Africa Peace Summit

Nurturing a Culture of Peace within the Youth

Africa Peace Summit

December 16 - 20, 2016

Kenyatta University Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Undoubtedly, peace is urgently needed in Africa as in the rest of the world. Recent studies in Africa have shown that peace building strategies focus on conflict management rather than delving the root causes. The peace question may be seen in two ways namely: resolving conflicts, as well as creating conditions for sustainable peace.

Recent United Nations statistics from 35 African countries indicate that the largest category of conflict perpetrators and victims are the young population. On the other hand, statistics show that youth contribute to 65 percent of the entire African population. This, in itself, is an indicator that youths are a pinnacle of rekindling a sustainable culture of peace in Africa.

It was in the light of this that the World Peace Initiative Foundation (WPI) in partnership with Kenyatta University Mentoring Program organized the first Africa Peace Summit under the theme of “Nurturing a culture of peace within the youth.” The aim of the summit is to provide a forum for youth in Africa to engage on identifying strategies for conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

About 146 individuals from 28 different countries joined this forum to connect, learn, and discover practical tips in order to become mindful and efficient at personal and professional levels, and enhance individual potential, talents and capabilities from varied dimensions, co-creating a culture of peace in Africa.

Apart from being an engaging forum for peacebuilders, it was also designed to be a space to recognize individuals in Africa who have contributed to peace building by awarding the Africa Peace Builder Awards. The selection was implemented through a series of criteria and finally was done through online voting. This was a token of appreciation and encouragement for not just the award recipients but also many other peacebuilders around the world to keep pushing for world peace.

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