ICESCO’s Youth and Women Leadership for Peace and Security Programme (LTIPS) and the International Workshop on Youth Incubator for Peace Projects, held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, wrapped up on Saturday, 26 November 2022.
The event began with the Peace Incubator sessions, which focused on innovative ideas and practical proposals to contribute to the success of youth peace projects, as well as sharing experiences between inspirational leaders and youth leaders in peace and security building.
Afterwards, Mr Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mali, addressed a video message to the participants in which he reaffirmed his country’s support for ICESCO’s initiative for building peace and security, wishing the participants every success.
During the two sessions that followed, several heads of sector and department at ICESCO and international experts discussed ways to prevent violent extremism and promote communication for peace, food security and the environmental dimensions of peace. Similarly, participants in the 2022 edition of the LTIPS Programme presented creative ideas and stressed the importance of consolidating the values of communication between cultures and civilizations and building bridges of tolerance and peace.
Then, certificates were presented to the 50 members of this edition, representing 45 countries, as well as certificates of participation to 40 young men and women from the “Misk” Charity Foundation and the “Mawhiba” Foundation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and 40 other young people from Moroccan civil society organizations.
Also Mr. Muhammad Sanoussi II, former Emir of Kano State in Nigeria and advocate of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, addressed the Ambassadors for Peace by videoconference, stressing that the world needs ambitious young people capable of using their skills to build sustainable peace. He also praised ICESCO’s efforts to build peace and security and spread the values of tolerance and coexistence.
Mr. Bakary Y. Badjie, Minister of Youth and Sports of The Gambia, shared his personal experience with the young participants and expressed his thanks and gratitude to Dr. Salim AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, and Ms. Ramata Almamy Mbaye, Head of the Organization’s Human and Social Sciences Sector, for the implementation of this special programme.
For his part, Mr. Abdelouahed Azibou, Regional Director of Youth and Sports for the Tangiers-Tetouan-Al Houceima Region, called on the participants in the Programme to pursue their efforts to promote peace, tolerance and living together.