The legends of South Africa are revered across the world for forging the foundations of our democratic nation and ushering in a new era of peace. This year we celebrate the centenary of two of these icons who dedicated their lives to peace and freedom, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisiulu.
Building on their legacies, and ensuring their efforts will remain etched in our collective memory, organizations from across Southern Africa will unite to host a groundbreaking conference titled, African Leaders of Peace Summit: Achieving peace in our lifetime, showcasing the Africa that our forefathers dreamt of – an Africa that is flourishing and at the forefront of achieving peace.
African Leaders of Peace Summit: Achieving peace in our lifetime will bring together citizens from across Southern Africa including government ministries, civil society organizations, youth and media, as well special guests from across the continent including African heroes of peace and Nobel laureates, and will focus on practical solutions to achieving peace in our lifetime.
13 -14 August 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
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For the common purpose of world peace
Today’s world is in the most chaotic and dangerous state in history. None of us are safe from the many threats, and although there have been numerous effort to achieve peace, it is hard to deny that we are still living in fear of losing our lives to terrorism, gangsterism and other forms of violence. Recognizing the imminent threats posed by conflicts and wars, civil society and governments across the world have been working together with a clear purpose, to end all wars and replace a culture of violence with a culture of peace.
The people of Africa are working towards a peaceful Africa, as envisaged by the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and Silencing the Guns 2020, and the people of South Africa have been at the forefront of achieving these goals.
The celebration of the centenary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisiulu provides a unique opportunity for the people around the world to reflect on their lives and promote their legacy. As Nelson Mandela stated, “It is in our hands to make the world a better place. We recognize that this duty has fallen upon our generation, and we take up the duty to be the peace messengers for Africa and the rest of world.”
In order to achieve the goal of a peaceful and conflict-free Africa, a legal framework must be developed and a generation of active citizens raised up that will support the necessary preconditions for a peaceful and conflict-free continent. The DPCW is an international legal instrument, which not only crystallizes existing international legal norms into one concise document, but also promotes the aspirations of the Agenda 2063, supporting its vision for a peaceful and gun-free Africa.
In line with South Africa’s National Development Plan 2030, by unleashing the energies of South Africa’s citizens and building their capabilities, we can enhance the capability of the state and its leaders to work together to solve complex problems. South Africa belongs to its people, and the bright future of our country is our collective future, making it our collective responsibility
The government has called on all South Africans and the international community to join in the centenary celebrations in their workplaces, schools, religious institutions, civic organizations. As we reflect on the immense contributions of the icons that laid the foundations of our democracy, we will build on the legacy they left for us.
Together as people who share this earth, we must remain active to protect what is right and just for humanity. The people of South Africa and Africa will work together to accomplish our common purpose – peace and cessation of war.
“Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have”
- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
People around the globe are actively working towards a more peaceful and secure environment, putting in effort to achieve the reality of peace in our lifetime. Peace does not belong to one individual or one organization but as a collective hope, it is something which all citizens from around the world, including high-level decision makers, government officials and civil society, need to work together to achieve. Peace activists are uniting more than ever before and transcending nationalities, boundaries, race and religion to make the common goal of peace a reality.
With this hope in mind, organisations already collaborating on a variety of existing peace initiatives and advocacy campaigns in Africa, established the African Leaders of Peace Summit Organising Committee in 2018 as a joint initiative.
In celebration of the centenary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu, the partners of the Organising Committee have a vision to bring together African Leaders of Peace from all sectors and awaken the spirit of peace across the continent which we long to achieve. Together the partners of the Organising Committee will promote the culture of peace in Africa to achieve the Africa We Want in this generation
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