South Africa hosts International Peace Summit

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – South Africa will play host to “African Leaders of Peace Summit” which will gather ministers, civil society organisations, youth, Nobel laureates, among others, to discuss in August: “Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime”, organisers confirmed on Monday.

In a statement, made available to PANA in Banjul, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI), revealed that the event which will attract participants mainly from Southern Africa as well as special guests from across the continent, including African heroes of peace and Nobel laureates, “will focus on practical solutions to achieve peace in our life time.”

As part of the programme, there will be a peace tour and the organising committee of the conference will also host a four-day fellowship programme for African media practitioners.

“The fellowship will primarily focus on training of media professionals in promoting peace through their reporting, while also creating the opportunity for journalists to contribute to the development of peace journalism on continent,” the statement noted.

The peace training programme which runs from 7 to 10 August in Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa will be attended by African Journalists, Editors and other media practitioners to look at topics such as reporting on conflict and war, among other things.

“Our global community is suffering from immense conflict, arising from differences in cultures, values and ideas.  As time goes by, our common hope for world peace has grown cold but will peace always remain an unreachable dream?”

“The media is a powerful conduit for peace. Journalists have the power to influence the most people in the shortest amount of time. As those who have the responsibility to frequently report the news of peace to the world, the media should be transparent, mirroring the global community we want to achieve. Reporting the news of peace with speed and accuracy plays a role in realising world peace,” the statement added.

Peace Journalism is “when Editors and Reporters make choices – of what to report, and how to report it – that creates opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict”.

“The Peace Journalism model provides practical solutions for journalists reporting on conflicts and aids activists and academics in their analysis of conflict-ridden zones,” it emphasized.
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