URI West Africa Co-hosts West Africa Peace Dialogue in Accra, Ghana
The 1st West Africa Peace Dialogue was held at the 400-Capacity Auditorium of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Accra, from September 20-21, 2019. The Peace Dialogue was organized by the Ghana-based Africa Centre for Peacebuilding, a URI Cooperation Circle (CC), in partnership with the West Africa Regional Office of United Religions Initiative (URI West Africa), Global Educators for All Initiative (GEFAI) and The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation. The two day event was very well attended by representatives of Civil Societies, the academia, traditional leaders, the business community and representatives of Government. The Theme of the West Africa Peace Dialogue was: Sustaining Regional Peace to Promote Trade, Investment and Development in West Africa. The event was also to celebrate and honour the 2019 United Nations International Day of Peace (IDP).
The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. John Gatsi, Dean of School of Business, University of Cape Coast-Ghana. Other distinguished Speakers included:
- Dr. Raphael Ogar Oko, International Coordinator, Global Educators for All Initiative- Nigeria
- Lawyer Zakaria Tanko Musah, Senior Lecturer, Ghana Institute of Journalism-Ghana
- Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiative-West Africa and Founder, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation
- Dr. Elias Asiama, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
- Mr. Ernesto Yeboah, Leader of the Economic Fighters League (EFL)
- Mr. Korsi Senyo, Executive Director, Africa Centre for Peace Building - Ghana
Peaceful co-existence among neighboring nations is a key element to promoting trade, investment and human capital development which lead to solving some basic social problems like unemployment, poverty and hunger. These social problems are an influential undertone to conflict and civil unrest. Adherence to national laws without key references to regional laws and treaties signed by states within a region could form a basis for regional conflicts hence defeating the common goals for establishing regional blocs in Africa.
In recent times, Africa has witnessed a new trend of conflict - xenophobic, homophobic and afrophobic attacks in South Africa. The most recent is Ghana and Nigeria and this development if not curbed will become a serious threat to Africa Unity. It is against this the Africa Centre for Peace Building-Ghana, Global Educators for All Initiatives-Nigeria, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation and United Religions Initiatives -West Africa brought together West Africa governments, media, legal practitioners, academic and civil society organizations within the West Africa Sub-regions to dialogue on how best to promote sisterhood, peace and trade within the West Africa.