About Action4Peace 2030

Since 2015

After mastering five #Arts4Peace successful editions we have transitioned to pilot projects.
From Advocacy to Action!

Since 2015

The African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI) continues to be a prominent Pan-African movement advocating the use of arts, culture, and heritage for sustainable peacebuilding. The Action4Peace Forums builds on the success of the five (5) editions of the Arts4Peace Forums (2015-2019) hosted as pre-events of the African Union (AU) Heads of States Summits in Addis Ababa. To date, AAPI is now active in 33 country chapters, engaging over 90 celebrated personalities and 12,000 members across Africa and the diaspora.

VISION

An Africa fit for all; where justice, peace and security prevails.

MISSION

To use African arts and cultural heritage to inspire a culture of peace, understanding, tolerance and non-violent alternatives to create a sustainable, equitable and harmonious societies in Africa.

AAPI Motto: ‘Inspire a Culture of Peace

Agenda 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance. The genesis of Agenda 2063 was the realization by African leaders that there was a need to refocus and re-prioritize Africa’s agenda from the struggle against apartheid and the attainment of political independence for the continent which had been the focus of The Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union; and instead to prioritize inclusive social and economic development, continental and regional integration, democratic governance and peace and security amongst other issues aimed at repositioning Africa to becoming a dominant player in the global arena.

As an affirmation of their commitment to support Africa’s new path for attaining inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development, African heads of state and government signed the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the formation of the OAU /AU in May 2013.

The declaration marked the re-dedication of Africa towards the attainment of the Pan African Vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena and Agenda 2063 is the concrete manifestation of how the continent intends to achieve this vision within a 50 year period from 2013 to 2063. The Africa of the future was captured in a letter presented by the former Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlaminin Zuma.

The need to envision a long-term 50 year development trajectory for Africa is important as Africa needs to revise and adapt its development agenda due to ongoing structural transformations; increased peace and reduction in the number of conflicts; renewed economic growth and social progress; the need for people centered development, gender equality and youth empowerment; changing global contexts such as increased globalization and the ICT revolution; the increased unity of Africa which makes it a global power to be reckoned with and capable of rallying support around its own common agenda; and emerging development and investment opportunities in areas such as agri-business, infrastructure development, health and education as well as the value addition in African commodities.

Objectives

– To mobilize a massive movement of creatives involved in peace building across Africa.

– Creating a platform in which visual and performing artists can unite their artistic abilities and advocate creatively for non-violent conflict resolution by engaging with each other and their audiences, especially young people in conflict, post-conflict and fragile states.

– To promote peace and reject intolerance and anti-peace mentality in consonance with the AU Constitutive Act, AU 2063 Agenda and the UNESCO Culture of Peace and Non- Violence Campaign.

– To foster intercultural/youth exchange activities.

– Champion African ARTS and CULTURE as an educational and outreach force for the attainment of the AU 2063 agenda and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Download the 2022 Annual Report

The African Artist Peace Initiative (AAPI) in partnership with African Union Commission’s Silencing the Guns Unit, hosted the first edition of the Action4Peace Forum 5 – 7 of December, 2022 at the Mandela Hall of the African Union Headquarters.  This report shares insights collected from community leaders, elders, youth and civil society organizations, government bodies, business entities and concerned citizens that want to play a positive role in building resilient livelihoods for sustaining peace.