11.09.2018 - Africa Department

Peace and Security in Africa, Youth Empowerment for Peace and Sustainable development on the agenda of UNESCO’s Partners Forum

On 11 September 2018, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Africa, Firmin Edouard Matoko, and the previous president of the Panafrican Youth Network for a Culture of Peace (PAYNCoP), Lawrence Ndambuki Muli, will moderate discussions on “Fostering Sustainable Development, Peace and Security in Africa” and “ Youth Empowerment for Peace” respectively during UNESCO’s Partners Forum at its Headquarters in Paris, France.

UNESCO is bringing together, over a two-day period, its current and future stakeholders and partners, including Member States, development agencies, public and private actors. Its aims are, on the one hand, to strengthen links with its loyal and potential partners for the implementation of its flagship programmes and the nine Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, on the other hand, to engage them in projects and actions for sustainable development.

The panel discussion on “Fostering Sustainable Development, Peace and Security in Africa” will explore UNESCO's responses to the questions of peace, security and development issues in Africa, with a particular focus on the Sahel region, and the needs of youth and women, two disadvantaged groups most affected by the situation in the region.

The panelists will include the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Mali to UNESCO, H.E. Mr Oumar Keita, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO, H.E. Ms Mariam Y. Katagum, the Director-General of Central Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office of the African Development Bank Group, Ousmane Dore and the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in Mali, Mbaranga Gasarabwe.

The Forum on “Youth Empowerment for Peace”, will discuss UNESCO's involvement in peacebuilding and youth empowerment.  The panelists will be the Head of the UNESCO Global Alliance for Media and Information Literacy Youth Committee, Adama Lee Bah, a Member of the EU-Funded NET-MED Youth project and Freelance journalist at Al Sabbaq online magazine, Laetitia EL Haddad, the Winner of UNESCO’s 2016 “Estamos Comprometidos” contest, José Pedro Gioscia, a Member of UNESCO Youth and Sport Task Force and Founder of Spike and Serve, Nicole Tiamzon and finally an expert on youth and education, Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission, Christophe Masson.


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