UNIC Yaounde partnered with the United Nations Association of Cameroon (ANUCAM) to organize a Debate-Conference on: “the Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace” at the National Commission for UNESCO on 20 September 2016 in Yaounde.
ANUCAM’s Executive Secretary; Engamba Charles Lambert, outlined the achievements of his association in his welcome address and highlighted the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in New York in September 2015.
Mr Pascal Kengne; Consultant on the SDGs and President of the Africa Development Interchange Network (ADIN), presented the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and further emphasized government’s efforts to contextualize these goals in Cameroon. He thus advocated for the mobilization and involvement of all development actors.
UNIC’s KMA; Jean Njita after defining the concept of Peace from the UN Charter, intimated that the absence of war does not guarantee peace, as peace is a state of inner wellbeing which can be enjoyed by an individual, a people, a nation and the world. He further demonstrated that each of the 17 goals intends to eradicate the root causes of conflicts and violence in our society, and thus is a building block for positive peace dixit Johan Galtung, the peace crusader and researcher. SDGs are for human wellbeing, thus no development without peace, and no genuine peace without development.
A question and answer session followed these presentations during which participants were further clarified on salient points concerning UN’s peace efforts. At the end of the day, participants realized that achieving the SDGs in Cameroon would promote and consolidate lasting peace; because a country which is not plagued by hunger, poverty, social inequality, obstacles to economic and social development, human rights violations, is a country at peace.