Different words, same language: peace
It's the slogan of the youth Campaign for a Culture of peace's promotion in Central Africa. Launched on July 9, 2016 in Libreville, the said campaign is an initiative of Panafrican Youth Network for the Culture of Peace (PAYNCOP) in association with Gabonese section of the UN Young African Leaders Organizations (ROJALNU/Gabon) and the National Youth Council of Gabon (CNJG in French). Started in Gabon, the initiative will run till September 21, 2016 in all central Africa countries.
As highlighted by Stéphane Nzé Nguéma, Permanent Secretary of PAYNCOP, this campaign, inspired by the Luanda's Action Plan for a Culture of Peace, has as objective to spark in each young the realization of actions he or she can undertake daily to live peace and non-violence.
By joining the initiative, the Network of UN Young African Leaders Organizations - Gabonese section (ROJALNU/Gabon) and National Youth Council of Gabon aim at contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, especially objective 16 which calls for just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
The campaign is supported by UNESCO, UNOCA (United Nations Office in Central Africa) and UN System in Gabon.
Mrs. Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry, UN Resident Coordinator in Gabon, in her opening remark, underlined the necessity to "support youths' message in favor of peace, particularly during electoral period".
Speaking on the occasion of the launching ceremony, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of UN General Secretary in Central Africa, has reminded participants of an important resolution, adopted in December 2015 by the UN Security Council. The resolution highlights "young men and women role in the realization of peace and the fight against all forms of violence" and recognizes "the imperative necessity to mobilize young artisans of peace for the promotion of peace and fight against extremism".
The campaign benefitted from artistic contribution of Annie-Florence Batchiellilys, a Gabonese singer and song writer. The official song "Donnons la paix (Let's give peace)" of the initiative was written by her with youth.
During the press conference, the young people shared their experience as well as the emotional and intellectual meanings they gained from their participation in the campaign implementation.
A score of national and international media organizations have already pledged to be part of the campaign. Their commitment focuses on broadcasting, through relevant channels, the media elements produced with the support of Institut Gabonais de l'Image et du Son (IGIS). Those elements are made of: song, video clip, TV spot ad, radio spot ad, and banner for web and newspaper.