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21  September 2011, Addis Ababa:The  International Day of Peace  (Peace Day) was commemorated  today at  the African Union Headquarters  in Addis Ababa.In  calling for complete cessation of hostilities around the world, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon  in  his  remarks,  read  on  his  behalf  by  his  Special  Representative,Zachary Muburi-Muita, called on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts. 

Reinforcing  these  sentiments,  the  AU  Commission  Chairperson,  in  a message  that was  read by  the Commissioner  for Peace and Security, RamtaneLamamra called on all  Africans  to  contribute  to making  sustainable  peace  a  reality,  even  through  the expression of  small  acts  of  kindness  to one  another.  “These  are  the  simple  things that make this day special,” he added. 

Speaker  after  speaker  gave  a  positive  assessment  of  the  progress  achieved  in addressing  various  conflicts  across  Africa.  Despite many  daunting  security  related challenges  facing  the  continent  they  predicted  a  positive  outlook  in  terms  of  the prospects of Africa achieving sustainable peace and security, which are the bedrock of achieving economic growth and development.

The event  took place amidst other activities undertaken by  various actors,  ranging from  African  governments,  international  partners,  civil  society  actors,  research nstitutions, private sector and various grassrootmovementsto celebrate the day At the  AU  headquarters,  the  day  was marked  with  a  special  focus  on  the  plight  of women  and  children  in  armed  conflicts,  through  a  symposium organised by United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).   

Reports  received  by  the  AU  from  various  quarters  indicated  increased  and widespread uptake of Peace Day and  related actions  to promote peace across  the continent.Every  year  the  celebration of Peace Day provides an opportunity  for  the U to assess the progress made in terms of achieving sustainable peace and security as well  as  to  evaluate  the  challenges  faced with  an  aim  towards  finding  concrete Solutions.

 

Posted by Tchioffo Kodjo
Last updated by Abraham Kebede

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