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Luanda Biennial starts on Wednesday to promote a culture of peace in Africa

The 3rd edition of the Luanda Biennial, a pan-African forum for the culture of peace, will take place between the 22nd and 24th of November, bringing together former African heads of state and officials from UNESCO and the African Union, in the capital.


The Luanda Biennial aims to promote the prevention of violence and conflicts, through cultural exchange between African countries and intergenerational dialogue, with this year's motto "Education, Culture of Peace and African Citizenship as Tools for Sustainable Development of the Continent”.

At the event, which is the result of a partnership between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Angolan government and the African Union, government and civil society officials, the artistic and scientific community, as well as international organizations will be present. .

At the opening of the forum, in addition to President João Lourenço and the acting president of the African Union, Azali Assoumanin, the former president of Mozambique and current advisor to the African Union, Joaquim Chissano, was present.

The former heads of state of Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Malawi and the deputy director general of UNESCO, Xing Qu, will also be present.

According to João Lourenço, cited in a UNESCO statement, this forum “constitutes a privileged platform for exchange between different cultures, religions and social models, through interactive and constructive sessions to identify, promote and disseminate viable and inclusive models of peaceful conflict resolution level of the African continent, and can serve as a potentially inspiring reference for other regions of the world".

The program features six high-level panels on diverse topics such as the role of young people in promoting a culture of peace, technology and education as tools to achieve gender equality, the role of women in peace, security and development processes, the transformation of educational systems, innovative financing in the African context, economic growth prospects and climate change challenges.

The Intergenerational Dialogue, one of the highlights of the event, will bring together young participants with origins in several African countries to debate with political leaders the current challenges facing the African continent.

There will also be visits to historical monuments, cultural moments and parallel activities.


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