From left, Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth; Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana; and Jamal Edwards of Microsoft’s Digital Diplomacy team (Image: Microsoft.com)
“In 2019, Ghana will host the first Global Peace initiative which is intended to help forge the connection between peace and development…”
While citizens the world over helped fulfil Madiba’s vision to end poverty by taking 5.6M actions and celebrating his legacy at the Global Citizens: Mandela 100 festival in Johannesburg on 2 December 2018; the festival also marked a significant moment for Global Peace.
During the festival’s top announcements and the segment on Digital Peace linked to SDG 16 for Peace, Justice and Sustainable institutions, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana announced that Ghana will host the first ever Global Peace event in his country.
Bridging the gap between peace and development, Global Peace is to be a catalyst for collaborative efforts that create social compacts between governments, the private sector and civil society to generate innovative solutions to ongoing challenges to peace and development. Working through young people across the world and with governments, multi-lateral agencies, the private sector, and civil society partners, Global Peace will become an ecosystem for Ideas, Innovators, Influencers, Investors and Implementers to find practical solutions to global challenges enhancing conflict prevention and strengthening the global multi-lateral system.
Launched on 27 July 2018 by Mrs Graca Machel, at a luncheon hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa for twenty Heads of State attending the BRICS Plus Summit and introduced on 24 September 2018, to the world’s community at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit held during the (UN) General Assembly in New York, we are pleased that Global Peace, an initiative from the Global South, will host its first ever event – an Intergenerational Dialogue – in Africa and most notably Ghana. The Dialogues are then planned to take place in a 100 cities across the world, where young future leaders will dialogue with current leaders on their aspirations for what a better world should look like.
Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to be liberated from colonialism and one of the first in Sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving extreme poverty. The dialogue will also be held in remembrance of the legacy of the late former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the contribution that Ghana itself has made in promoting leadership on the African continent and in the global community. We look forward to the partnership with Ghana and Global Peace and working together for a better world!
“I am happy to say today that several governments are making an important contribution and commitment to Global Peace including digital peace… I am delighted to announce Ghana’s support to the Paris Call and I urge other nations to do so. In 2019, Ghana will host the first Global Peace initiative which is intended to help forge the connection between peace and development…”
— President Nana Akufo-Addo
Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100
02 December 2018