The debate is part of the third edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development, which will take place between the 21st and 22nd of June in Cairo, in a hybrid model - face-to-face and digital, announced Ahmed Abdellatif, director general of the International Center Cairo for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, which organizes the Forum.
Under the theme "Africa in an era of cascading risks and climate vulnerability: Pathways to a peaceful, resilient and sustainable continent", the Forum will focus on various factors that influence peace and security on the continent, namely climate change or the food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, but also culture and heritage.
"Africa is rich in cultural diversity. Last year, the theme of the year of the African Union was Cultural Heritage and Peace, how can we use cultural heritage for peace", recalled the official in a press conference to present the Aswan Forum.
Abdellatif recalled that, since the previous edition of the Aswan Forum, in 2021, the organization has a partnership with the Luanda Biennale - Pan-African Forum for Culture and Peace, an initiative of the Government of Angola and the United Nations to Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).
"There is a link between us, a Forum on peace and security that recognizes the importance of culture for peace and the Luanda Biennale, which is a forum more focused on culture, but which also recognizes the importance of culture. different sides of the equation, but that's what we need," he said.
"We need the culture-oriented and peace and security-oriented forums to come together and break down barriers," he added.
Therefore, in this year's edition of the Aswan Forum there will be "a session on the culture of peace, with the Luanda Biennial, UNESCO and the Government of Angola, with artists who will talk about their experiences and initiatives in this regard", he concluded.