The African Union (AU) on Saturday urged African countries and pan African institutions to exert concerted efforts in promoting strategic partnerships as a key pillar towards building a culture of peace and non-violence across the African continent.
The statement was made by the AU Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, during the ongoing first-ever edition of the Pan African Forum for the Culture of Peace, which runs until September 22 in the Angolan capital, Luanda, the 55-member pan African bloc revealed in a statement issued on Saturday.
“The first edition of the Forum, which was endorsed by the 24th AU Summit in January 2015, is an opportunity for us to assess the state of peace on the continent, and to explore ways on how to cultivate and sustain it,” the AU Commission chairperson told the high-level continental forum.
“The Forum, which brings together expertise from diverse fields, should make an analysis without fear or favor, towards the appropriation of the culture of peace in Africa,” Faki stressed.
The inaugural peace building-themed continental forum, which mainly envisaged to promote a pan-African movement for a culture of peace and non-violence, is underway with three major thematic aspirations.
According to the AU, the forum, with an aim to build an alliance for Africa, among other things, aimed to scale-up strategic programs and projects for peace and sustainable development throughout the continent.
It also envisaged to disseminate good practices and strategies for the prevention, management, and mitigation of conflicts, as well as to showcase the cultural diversity on the continent and the diaspora, as a demonstration of African resilience and innovation, it was noted.
The ongoing high-level forum is jointly organized by the 55-member pan African bloc in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Enditem