CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of April 1, 2020

Overcoming the Crisis Together

Viewed from the perspective of the culture of peace, the medical and economic crisis associated with the coronavirus can be seen as an opportunity as well as a calamity.

As discussed in the blog Has the crash arrived ?, it may provide us with the opportunity to make the transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace ? The scenario was foreseen In the novella I have seen the promised land written in 2008 which foresaw a global economic crash in the year 2020, opening the possibility for this radical transformation.

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of March 1, 2020

Cities Take the Lead

Nuclear disarmament. New York City is becoming the most recent city to plan for divestment of their funds from the nuclear weapons industry. Public hearings in the city on January 28 heard from a wide range of speakers in favor of this action. Speakers included the global campaign, Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, Mayors for Peace, young peope from Peace Boat and a representrative from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Participants at the hearing expressed their love of the city and strong unwillingness to see New York, or any other place on the Earth, to be exposed to the threat of irreversible destruction that nuclear weapons poses.

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of February 1, 2020

Military Swallows up THE AMERICAN BUDGET

Usually this bulletin puts the emphasis on positive actions that promote the culture of peace. But this month, it seems that the most important events were negative, and we need to look at them in detail.

In particular, the principal center of the American empire, the budget of the United States, is being almost completely swallowed up by military spending. Last month, the US congress, both Republicans and Democrats voted to adopt a military budget of $738 billion dollars.

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of October 1, 2019

The Pope and Culture of Peace

Pope Francis is committing the Catholic Church to nuclear disarmament, sustainable development and the rights of indigenous peoples, key components of the culture of peace.

Speaking in Hiroshima on November 23, he said that “The use of atomic energy for the purpose of war is today more than ever a crime not only against the dignity of human beings, but against any possible future for our common home.”

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of November 1, 2019


This year, the Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. Readers of CPNN may be already familiar with his contribution to ending the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a conflict that had been going on for decades despite a peace deal that was signed some 18 years ago. In announcing the award the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that they hope that the Prize “will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation.”

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of October 1, 2019


In our survey this year we found 655 actions for the International Day of Peace that took place throughout the world. It is more or less the same number as last year, although we counted them in a different way this year.

The theme this year, decided by the United Nations, was climate action for peace. In this way the theme of peace was linked to the enormous mobilizations against climate change that took place this month throughout the world.

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Report of the 5th Network Meeting held on September 21, 2019 in conjunction with the Luanda 2019 Biennale in Angola


On Saturday, September 21, 2019, the meeting of the members of the Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa was held at the Agostino Neto Memorial in Luanda, Angola, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following organizations participated in this meeting:

  • Eduardo Dos Santos Foundation, Angola
  • Antonio Agostino Neto Foundation, Angola
  • The UNESCO National Commission of Angola
  • The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Foundation, Côte d’Ivoire
  • UNESCO Chair for the Culture of Peace, Côte d’Ivoire
  • The UNESCO Transdisciplinary Chair in Human Development and Culture of Peace, Italy
  • The Pan-African Centre for Gender, Peace and Development, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), Senegal

Sorry, Professor Charles Binam Bikoi of the International Research and Documentation Centre on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA) sent his comments and suggestions in writing.

The agenda of the meeting was as follows:

  • Welcome address by Mr. Joao de Deus, President of the Network and Director of the Eduardo Dos Santos Foundation
  • Review of the Network’s activities and revision of the statutes and internal regulations
  • The renewal of the members of the Executive Board
  • The presentation of the Laboratory/School of Transdisciplinary Knowledge of Cultures for Sustainable Development and Peace, by Professor Paolo Orefice
  • Development and adoption of the action plan
  • Closing remarks by the President of the Network

In his opening address, the current President of the Network, Mr. Joao de Deus Pereira, welcomed all participants. He maintained the meeting despite last-minute defections by some Network members who, for various reasons, were unable to travel to Luanda. The major problems in the life of our Network require decisions that can no longer be postponed.

 After having the agenda adopted, Mr. Joao de Deus opened the proceedings of the Network’s ordinary meeting.

The floor was given to Mr. Jean-Noël Loucou, Permanent Secretary of the Network for the presentation of the Network’s Activity Report for the calendar year from September 2017 to September 2018. This report contains three sections devoted respectively to the implementation of the recommendations of the last General Assembly, and to the functioning and activities of the Network. On the first point, due diligence was carried out on the Network’s legal recognition procedure, the application for affiliation to UNESCO and the preparation of a budget. On the second point relating to the functioning, the Network held the annual meetings of its General Assembly. It received eight new applications for membership, one of which was confirmed. The Network’s website was completely renovated in 2017 and is managed by a community manager. Finally, the third part of the report referred to scientific and cultural activities. The Network thus organized three scientific symposia and participated, through the President and the Permanent Secretary, in three scientific meetings organized by UNESCO at its Paris headquarters.

After a brief discussion, the report was approved by all participants.

The Assembly then decided on the amendment of the Network’s statutes and rules of procedure. The Articles of Association have been amended to include two auditors and two treasurers. Articles 2, 5, 17 and 18 have been stylistically corrected. A new article (Article 21) has been added on Network projects that receive funding. It reads as follows.  “Article 21: These projects shall pay the Network a percentage of between 5 and 10 per cent of the amounts. “The internal regulations have been amended to take into account these amendments to the Articles of Association.

On the renewal of the members of the Executive Bureau of the Network, the participants approved the following list which includes 20 members:

Presidency: Eduardo Dos Santos Foundation (Angola)

Permanent Secretariat: Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (Côte d’Ivoire).

Deputy Secretariat: Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA), Senegal.

Members of the Executive Board

North Africa: Cairo Regional Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping Training (Egypt).

East Africa: University for Peace-Africa Programme (Ethiopia); Centre for Peace and Development Studies (South Sudan).

West Africa: UNESCO Chair for the Culture of Peace (Côte d’Ivoire); Society for Peace Studies (Nigeria); Women Africa Solidarity (FAS), Senegal.

Central Africa: International Research and Documentation Centre on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA), Cameroon; Agostino Neto Foundation (Angola); Omar Bongo Ondimba Foundation for Peace, Science and Environment (Gabon); UNESCO Chair for the Culture of Peace (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Southern Africa: UNESCO “Oliver Tambo” Chair for Human Rights (South Africa); Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA), Mozambique.

Diaspora: Whitaker Initiative for Peace and Development (United States).

Regional institutions: Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Ethiopia.

Non-Regional: Culture of Peace Foundation (Spain); Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique (CEPS), France; UNESCO Transdisciplinary Chair in Human Development and Culture of Peace (Italy).

The headquarters of the Network is located in Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire), at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research.

The fourth item on the agenda was devoted to the presentation by Professor Paolo Orefice of the Laboratory/School of Transdisciplinary Knowledge of Cultures for Sustainable Development and Peace, which is part of the 2017/2021 project of the UNESCO Chair at the University of Florence (Italy). It is in line with the sustainable development objectives of Agenda 2030.

Finally, the Assembly elaborated and adopted an action plan that defines the actions to be carried out by the Network in the short and medium term.

In his closing address, the President of the Network, Mr. Joao de Deus, thanked the participants for their presence and active participation in the life of the Network. He called for the rapid implementation of the action plan and greater visibility of foundations and research institutions and their activities among citizens and national and international institutions.


Done at Luanda, September 21, 2019

The Permanent Secretary of the Network

Jean-Noël LOUCOU

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