Press Release — June 05, 2019

JCI and Global Peace Join Forces to Involve Young People in Creating an Everlasting World Peace

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5 June 2019, Accra, Ghana — JCI (Junior Chamber International) and ACCORD (African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes) are partnering through JCI’s Act for Peace: The 2019 Peace is Possible World Tour and ACCORD’s Global Peace initiative to work with like-minded community stakeholders to plan and host 100 Inter- Generational Dialogues (IGDs) in 100 Cities across the world. This partnership will allow both JCI and ACCORD to connect with young people who are working with local decision makers to solve development challenges that will impact our future and build sustainable peace.

As an organization that believes peace is more than the absence of war, but additionally requires the absence of poverty, inequality and unemployment — Global Peace is using the IGDs to advance the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and promote everlasting world peace. In collaboration with JCI Ghana, Global Peace launched the first of 100 Dialogues in 100 Cities initiative and aim to achieve their goal with the help of JCI Local Organizations. The inaugural dialogue took place on 6 May in Accra Ghana, where this joint initiative was officially announced.

During the dialogue, Graça Machel, Chair of the ACCORD Board of Trustees and Global Peace reflected, “How do we build a new set of values in the world that allows us to build empathy, tolerance and respect for each other?” Also in attendance of the inaugural IGDs in Accra, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo affirmed the importance of these dialogues and inclusion of young people in development work: “I am firm in my conviction of the urgent, critical need to involve young people in decisions that affect them. We cannot talk about sustainable development without the active involvement of youth.” The IGDs support the Act for Peace World Tour’s objectives of holding peace actions in 100 countries and 1,000 communities and engaging 1,000,000 people around the world to advance Global Goal #16. Inter-Generational Dialogues range from two to three hours long and engages 30-300 participants. Dialogue speakers include both young leaders and senior representatives of governments, the private and academic sectors, and civil society. Balancing gender and age representation are highly encouraged to support the main goal of inspiring innovative solutions for the local community’s barriers to peace and development.

Any young people or JCI Local Organizations interested in hosting an Inter- Generational Dialogue should visit the Global Peace website for more information:https://globalpeace.me/.

About JCI: JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 whose purpose is providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change around the world, uniting all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. For more information visit: www.jci.cc.

About ACCORD: The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a civil society organization with 27 years of working closely with the United Nations, African Union and Regional Economic Communities to mitigate conflict, the absence of war, poverty, unemployment, and inequality throughout Africa. For more information visit: www.accord.org.za.

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