International Day of Peace 2020

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2020, the UNESCO Office in Abidjan is organizing the Audience for Peace for youth leaders, UNESCO Clubs for Peace, Community Relays for Peace and leaders of youth organizations of civil society.

The questionnaire available by clicking on the link below will allow you to know the opinion of young people on the issues of promotion of the culture of peace, citizen participation and on the challenges of the 30th anniversary of the birth of the concept of culture of peace.

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Training Seminar for the Members of Renabec – Videos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is organizing in partnership with the National Network for the Well-being of Drivers (RENABEC) and the O.S.E.R (Road Safety Office) a training seminar for road transport professionals from July 22 to 24, 2020 in Yamoussoukro. This seminar will focus on the theme: “The commitment of road transport professionals in favour of security, peace and the respect of barrier measures related to the covid-19 pandemic, for a peaceful electoral environment in Côte d’Ivoire”.

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Training Seminar for the Members of Renabec

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is organizing in partnership with the National Network for the Well-being of Drivers (RENABEC) and the O.S.E.R (Road Safety Office) a training seminar for road transport professionals from July 22 to 24, 2020 in Yamoussoukro. This seminar will focus on the theme: “The commitment of road transport professionals in favour of security, peace and the respect of barrier measures related to the covid-19 pandemic, for a peaceful electoral environment in Côte d’Ivoire”.

As a peace institution, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is resolutely committed to accompanying the road transport world in the search for solutions to the many problems that shake it to the point of causing permanent conflicts between customers, transporters, trade unions and other actors on whom the efficiency of the Ivorian road transport system depends.

Since March 2020, Côte d’Ivoire, like other countries, has been facing an unprecedented health and security crisis linked to the covid-19 pandemic. From this crisis situation have emerged barrier measures imposed on the population to cut the chain of spread of the coronavirus, plunging the entire country into precariousness. However, the year 2020 is marked by general elections in Côte d’Ivoire. It is therefore a matter of extending development prospects, taking into account the pandemic, which must be brought under control in a peaceful electoral environment. This approach aims at enabling road transport professionals to assume active roles at the local, regional and even global level.

It is important to promote among road transport professionals skills, competencies, values of peace and attitudes and behaviours that will contribute to the civic engagement of all on the basis of respect for democratic principles, diversity, solidarity and living together. But such perspectives take into account the current situation of the pandemic.

This seminar aims to effectively support road transport professionals to enable them to become proactive field agents contributing to the advent of more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, responsible and creative societies in the face of hazards and pandemics.

Training and Exchange Workshop 11/29/2019 – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM), organized a training and exchange workshop on interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Côte d'Ivoire.

Theme: Contribution of youth to the Promotion of a Culture of Peace, Non-Violence and Prevention of Religious Extremism in Côte d'Ivoire

Date: November 28 and 29, 2019

Location: Headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research - Yamoussoukro

On November 28 and 29, 2019, a training workshop was held on the theme: "Youth contribution to the promotion of the culture of peace, non-violence and the prevention of religious extremism" organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in cooperation with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM).

This workshop brought together forty young leaders from seventeen faith-based organizations and associations and academics. Its objective was to equip participants with adequate tools for the promotion of peace and social cohesion in Côte d'Ivoire.

Training and Exchange Workshop on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire – Videos

A training and exchange workshop on interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Côte d'Ivoire was held in Yamoussoukro from November 26 to 27, 2019, organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM) for religious leaders. It brought together some 40 Christian and Muslim leaders on the theme: "Contribution of religious leaders to the promotion of the culture of peace, non-violence and the prevention of religious extremism in Côte d'Ivoire".

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Training and Exchange Workshop – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM), organized a training and exchange workshop on interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Côte d'Ivoire.

Theme: Contribution of Religious Leaders to the Promotion of a Culture of Peace, Non-Violence and Prevention of Religious Extremism in Côte d'Ivoire

Date: November 26 and 27, 2019

Location: Headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research - Yamoussoukro

The workshop had the following objectives:

  • to pacify inter-religious relations in Côte d'Ivoire by cultivating non-violence, tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity;
  • to prevent religious extremism in Côte d'Ivoire;
  • to get religious people involved in the consolidation of peace and social cohesion;
  • and to create the platform of religious leaders in Côte d'Ivoire.

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS OF THE BIRTHDAY OF PRESIDENT FÉLIX HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY: Study day on Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Thursday, October 17, 2019 marked the beginning of the commemoration of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny’s birth day with a study day that was furnished by two panels on the themes: “Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the man of culture” and “Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the pan-Africanist”. This opportunity enabled many young students from the political and administrative capital, as well as the populations in their political and socio-professional diversity, to revisit the actions carried out by the “Apostle of Peace”.

The Secretary General of the FHB Foundation, in turn, said that in addition to the celebration of the 114th anniversary of the birth of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, his institution was celebrating two major events in 2019. Namely the thirtieth anniversaries of the Congress on Peace in the Minds of Men held in Yamoussoukro which gave birth to the concept of culture of peace and the creation of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Prize for Peace Research which this year distinguished the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy AHMED ALI before he received the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.

Ms Anne LEMAISTRE, representative of the UNESCO Office in Abidjan, for her part, wished that the year 2020 be proclaimed “the year of the culture of peace” in Côte d’Ivoire.

Professor Robert NIAMKEY KOFFI, President of the Scientific Committee of this day indicated that the exemplary life of Houphouët-Boigny appears as a symbol. For, the immense works of the “father of the Ivorian nation” are landmarks for Côte d’Ivoire. Addressing the themes of the day, the academic told his audience that Félix Houphouët-Boigny was both a man of culture but also a pan-Africanist, contrary to the image of Epinal that we wanted to stick to him, calling him a gravedigger of African unity, one of the artisans of the balkanization of African states. For him, this is essentially erroneous. He also pointed out the extent of the knowledge of the modern world, of the ancient history of this great statesman.

A total of eleven (11) communications were delivered during this scientific day by academics.

It should be noted that the Chief Executive Secretary of the PDCI-GDR, Professor Maurice KAKOU GUIKAHUÉ enhanced with his presence the opening of this study day.

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.

Training Workshop of the Network of Women’s Associations of the Yamoussoukro District on the Culture of Peace and Social Cohesion

Training workshop of the Network of Women’s Associations of the Yamoussoukro District on the Culture of Peace and Social Cohesion organized by the FHB Foundation with the financial support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 15 and 16 August 2019 in Yamoussoukro.