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09.04.2018 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Youth, as actors for National Peace and Reconciliation in Mali

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29 March 2018, Bamako- The UNESCO office in Bamako, alongside OIM and UNICEF, launched a shared project titled “Youth for National Peace and Reconciliation”; the project was set up to accelerate the implementation of the agreement for national peace and reconciliation in Mali.

 

“Youth for National Peace and Reconciliation” is a joint project between UNICEF-OIM-UNESCO. It was set up to accelerate the implementation of the agreement for national peace and reconciliation in Mali (resulting from the Algiers process), by operationalizing the new mechanism set up by the Regional Support Teams for National Reconciliation on the one hand; by involving and empowering youth and women in the implementation of the G5 Sahel youth strategy and the fight against cross-border trafficking and exploitation of youth on the other hand. Up to now, a large part of peace consolidation project was implemented in North Mali, but today, the central part of the country also has high needs in terms of conflict prevention and conflict resolution. The project, thus, directly targets 2500 young people, of whom 900 are young women from 25 municipalities in the region of Segou and Mopti.

The project, officially launched on 29 March 2018 in Bamako, witnessed the participation of the Ministry of Youth and Citizen Construction and the spokesperson of the government, Ministry of Digital Economy and Communication, the Secretary General of the Ministry of National Reconciliation and Social Cohesion, MINUSMA, UNESCO, UNICEF and OIM. Several youth organizations were present on the occasion including the National Youth Council, Association of Young People for Active Citizenship and Democracy, the Children’s Parliament of Mali and the Association for Promoting Child Journalists and Communicators.

The participants and the youth, alongside the various dignitaries present, insisted on the importance of the dynamics of peaceful culture and social harmony in order to avoid risks of conflicts. Mr. Amadou Koita, minister of Youth and Citizen Construction, and his counterparts in communication and national reconciliation thanked the technical and financial partners, particularly the MINUSMA, an organization that believed in the youth ability to promote peace and social harmony, while demonstrating their commitment and support for this project, which perfectly fits the vision of the State highest officials. The minister emphasized: “My counterparts who are present here and myself support you in this noble initiative, because these actions prepare the youth to take full advantage of their role, which is important in the implementation of the agreement for national peace and reconciliation resulting from the Algiers process.”

In her address, Ms. Lucia Elmi, UNICEF representative in Mali and the spokesperson for the three agencies, reminded that the future rests on the youth and that it is through youth that a lasting peace can be built. Convinced by this project, the youth can give their opinions and can positively influence the research on peace while assuring the prevention of conflicts. She also stressed that this project will allow to popularize the agreement for national peace and reconciliation resulting from the Algiers process. In the end, she added, “iInvesting in youth so that they become the artisans of peace, actors for peace, guarantees a better future for this country.”

Financed by up to 1.4 million FCFA from the Peace Building Fund from the Stabilisation and Recovery Section of the MINUSMA, this project aims at reinforcing the commitment of youth and women as actors of peace in order to strengthen social harmony, communal dialogue, living together and the development of the youth potential.

 

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