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Youth Ambassadors Observe Global Cease-fire Day

Sep 17, 2009, 3:50 AM | Article By: Augustine Kanjia

The Youth Ambassadors of Peace that advocates for peace among youths recently observed Global Cease-fire Day or the International Day of Peace, at their headquarters in Kanifing.
The Youth Ambassadors of Peace gathered diplomats, police officers, representatives of UNESCO and journalists from different media houses, to sensitise them on Global Cease-fire Day and International Day of Peace, which falls on 21st September.
Yusupha Njie, acting Programme Coordinator of the Youth Ambassadors of Peace, said the quest for peace cannot be attained in any country when people are gender unaware, violent-oriented as a response to conflict and social intolerance. He said if the current drift is allowed to continue unabated, all efforts to development will be futile and the MDGs shall only be pursued but never attained.
Yusupha Njie reiterated that there would be no attainment of peace in Africa in the absence of peace.
"That is why the United Nations in its Fifty-fifty session of its General Assembly, adopted resolution 55/282 declaring 21st September each year as the International Day of Peace", he stated.
According to him, it was further declared that the day be observed as a day of global cease-fire, urging all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for a duration of one day.
He said their organisation has decided to hold a series of activities and a football match as football aims to create peace, understanding and love.
Among others, he said, the activity shall include a national address by the Minister of Interior, a public hearing, football and press conference.
Yusupha commended UNESCO and NATCOM for their support.
Other speakers included representatives of UNESCO, a representative of the Libyan Ambassador, and Commissioner Samba Kebbeh, who represented  the IGP.