The 2010 Year of Peace and Security in Africa initiative, established by the African Union (AU), has received vital attention from those leaders attending the AU summit. The AU is actively seeking more sustainable domestic resources as a means to fund Africa’s peace and security agenda, while there is confirmation that the strategy is set to be reviewed in January 2011. In order to demonstrate Africa’s commitment to peace, one minute of silence for peace will be observed across the continent on Tuesday 21st September 2010 at 10 am GMT.
In a bid to consolidate and reinforce the positive effects of the initiative, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU took significant steps to increase awareness and participation across the continent. In addition to welcoming the appointment of the Year of Peace and Security advisory council members and peace ambassadors, member states were urged to take responsibility for their role in making the initiative successful. Furthermore, businesses were encouraged to make contributions by signing the AU-initiated Make Peace Happen Industry Charter, while AU partners, humanitarian organisations, civil society, media houses and religious organisations were prompted to contribute to the aims and success of Peace Day.
The mobilisation of resources within the continent was also cited as a priority, consistent with the AU’s ambition to facilitate greater ownership and leadership within Africa. The profound importance of the UN’s International Day of Peace on September 21st was also highlighted as a platform from which to demonstrate the continent’s dedication to securing peace. As such, activities including the cessation of hostilities in areas continuing to be marred by violence, the handing out of supplies by humanitarian agencies and One Day One Goal football games are set to take place throughout the day.