciousness

UN Adopts New Resolution on Culture of Peace

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