Resources on the Culture of Peace

Discover on this page all the resources about the culture of peace and about the people who have shaped it.


“Let us draw together on our values, our traditions, our culture to find the path to prosperity and peace.”​

Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize 2018


The Culture of Peace consists

“of values, attitudes and behaviors that reflect and inspire social interaction and sharing based on the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, all human rights, tolerance and solidarity, that reject violence and endeavor to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation and that guarantee the full exercise of all rights and the means to participate fully in the development process of their society"


The Biennale of Luanda 2021's Brochure

Discover the newly released brochure published by the African Union, UNESCO and the Governement of Angola!

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Federico Mayor Zaragosa & the History of the Culture of Peace

"A culture of peace is a set of values, attitudes and behaviors that reflect in depth respect for equal human dignity and human rights."

Federico Zaragosa Mayor, former Director of UNESCO (1987-1999), and current Director of the Culture of Peace Foundation, talks about the genesis of the culture of peace and about UNESCO's central role in it.

Lalla Ben Barka Talks about the History of the Culture of Peace

In the run-up to the Biennale of Luanda 2021, Lalla Ben Barka, Former Assistant Director-General for UNESCO’s Africa Department, talks about the history of the culture of peace. Watch the video to learn more about the meaning of the concept of the "culture of peace"

UNESCO ADG Firmin Edouard Matoko Talks about the Culture of Peace

What is the culture of peace? And what role does the Biennale of Luanda play in it? Watch the speech of Firmin Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director-General, Sector for Priority Africa and External Relations, UNESCO, to find out!

Forest Whitaker talks about the Culture of Peace

"Peace is never a given. Peace must be constantly nurtured through efforts by everyone." — Forest Whitaker, Actor, UN SDG Advocate & UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation. Watch his keynote address on the Culture of Peace, delivered at the opening ceremony of the Biennale of Luanda 2021.

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.


Peace Messages from the 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.


What Unites Us / Peace-Geneva-Africa

The video focuses on the very basic question of what unites us despite all the differences in beliefs, traditions, and identities.

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Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Prize 1992

“Peace is the daughter of coexistence, education and dialogue. Respect for millenary cultures gives birth to peace in the present.”

Rigoberta Menchú Tum