Nobel winners' gala to kick off intellectuals' meeting

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A gala event Wednesday for Nobel Prize winners, who are expected to make a "Declaration of Peace in Africa," will precede Thursday's official opening of the Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora in Dakar, Senegal.
Under the aegis of the African Union, the conference centres on the theme "Africa in the 21st century: Integration and Renaissance.
" It will be preceded by a gala night rallying Nobel prize laureates from Africa and the Diaspora around UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and several African leaders.
The gala in honour of the Nobel Prize winners will be a prelude to a meeting slated for next year's launch of a "Peace Decade in Africa.
" The conference will feature high profile cultural events on the dialogue of generations in which the attending figures will discuss with hundreds of young Africans on "What kind of Africa they want to see in the 21st century?" Also on the agenda is a "sound and light" show on Goree Island, the historically slave trading post that launched Africans into a life slavery centuries ago to the Americas.
During the occasion, an exhibition will he held on works by authors from Africa and the Diaspora representing critical thoughts of both entities, notably on the potential to develop the continent.
The meeting, which will rally over 600 intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora, will come up with a declaration signed by the participants to be tabled at the AU summit in July 2005 in Khartoum, Sudan.

06 october 2004 14:49:00

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