AU Elects Peace Ambassadors for Peace and Security
SOURCE: Catholic Information Service for Africa
Nairobi — African Union (AU) has selected 14 prominent African figures as ambassadors of the Year of Peace and Security in Africa.
According to the statement by the AU, last year in August, heads of state and governments of the AU at a meeting in Libya declared 2010 the Year of Peace and Security.
According to AfricaNews, the 14 ambassadors are drawn from diverse fields of business, arts, sports and culture to across the continent to support the AU in implementing the program of the Year of Peace and Security in Africa.
"In order for the Year of Peace and Security to be successful, it is important that Africans take ownership and direct, as well as participate in the implementation of its program," said AU Commission chair, Jean Ping.
The targeted individuals, which also include legendary soccer star, Abedi 'Pele' Ayew and his younger compatriot, Michael Essien, and Malian music star Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour of Senegal are expected to provide support to the objectives of the Year of Peace and Security in Africa.
Accordingly, designated ambassadors will be called to help "mobilize popular support for the implementation of the Programme of the Year of Peace and Security, which includes working with the AU to organize a day without violence in September 21, proclaimed as 'Peace Day.'
This is aimed at facilitating the implementation of humanitarian operations to disseminate key messages on the same question of peace and security.
"The successes and courage you have demonstrated in your own fields of endeavour will serve as inspiration to all of us, as we collectively tackle the challenge our continent faces today: The Quest for Permanent Peace and Security," Ping told the designated ambassadors present at the occasion in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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