Peace in the mind of men and women
International Day of Peace and 25th anniversary of the International Congress on Peace in the Mind of Men, Yamoussoukro - Ivory Coast
"Peace is reverence for life.
Peace is the most precious possession of humanity.
Peace is more than the end of armed conflict.
Peace is a mode of behaviour.
Peace is a deep-rooted commitment to the principles of liberty,
justice, equality and solidarity among all human beings.
Peace is also a harmonious partnership of humankind with the environment.
Today, on the eve of the twenty-first century, peace is within our reach."
Preamble of Yamoussoukro declaration on peace in the mind of men, 1989
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.
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
- 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