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NGO says Africa needs new paradigm for peace, prosperity

10 November 2013, 06:57

Abuja - The founder of the Global Peace Foundation (GPF), Dr Hyun Moon, says Africa needs to establish a new paradigm for peace and prosperity based on equity and justice.

Moon said this on Saturday in Abuja at the GPF Conference which was organised by the foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference was organised in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR).

"Africa, which is the birthplace of humanity, can set a new model for peace for mankind through the principle of equity,’’ the GPF founder said.

The Director-General, IPCR, Dr Joseph Golwa, said the organisers of the conference were determined to pool their resources for the promotion of peace across the continent.

He said this informed the Abuja Peace Declaration which was part of the outcome of the conference.

The declaration, he said, was meant to promote interfaith and innovative models which foster mutual understanding, respect, harmonious co-existence and peace.

"It is also designed to establish a joint mechanism for promoting moral and innovative leadership as a strategy for building sustainable peace for a prosperous future,’’ Golwa said.

He added that the declaration also sought to strengthen the pan-African vision of promoting volunteerism and service through the African Peace Service Corps, among others.

Twenty countries signed the declaration, including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Niger, Ethiopia, Sudan and Mauritius.


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