African Day: 57th Anniversary Focuses On Silencing Guns Amidst COVID-19

Cameroon commemorated Monday, May 25, 2019 as Africa Day. The day was observed under the theme: “Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19.

The 2020 edition of Africa Day marks the 57th anniversary of the foundation of the Africa Union which was born from the relics of the Organisation of African Unity, created on May 25, 1963, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The day was set aside to speak publicly on the political and socio-economic achievements of African governments and citizens. It is also an occasion to recommit Africa to a common destiny of regional integration, peace and development.

It was an occasion for experts to review close to six decades of strides in Africa Development and the challenges ahead. Political and economic analysts highlighted the need for Africans to develop infrastructure that will foster integration and intra-African trade.

The Department of Peace and Security of the African Union Commission (AUC) organised an African Day Virtual Conference on Silencing the Guns in Africa in the context of the #COVID19.

The virtual conference sought to strengthen collaborative efforts among Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, all to take ownership of the provisions of silencing the guns initiative.

The conference discussed the prominent role of women and youth in generating innovative ideas in silencing the Guns on the continent towards a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.

It also discussed the need to increase visibility on the works of Africans in Silencing the Guns, as well as dialogue among stakeholders including governments, youth, women, private sector and media, among others.

The theme for Africa Day 2020, “Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19” corresponds with the unprecedented changes with the outbreak of the corona virus disease as well as the African Union theme of the year which is “Silencing the Guns: creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development,

– to reinforce African Union’s efforts to silence the continent’s guns

– focusing in particular, on addressing the underlying root-causes of conflict and facilitating socio-economic development.”

Elvis Teke

Elvis Teke

Journalist, Online Reporter, News Presenter, Programme Anchor, Peace Advocate, Geo-strategist,

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