Building peace in the minds of men and women

Promoting a culture of peace and non-violence

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Mali’s Minister of Culture, Bruno Maiga laying the first brick on the mausoleums of Sheik Baber Baba Idjè and Sheik Mahamane Al Fullani, in presence of Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
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UNESCO is working towards a truly global movement for fostering a culture of peace and non-violence worldwide.

While opportunities for sustainable development in Africa are growing, the continent still faces many challenges including the risk of major instability and conflict. UNESCO advocates for the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence in Africa based on African shared values.

Partners can join UNESCO in its efforts to promote a culture of peace and non violence through activities geared to the following objectives:

  • Strengthening peace and non-violence through education, advocacy and media including ICTs and social networks

  • Developing the use of heritage and contemporary creativity as tools for building peace through dialogue

  • Strengthening social cohesion and contributing to the African Renaissance through the introduction of the General History of Africa into formal and non-formal education settings

  • Promoting scientific and cultural cooperation for the management of natural transboundary resources

  • Empowering and engaging young people, women and men

Since its inception, UNESCO has been working towards a truly global movement for fostering a culture of peace and non-violence worldwide and has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the lead agency for many prominent global initiatives for promoting peace.

In Africa a number of key initiatives recently undertaken in the continent, include  the Pan-African Forum: “Sources and resources for a culture of peace”, (Luanda, Angola - March 2013), jointly organized by UNESCO, the African Union and the Angolan Government ", as well as the formulation in partnership with ECOWAS of harmonized orientations on education to human rights, culture of peace, citizenship, democracy, regional integration and sustainable development in schools, and the elaboration of a transboundary management framework for the Lake Chad Basin.

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