The ECOWAS Commission joined the rest of the global community in commemorating World Peace Day (WPD), while pledging greater commitment to regional peace and security at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, on 21 September 2022.
The occasion was also used by the Commission to symbolically launch the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) special documentary highlighting the peacebuilding progress of the regional bloc at the right time in which ECOWAS takes stock and makes projections about its conflict prevention efforts: past, present and future.
Addressing the audience that also included online participants, ECOWAS Commission President Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, who was represented by his special adviser Ambassador Mambury Njie, emphasized that “achieving true peace involves much more to lay down their arms.
It requires building societies where all members feel they can prosper.
It is about creating a world where people are treated equally regardless of their ethnicity, religion and race.” President Touray further argued that the ideals of the WPD are on a par with the ECOWAS Vision 2050, which envisions a fully integrated community of peoples, living in a peaceful and prosperous region, with strong institutions and respect for fundamental rights and freedom, fighting for inclusion and sustainable development.
Also speaking on the occasion, the President of the ECOWAS Community Court, the Honorable Justice Edward Asante, who was represented by the institution’s Chief Registrar, Mr. Tony Anene-Maidoh, noted that for a region whose recent history is dominated by Due to wars and political upheavals, citizens of the community, “now have a greater appreciation of the imperative of peace as a critical foundation for building our edifice of integration” In his message of goodwill, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, who was represented by Mr. Ronald Kayanja, spoke on the theme of this year’s celebration: End Racism.
He emphasized the need for a united front against all ills in societies and communities, “instead of fighting each other, let us unite to fight our common enemy; racism, poverty, climate change…” he added.
After an exultation on the virtues of Peace by the main host and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (CPAPS) of ECOWAS, Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musa, represented by the Director of Peacekeeping and Security Director, Dr. Cyriaque Agnekethom, there were also messages of goodwill from the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee of Permanent Representatives and Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria, Mr. Joao Butiam, party chief, USAID-REWARD Mr. Alimou Dialllo, Director Research and Policy Analysis, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, and ECOWAS Staff Representative Dr. Tony Elemelu, among others.
The highlight of the event was the symbolic launch of the special ECPF documentary which was made on behalf of CPAPS by the Division Chief, Mediation and Coordination of Regional Political Affairs (MCRPA), Dr. Onyinye Onwuka.
The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and represents a symbolic date shared worldwide for humanity to commit to Peace above differences and contribute to building a Culture of Peace.