FESA International Conference on the Culture of Peace and the 3rd Network Meeting on September 11 and 12, 2015 in Soyo, Angola

The Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA) organized an International Conference on the Culture of Peace on September 11, 2015 in Soyo (Angola). Among the participants were the Minister of Culture, the Secretary of State for External Relations of the Republic of Angola, the Secretary of State for Human Rights and the Secretary of State for the Family and the Advancement of Women , as well as representatives of the Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa, the Youth Network for the Culture of Peace in Africa, civil society, and religious and traditional organizations.

The conference emphasized the importance of educating young people in a spirit of harmony through new technologies and social networks in order to promote peace and non-violence. The themes covered in the discussions focused on the eight areas of work of the United Nations' Culture of Peace Program, including education for citizenship and democracy, conflict prevention and resolution, media, and social media in particular, culture, arts and cultural industries, history, memory and cultural practices, human rights, gender equality, interreligious dialogue and the particularly important role played by the youth.

On September 12, 2015, the Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa held its third meeting in Soyo, Angola. It brought together eleven members of the Network. Its objectives were to take stock of the network since its inception; to define the legal and budgetary aspects, and to start the action plan for the coming year. In this regard, a number of projects were presented to the participants, including on the valorization of endogenous prevention and conflict resolution mechanisms, the Community of Best Practices and the pan-African competition for mediation in schools and universities.

Report of the Meeting

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