11 May 1999
African Students' Conference 1999
The ISS hosted the first African Students' Conference in May 1999. The conference was
organised by the Hague Appeal for Peace, the Global Coalition for Africa and the Students
Coordinating Committee as The African Committee (TAC) was then known. The theme was Time
to Abolish War: Peace and Justice for Africa in the new Millennium.
At the end of the conference, students drafted an Agenda for Peace and Justice for Africa in the new millennium.A meeting was held with the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan and his special representative for Children in Armed Conflict Mr. Olara Otunnu. They were both briefed on the highlights of the conference and presented with the Agenda. The Secretary General praised the students for their solidarity and selfless effort in working towards a new agenda for peace for Africa. A copy of the Agenda was also submitted to The Hague Appeal for Peace for implementation.
Working Group Overview
The following four Workshops were organised during the Conference:
The keynote address was offered by Mr. Carl Niehaus, the
South African Ambassador to The Netherlands. His paper was based on The Challenges for
Establishing Peace and Justice in Africa: A South African perspective.
Josephine Kasaija Bigabwa of the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, presented a paper on Causes of Conflict and War Cases from Africa.
Simon Manu from the University of Amsterdam presented a paper on The role of National and International political structures and leaders in securing peace in Africa: The two step Approach.
Caroline Waudo from Utrecht University presented a paper on Rwanda Genocide: Role and Failures of the International Community.
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