African Union opens Peace Studio to foster stability in Africa

Afrique en ligne The African Union Commission on Sunday officially inaugurated the ‘Make Peace Happen Peace Studio’ as part of the implementation of the 2010 Year of Peace and Security in Africa.

Officiating at the ceremony here on behalf of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga, said the development was part of the determination of African leaders to ensure peace and stability for the continent to attain its socio-economic development goals.

He said Uganda was honoured to be associated with the AU’s peace and security initiatives because it believed that no African country would survive alone.

“Africa will sink or survive together,” he added.

AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra, said the Year of Peace and Security was being implemented under the guiding principles of African ownership, leadership, partnership and inclusivity.

“This Peace Studio is an important platform that allows all stakeholders to share information regarding their commitments, activities, pledges and experiences with other Africans and the world around peace and security.

“One of the objectives of this initiative is to connect Africans, increase awareness of the consequences of conflict and the efforts being undertaken to resolve them and to encourage people to take personal responsibility in the battle for permanent peace in Africa,” Ramtane explained.

The platform will be accessible at relevant major events across the continent throughout the year, to open up spaces for people to be part of the efforts to make peace happen in Africa in 2010 and beyond.

Lamamra said the AU Commission was inviting Heads of State and Government to visit the Peace Studio in order to engage with the Commission and share the activities that they and their countries will undertake during the Year of Peace and Security and on Peace Day.

Some of the information captured in the Peace Studio will be shared through various communication channels and media vehicles, including the website, in support of the Make Peace Happen campaign.

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