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Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:29 - Updated Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:28

UNESCO Director-General considers Luanda Biennale as a reflection of peace

Luanda - UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said on Tuesday that the first Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace reflects the liveliness and intensity of cooperation between the African Union (AU) and UNESCO in seeking and achieving peace on the African continent.

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Logo of the Biennal of Luanda 2019

Photo: Divulgação

For Audrey Azoulay, there is nothing better than Luanda to show that peace is always possible,  as it hosted the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Rwanda and Uganda on 21 August, thanks to the effective mediation of Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo which is seen as a sign of hope.

Three days before the International Peace Day, and 30 years after the Yamoussoukro Declaration, which first defines the concept of “culture of peace,” the time has come to lead this fight for peace with more ambition and fervor.

The Luanda Biennial aims to make the culture of peace a true instrument at the service of governments and citizens, through dedicated discussion forums open especially to women and young people, but also by organizing a Festival of Cultures to celebrate wealth and diversity. Africa's cultural heritage.

The Biennial also intends to become a great gathering place for peace building. This will undoubtedly be the spirit of Luanda: a spirit of concord and fraternity, unity and solidarity.

The event is  based on three axes: Partners' Forum, Forum of Ideas/Youth Forum/Women's Forum, and a Festival of Cultures.

The first Edition of the will bring together representatives of governments, civil society, the arts, sciences and international organizations, providing a platform for reflection and dissemination of artistic works, ideas and knowledge pertaining to promotion of the culture of peace in the continent.

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