12.07.2018 - Africa Department

UNESCO and CEDS act for peacebuilding in Africa

In the framework of a cooperation agreement, the CEDS (Centre d’études diplomatiques et stratégiques) and UNESCO’s Africa Department organized a conference on Diplomacy, Economy and Culture for Peace in Africa at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 2 July 2018.

The opening session set the tone for the conference with the keynote speeches of H.E. Ms Zohour Alaoui, President of the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference, Mr Pascal Chaigneau, Director of the HEC Center for Geopolitics and Dean of the CEDS, and Mr Firmin Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director-General of the Africa Department at UNESCO. All three speakers emphasized the importance of promoting a culture of peace as an essential element of Africa’s development.

« UNESCO is aware that women, civil society and young people are, more than ever before, actors of change and vectors of peace; that is why we support the creation of specialized pan-African networks that act daily to promote the culture of peace » Mr Matoko

The conference was a platform for dynamic engagement and exchange between participants and the speakers, including H.E. Mr Ahmed Sayyad, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Yemen to UNESCO, and H.E. Mr Diekumpuna Sita N'Sadisi José, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Angola to UNESCO. The debates focused on three main themes: “National diplomacies, state intervention and peace in Africa"; "The promotion of a culture of peace in Africa"; ​​and, "The economy of peace".

This event brought together some 400 people including diplomats, Permanent Delegates to UNESCO from African and non-African Member States, intellectuals and researchers, politicians, students, journalists, members of civil society and representatives of international organizations, such as UNESCO and UNDP.

The conference benefited from the intellectual input of the CEDS faculty and the multidisciplinary expertise of UNESCO. It benefited also from the expertise of the Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa.

This event is organized in the framework of UNESCO's operational strategy for Priority Africa and the mandate of the CEDS to enhance and deepen the knowledge of international civil servants, military attachés and diplomats in diplomacy.

Programme of the event.

Photo gallery.

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