According to Article 5 of the new Statutes of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize,
Mr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, is the winner of the 2019 edition of the UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for the peace research.
He was appointed on April 29, 2019 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris by the new jury of this prize consisting of:
– Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Laureate, and Chair of the Jury (Liberia),
– Mr. Forest Whitaker, actor, director and producer, Founder of the NGO Peace and Develop Initiative, Special Envoy of UNESCO (United States of America),
– His Excellency Mr. François Hollande, former President of the French Republic, former laureate of the Houphouët-Boigny Prize, Vice-President of the Jury (France),
– S.A.S Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Princess of Jordan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (Kingdom of Jordan),
– Mr. Michel Camdessus, former director of the International Monetary Fund (France).
– Professor Muhammad Yunus, economist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Bangladesh).
A training seminar was organized for members of the “Icônes de la paix” club of Nangui Abrogoua University (IP-UNA) in Abidjan, from April 16 to 18, 2019 by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for research at its headquarters in Yamoussoukro. Its theme was “associative life, leadership, and a culture of peace” and allowed members of the Peace Icons to be educated on ways and means to bring a new momentum of peace to academia by developing their leadership and their ability to work as a team. Dr. Diénéba DOUMBIA, Director of the Department for Peace Research at the FHB Foundation coordinated the whole of this seminar. During her interventions, she insisted on the importance of the insertion of the student in the academic academic system, which is decisive and significant in the quality of the training, by making a point of honor on the commitment of the student. Also, she invited all the participants to adopt and make adopt to their student friends, a behavior marked by civility and mutual respect, as well as with all the staff of the University Nangui Abrogoua. The president of the Icônes de la paix, Mr. Drissa SORO, expressed his gratitude to the Secretary General of the FHB Foundation, Prof. Jean-Noël LOUCOU, as well as to all the staff of the institution. “We have been educated on the values of democracy, non-violence, human rights, and solidarity, to which we attach particular importance,” said the president of Icônes de la Paix. He ended by asking all the participants to give a broad echo of the resolutions of this seminar. The graduation of participation and a visit of the institution put an end to this training of three days.
The President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E. Mr. Alassane OUATTARA, attended the solemn opening ceremony of the 2019 Senate Session on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Foundation in Yamoussoukro.
The Peace Research Department of the FHB Foundation organised a seminar for teacher-supervisors, educators, club leaders and associations from the Regional Directorate of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training (DRENETFP) in Yamoussoukro. This seminar had as its theme: “Civicism, citizenship and learning to live together in a peaceful school environment” and took place on April 9 and 10 at the headquarters of our institution.
On February 21 and 22, 2019, the FHB Foundation organized a training seminar at its headquarters for the members of the regional chapter of the Yamoussoukro District Socialist Central Union. The theme of this seminar was: “Trade unionism and culture of peace: how to improve the working and living conditions of workers while preserving the peaceful social climate?” Its aim is to promote the values of social dialogue in unionism and the culture of peace, and to bring participants to use active and participatory tools, techniques and methods to facilitate learning the discourse of living together.
This activity was coordinated by Dr. Diénéba DOUMBIA, Director of the Department of Peace Research at the FHB Foundation. Some thirty members of the Yamoussoukro Humanism Central Unit headed by their Secretary General, Mr. Adama OULY, were built on three major topics in the form of workshops:
- the commitment of trade unionists to a constructive dialogue in a peaceful social climate,
- opportunities to learn about social dialogue and the culture of peace in the trade union world,
- and peace messages, plan of action, commitments, recommendations and Appeal.
This seminar ended with the graduation ceremony for all participants.
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, the staff of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation presented as usual its New Year greetings to its first leader, Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU. The Chief of Staff, Mr. Christophe Kadjané ASSOH, spoke on behalf of all his colleagues to present the best wishes for the year 2019 to the Secretary General of the institution and his family. In return, he congratulated all the staff for his dynamism and professionalism that he demonstrated throughout the Houphouët-Boigny Year. He did not fail to give an overview of the events planned for the year 2019, in this case the launch of the activities of the Panafrican School of Peace (EPAP).
Following his speech, Pr. Loucou has had to receive the courtesies from all his present collaborators. It was important to note the presence at this ceremony of Dr. Diénéba DOUMBIA, Director of the Department of Peace Research at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation.
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