Building bridges between generations dedicated to a peaceful Africa
This year, UNESCO, the African Union and the Government of Angola co-organised the second edition of the Biennale of Luanda. On the first day took place the Intergenerational Dialogue of Leaders and Young People, whose central theme discussed was “Cultural and Heritage Diversity of Africa and its Diasporas: Fires of Conflict or Ground of Peace?”
A little background on the Intergenerational Dialogue
The Plan of Action for a Culture of Peace in Africa/Make Peace Happen was adopted in March 2013, in Luanda, Angola, during the Pan-African Forum on Sources and Resources for a Culture of Peace. As part of its implementing efforts, the Biennale of Luanda was first held in September 2019. Along with the Festival of Cultures, the Alliance of Partners and the Thematic and Best Practices Forum, the Intergenerational Dialogue is one of the main foundational axes of the Biennale of Luanda. Together, they aim to strengthen the Pan-African Movement for a culture of peace and non-violence in Africa.
Johnpaul Ekene Ikwelle, Young Leader
In the first edition, more than 1300 young people engaged both online and on sitein the Youth Forum to share experiences and discuss recommendations to Member States, the African Union, the UN Systems as well as to PAYNCOP and youth organisations around two main topics – Youth, Peace and Security, and Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the African continent. In its second edition, the Biennale of Luanda continued to consolidate its commitments by building bridges of dialogue between leaders and young people dedicated to promoting a lasting culture of peace and non-violence in the African continent. In the framework of the AU Theme of the year 2021 “Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want” and in prolongation of the Theme of the year 2020 (extended to 2030) “Silencing the guns” , the Intergenerational Dialogue revolved around the question “Cultural and Heritage Diversity of Africa and its Diasporas: Fires of Conflict or Ground of Peace?”.
Involving the African Youth in the Biennale of Luanda!
For the Biennale of Luanda 2021, more than a hundred young participants from all over the world – particularly focused on the AU countries and the Diaspora – took part in the Intergenerational Dialogue with Ministers in charge of Youth and Culture to debate on the importance of cultural and heritage diversity of Africa and its Diasporas to promote the culture of peace in the continent.
The youth and leaders discussed topics such as the national appropriation of the Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (October 2003), the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (October 2005) and their positive impact on encouraging peaceful; coexistence and interaction of different cultural identities and heritage across Africa; and, secondly, to question the relationship of young people with their culture and how they build their cultural identity in their relationship to otherness.
Salimatou Fatty, Young Human Rights Activist
An Online Dialogue!
Following an online call for applications launched on 30 June 2021, more than 100 young people from Africa and its diasporas (young women and men) were selected to participate in the Intergenerational Dialogue 2021.
The selected youth will co-develop and implement a Programme entitled "Youth engaged in the Panafrican movement for a culture of peace and non-violence", whose objective is to enable the effective participation of young people and their organisations in the Intergenerational Dialogue and in the Thematic and Best Practice Forums of the Biennale of Luanda, as well as their effective contribution, in the medium and long term, to the Pan-African Movement for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.
An initiative organized in collaboration with ICESCO
The Intergenerational Dialogue was organised in collaboration with the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO). ICESCO is an international non-profit organization emanating from the Organization of islamic Cooperation, specializing in the fields of education, science and culture.
More than 100 Young People from 49 African Countries & 13 Diasporas!
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, France, Haiti, Peru, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Sweden.
who participated in the Intergenerational Dialogue
Peace Messages from Afrodescendant Youth from Latin America
Shadya Harvey, a young Afrodescendant from Santa Marta, Colombia, talks about the meaning of being a woman of African descent, the role of young women in peacebuilding, and the importance of the cultural and patrimonial diversity of Africa and its diasporas.
Peace Messages from Colombia!
María Ramos, a young Afrodescendant from Cali, Colombia, talks about the meaning of being a woman of African descent and the importance of empowering girls and women, and fighting structural racism.
Inspiring Resources on African Youth
Young leader from Cameroon & participant of the Biennale 2019!