Achiev­ing peace in our time

African lead­ers gather for sum­mit

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APEACE con­fer­ence draw­ing African lead­ers from across the con­ti­nent be­gins to­day at the Westin Ho­tel. The ground­break­ing con­fer­ence ti­tled “African Lead­ers of Peace Sum­mit: achiev­ing peace in our life­time” will ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, showcase “the Africa that our fore­fa­thers dreamt of – an Africa that is flour­ish­ing and at the fore­front of achiev­ing peace”.

South Africa is al­ready an ac­tive con­trib­u­tor to­ward peace and sta­bil­ity on the con­ti­nent.

In line with the theme for this year’s Africa Day cel­e­bra­tions, “A year of Nel­son Man­dela – Build­ing a bet­ter Africa and a bet­ter world’, South Africa is play­ing a lead­ing role in as­sist­ing with the AU’s ef­forts to re­solve con­flicts.

The con­fer­ence will bring to­gether cit­i­zens from across south­ern Africa in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment min­is­ters, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, youth, re­li­gious lead­ers and me­dia, as well as spe­cial guests in­clud­ing African heroes of peace and No­bel lau­re­ates and will fo­cus on “prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to achiev­ing peace in our life­time”.

The or­gan­is­ers said: “None of us are safe from the many threats, and although there have been nu­mer­ous ef­forts to achieve peace, it is hard to deny that we are still liv­ing in fear of los­ing our lives to ter­ror­ism, gang­ster­ism and other forms of vi­o­lence.

“Recog­nis­ing the imminent threat posed by con­flicts and wars, civil so­ci­ety and gov­ern­ments across the world have been work­ing to­gether with a clear pur­pose, to end all wars and re­place a cul­ture of vi­o­lence with a cul­ture of peace.”

The or­gan­is­ers hope the con­fer­ence will pro­vide a plat­form for former and cur­rent lead­ers of Africa to ad­vo­cate an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional di­a­logue to pro­mote sus­tain­able peace and se­cu­rity and de­velop a le­gal frame­work for a con­flict-free Africa.

They want a res­o­lu­tion to es­tab­lish a le­gal frame­work for peace that can be im­ple­mented at both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level, the Dec­la­ra­tion of Peace and Ces­sa­tion of War will be dis­cussed in the var­i­ous ses­sions in­clud­ing peace ed­u­ca­tion.

The dec­la­ra­tion ad­dresses prin­ci­ples of con­flict res­o­lu­tion and in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion for peace­build­ing such as re­spect of the in­ter­na­tional law, peace­ful dis­pute set­tle­ment and spread­ing a cul­ture of peace. – Staff Re­porter

PIC­TURE:

BEAU­TI­FUL NOISE: The record-break­ing en­sem­ble makes mu­sic at the Tyger Val­ley Shop­ping Cen­tre.

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