The President of the Republic of Angola, H.E. João Lourenço, said November 27 that the holding of the Luanda Biennial is an opportunity to reflect on issues that can help build the paths of peace and harmony between peoples and nations.
Speaking at the opening of the second edition of the Luanda Biennial – Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, which runs until the 30th of this month, João Lourenço advocated the need for Africans to understand the real causes of the climate of conflict that still prevails, in order to meet the formulas that lead countries to leave the situation of uncertainty and instability that they face more quickly.
“It is imperative that we recognize the immediate need for a general effort to stem the recurrent outbreak of conflicts of different nature, which constitute factors of instability and a strong obstacle to progress and development on the continent”, he referred.
He said that Angola is an example of a country plagued by an armed conflict that lasted for decades, but that managed to find the paths to lasting peace and project, in conditions of stability, the construction of a democratic society in which forgiveness and reconciliation prevail, tolerance, and the feeling of solidarity with the peoples of the continent, who are still facing armed conflicts and their consequences.
“We defined an internal line of conduct in which we imposed, on ourselves, the culture of peace and tolerance at all levels of Angolan society, so that the specter of war is definitely removed from our reality”, he said.
As he said, “it is in this spirit, resulting from political achievements in favor of national unity, that we want to continue to consolidate peace and national reconciliation and advance towards economic progress and social well-being”.
On the other hand, the Angolan statesman noted that Covid-19, which has ravaged the world since 2019, conditioned, on a large scale, the execution of the action plans approved on that occasion, which places countries facing the need to re-examine, with realism, the strategies outlined above and adapting them to the current situation.
The opening ceremony was attended by the presidents of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, and of São Tomé and Príncipe, Carlos Vila Nova.
Also participating are the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr, who represents her country and the diaspora, and the Vice President of Namibia, Nangolo Mbumba.
The Luanda Biennial is a project born from the convergence of strategic policies and programs between three main partners, the Government of Angola, UNESCO and the African Union.
It is inspired by the African Cultural Renaissance Charter, which advocates that culture is the surest way for Africa to increase its participation in world scientific production and face the challenges of globalization.
The event presents and proposes spaces for reflection, exhibition and dissemination of artistic creations, good practices, ideas and knowledge related to the culture of peace.
It considers the UNESCO Operational Strategy for Priority Africa 2014-2021 which identifies “Building Africa for building inclusive, peaceful and resilient societies” as well as the African Union Agenda 2063.
The Luanda Biennial is being organized by the Government of Angola, UNESCO and the African Union.