Neto Júnior, spokesperson for the Multisectoral Commission of the Luanda Biennial, quoted in a statement from CIPRA, to which VerAngola had access, said that "this dialogue sets the difference compared to previous editions".
"In addition to the themes that are being prepared and several panels, the way in which young people will be able to question heads of state, the permanent interaction between the different actors involved in the process of maintaining and achieving peace could be a different way of approaching", said the person in charge, who was speaking this Tuesday at the fourth session to present the activities carried out in the last 15 days.
As part of the event's program, the spokesperson said that on the 22nd and 23rd of November, the Biennial will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel and that the 24th "is reserved for several sessions and parallel events".
"With regard to the review of the activities of the last 15 days, the highlight falls on the extraordinary session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC, which took place on the 4th of November, in Luanda, where Member States addressed the peace solutions to overcome the crisis in Eastern DRC", the statement reads.
According to the note, the aforementioned summit "represented yet another effort" by the President of the Republic, in his capacity as acting president of SADC, "committed to promoting regional stability and security, who was given a mandate to intensify diplomatic efforts between the DRC and Rwanda, to achieve lasting peace".
On the 26th of October, a session took place in Paris "to present information about the Luanda Biennial, under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where its deputy director for Africa and Foreign Affairs, Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, reiterated the importance of peace in the current global context and highlighted President João Lourenço's commitment to promoting peace on the continent", the statement reads.
At the colloquium under the motto "Cultural and Creative Industries and the Restitution of African Cultural Heritage", which took place on October 27th in Addis Ababa, in an initiative of UNESCO, the African Union and the International Organization of Francophonie, the Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the African Union, Miguel Bembe, "argued that the Luanda Biennial will contribute to the implementation, among other objectives, of UNESCO's Operational Strategy and its programs that define priorities for Africa (2022-2029)", adds the statement.
It should be noted that this edition will take place under the theme "Education, Culture of Peace and African Citizenship as Tools for the Sustainable Development of the Continent".
As a joint initiative by Angola, in partnership with UNESCO and the African Union, the Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence - Luanda Biennial takes place every two years in Angola, aiming to "encourage the prevention of violence and conflicts, through cultural exchange between African countries and inter-generational dialogue".