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Biennale of Luanda 2021: Global Alliance of Partners pledges to promote the Culture of Peace during Closing Ceremony

Biennale 2021

Luanda, 30 November – The open access sessions of the second edition of the Biennale of Luanda came to a close today with the launch of the Alliance of Partners, a global, multi-stakeholder and intersectoral partnership committed to the promotion of the culture of peace on the African continent.

“The culture of peace must be everyone’s heritage” said Carolina Cerqueira, State Minister for Social Affairs of Angola.

During the Closing Ceremony of the Biennale, a Final Communiqué and a road map on the implementation of flagship initiatives were adopted, materialising partners’ commitment towards a common cause: the future of the African continent. The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) acknowledged their role, responsibility and commitment in the process of perpetuating the culture of peace and non-violence in Africa in a Joint Declaration adopted by their high representatives, which also includes the signing of an Agreement between UNESCO, the Government of Angola, and ECCAS.

Day 4 of the Biennale also saw the last two last Thematic Forums take place. The four Forums brought together best practices and partners interested in peace and sustainable development in order to develop, on a larger scale, projects and initiatives that have proven to be successful on the African continent, at the local, national or sub-regional level. Some of the young leaders participating in the Intergenerational Dialogue exchanged with experts and panelists from all across Africa and the Diasporas on those topics.

“It is very important to ensure that young people do not become entrepreneurs of violence but become entrepreneurs of peace and social cohesion.” Said Alioune Ndiaye, Head of Peace and Citizenship Division, Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO)

“We believe new narratives are based on the culture of peace and many other principles used to elevate the history of Africa as a continent.” declared Pauline Batista, a young leader from Brazil.

The Closing Ceremony was held at the Fortaleza Fortress in Luanda where welcome addresses were given by Bineta Diop, Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Santiago Irazabal Mourão, President of the UNESCO General Conference, and Carolina Cerqueira, State Minister for Social Affairs of Angola.

“The culture of peace and non-violence is a long-distance relay race; it is as a united team that we will achieve it.” said Vincenzo Fazzino, International Coordinator of the Biennale of Luanda, on behalf of Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General.

The Biennale Joint Communiqué, of the participants of the Biennale of Luanda, was read by Janice Khumalo, the Youth Engagement Officer of the African Union Commission Youth Division.

The Biennale will continue on the 1 and 2 December with private partnership sessions, during which partners from various sectors and personalities will come to present their projects and best practices around the 4 themes of the Biennale.

All the sessions of the Biennale of Luanda 2021 are available for replay on the Biennale website.

 

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