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

While UNESCO promoted the culture of peace as its highest priorities during the Decade of the 90’s when Federico Mayor was its Director-General and when UNESCO co-ordinated the United Nations International Year for the Culture of Peace, since that time it has been less active in this regard than the United Nations in New York which has held annual high-level meetings on the culture of peace.

However, as one sees from the articles below, there is one region where UNESCO has continued to actively promote the culture of peace, and that is Africa. Its field office in Gabon has been especially active where the director, Enzo Fazzino, was part of the team at the end of the 90’s that coordinated the International Year for the Culture of Peace. Also in recent years, UNESCO has worked with Angola and Côte d’Ivoire to host several international conferences on the culture of peace, including the Biennale of Luanda which was held in its second edition in 2021.

Below are articles in CPNN about this question:

The Gloria Fuertes School of Andorra demonstrates the “transformative power of education” at the UNESCO National Meeting of Schools

National Coordinators of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network gather to reflect and share experiences

Celebrating Radio Day in Haiti

Mexico : Renowned researchers share their experience of the UNESCO Chairs of the Latin American and Caribbean Region

Ambassadors praise Angola’s efforts for peace in Africa

UNESCO-sponsored Nanjing Peace Forum

UNESCO supports young people for reflections on emerging forms of expression in order to consolidate peace, democracy and development in Africa

Biennale of Luanda: Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace 18-22 September

PAYNCoP Gabon Identifies Youth Organizations on Culture of Peace

PAYNCoP Gabon learns about the culture of peace

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

Panafrican Youth Network for the Culture of Peace Gabon : The work begins

2019 Biennial of Luanda (Angola): The initial budget has about 440 thousand euros

Angola: Culture ministry analyzes programme of Luanda Biennal

UNESCO and Angola to establish Biennal of Luanda, a Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace

Angola to pass on peace experience to UNESCO members in Paris

UNESCO supports the government of Mali to build a culture of sustainable peace

UNESCO brochure: Africa, Culture of Peace, 2017

NICO partners UNESCO on peace, security in Nigeria

Gabon: Pan-African youth commit to fight against radicalization and to promote a culture of peace

Making Waves: Local radio transforming perceptions of gender-based violence in Africa

Gabon: Pan-African Youth Forum for the Culture of Peace and the Fight Against Radicalization for the Creation of an Early Warning System in Central Africa

Gambian Youth Engage in the Promotion of Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

Second international conference on the culture of peace in Africa

Segunda conferência internacional sobre a cultura da paz em África

Sub-regional consultation on “Youth and culture of peace in Central Africa”

Launch of the Network Youth and Culture of Peace in Africa

Lancement du réseau jeunesse et culture de la paix en Afrique

Libreville Pan-African Forum: African Youth and the Challenge of the promotion of Culture of Peace in Africa

Libreville Forum Panafricain: Jeunesse africaine et le défi de la promotion de la culture de la paix en Afrique

25ème anniversaire du Congrès International sur la paix dans l’esprit des hommes à Yamoussoukro

25th anniversary of the International Congress on Peace in the Mind of Men,Yamoussoukro

Towards the creation of a network of women for a culture of peace in Africa

Sources and Resources for a Culture of Peace in Africa

África: Fundamentos e recursos para uma cultura de paz

Afrique: Sources et Ressources pour une Culture de la Paix

Young Malian aged 15 wins “Pathways to a Culture of Peace” contest

Mali : une collégienne rêve la paix en poésie et remporte un prix

At World Culture Forum, a Call for Openness and Understanding (Indonesia)

Establishment of a Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa

Création d’un Réseau de fondations et d’institutions de recherche pour la promotion d’une culture de la paix en Afrique

Participants in the Pan-African Forum Recommend the Valorization of African Culture

Building a culture of peace in Africa

Construire une culture de la paix en Afrique

Angola, UNESCO sign peace culture forum deal

Angola y UNESCO rubrican acuerdo sobre fórum de cultura de paz

Forum Panafricain sur la culture de la paix en Afrique

Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding

Les chemins de la culture de la paix: concours international pour la compréhension mutuelle

The International Forum of Reflection on the Culture of Peace in Africa opened in Abidjan

Le forum international de réflexion sur la culture de la paix en Afrique de l’ouest ouvert lundi à Abidjan

Le développement durable et culture de la paix au cœur de la 36e session de la Conférence générale de l’UNESCO

Sustainable development and culture of peace at the heart of the 36th session of UNESCO’s General Conference

El desarrollo sostenible y la cultura de la paz, en el centro de la 36ª reunión de la Conferencia General de la UNESCO

Executive Board of UNESCO reaffirms Culture of Peace as a Priority