Commemoration of December 7

Commemoration of December 7

Thanksgiving Mass for the repose of the soul of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Date: December 7, 2019

Place: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Dinner-Gala – Presentation of the FHB Research Award – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organised on October 17 and 18, 2019 the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. These days ended in the evening of October 18, 2019 with a gala dinner at the FHB Foundation which was enhanced by the effective presence of the former First Lady Mrs Henriette Konan Bédié. During this dinner, the winners of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Award were honoured. It is about:

  • Dr. Charles Gadé Sylvain for doctoral theses
  • and Mr. Kassoum Zié Ouattara for the master's theses.

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Thanksgiving Mass for FHB – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organized the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 17 and 18, 2019. On Friday, October 18, 2019, a thanksgiving mass in memory of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny was held at the Saint Augustin Church in Yamoussoukro in the presence of President Henri Konan Bédié, members of the Houphouët-Boigny family and PDCI RDA militants. This Mass was led by Bishop Alexis Touably.

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Opening ceremony of the Commemorative Days – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organized the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 17 and 18, 2019. On Thursday, October 17, 2019, these Days began with an opening ceremony and a scientific activity led by academics around two themes:

  • Félix Houphouët-Boigny: the Man of Culture
  • Félix Houphouët-Boigny: the Panafricanist

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Commemorative Days of the Birth Day of President FHB

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research invites you on October 17 and 18, 2019 to attend the commemorative days of the birth of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, according to the following schedule,

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10 am - 6 pm: Study day at the Foundation's headquarters.

Theme: Félix Houphouët-Boigny

  • The Man of Culture
  • The Pan-Africanist

Friday, October 18, 2019

10 am: Mass of thanksgiving in the Church of Saint Augustine in Yamoussoukro

5 pm: Book signing ceremony at the Foundation's bookstore.

8 pm: Dinner gala at the Foundation's headquarters.

Presentation of prizes to the winners of the second edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Prize.

Commemorative days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for the Peace Research invites you on October 17 and 18, 2019 to attend the commemorative days of the birth of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, according to the following programme:

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10am – 6pm: Study day at the Foundation’s headquarters.

Theme: Félix Houphouët-Boigny :

  • The Man of Culture
  • The Pan-Africanist

Friday, October 18, 2019

10am: Mass of thanksgiving in the Church of Saint Augustine of Yamoussoukro

5pm: Book signing ceremony at the Foundation’s bookstore.

8pm: Dinner gala at the Foundation’s headquarters.

Presentation of prizes to the winners of the second edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Prize.

Apollo 11: Message from President Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Message of good will from President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on the occasion of the first steps on the Moon of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969, 50 years ago.

In 2018, James R. Hansen recounts in the preface to a reissue of First Man – The First Man on the Moon, an interview he had in 2009 with Neil Armstrong, during which he was quoted the three messages that most impressed him:

  • Félix Houphouët-Boigny for Côte d’Ivoire;
  • Baudouin for Belgium;
  • José Joaquín Trejos Fernández for Costa Rica.

Message:

I am very thankful for NASA’s kind attention in offering me the
services of the first human messenger to set foot on the Moon and
carry the words of the Ivory Coast.

I would hope that when this passenger from the sky leaves
man’s imprint on lunar soil, he will feel how proud we are to
belong to the generation which has accomplished this feat.

I hope also that he would tell the Moon how beautiful it is
when it illuminates the nights of the Ivory Coast.

I especially wish that he would turn towards our planet
Earth and cry out how insignificant the problems which torture
men are, when viewed from up there.

May his word, descending from the sky, find in the Cosmos
the force and light which will permit him to convince humanity
of the beauty of progress in brotherhood and peace.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Winner of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for the peace research 2019

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).