Biennale of Luanda – Pan-African Forum for the culture of peace

This Biennale is part of UNESCO’s operational strategy for Priority Africa (2014-2021), which aims to “provide African responses to the transformations affecting their economies and societies”.

The Luanda Biennale will focus on four main areas:

  • Ideas Forum and a Youth Forum,
  • Festival of Cultures,
  • Coalition of Cultures and Sports for Peace in Africa,
  • Coalition of Partners for a Culture of Peace in Africa.

The first edition of the Biennale will take place from September 18-22, 2019 in Luanda, Angola and will bring together representatives of governments, civil society, the private sector, the artistic and scientific community, academic institutions and international organizations.

Concept Note Biennale

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).

International Peace Conference at UNESCO in Paris from September 26 to 28, 2017

An International Peace Conference was held from 26 to 28 September 2017 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. It was organized by the World Fellowship of Buddhists and the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Thailand to UNESCO, under the aegis of Venerable Master Chin Kung, President of Pure Land Learning College Association and Friends Master Chin Kung at UNESCO. Its theme was "Creating a sustainable society of peace: a legacy of King Bhumibol Adulyadej".

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Award Ceremony of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize: The winners of the 2017 edition rewarded

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize was awarded on June 27, 2017 at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, during a ceremony solemn. Several personalities were present at this ceremony, including President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire His excellency M. Alassane Ouattara, former Ivorian president and protector of the prize His excellency M. Henri Konan Bédié, former President of the Republic of Senegal and sponsor of the prize His excellency M. Abdou Diouf, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie Ms Michaëlle Jean and UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova.

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The visit of the UNESCO Deputy Director-General

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at our headquarters in Yamoussoukro, our institution was visited by the Deputy Director General of the UN Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO): Mr Engida Getachew, accompanied by the Resident Representative Organization in Côte d'Ivoire: Dr Yao Ydo. This visit was led by the Secretary General of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation  for Peace Pesearch.