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In each Forum, the participants came together to share ideas for Peace Day in both their country and the wider Great Lakes region of Africa. What came out of these interactive sessions was a broad range of creative ideas and constructive feedback to strengthen our work in the region and offer further support for our partners.

A summary of the feedback can be viewed below.

Sheraton Kampala, Uganda - 30th June

For the last 2015 Countdown to Peace Day Forum, we brought together over 300 individuals in Kampala to share ideas for Peace Day. 

Speakers included:

  • The National Guidance Office of the Prime Minister
  • The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports
  • UN Women
  • The International Rescue Committee
  • International Alert
  • The Uganda National Commission for UNESCO

And many more

Follow the event as it unfolded on social media right here:

Nairobi, Kenya - 16th June

On 16th June, organisations came together to share ideas and foster dialogue around Peace Day, 21 September in Kenya.

Speakers included:

  • The Office of the SESG to the Great Lakes region of Africa
  • The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Search for Common Ground
  • United Religions Initiative - Africa

And many more. For a full list here is the handbook for the event:

Kinshasa, DRC - 21 May

Supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the third Countdown to Peace Day Forum in Kinshasa brought together organisations to share ideas for Peace Day, 21 September. Speakers included: 

  • James Swan, the US Ambassador to the DRC;
  • Jon Lambe, the UK Deputy Ambassador to the DRC;
  • S.E. Sam Lukonde Kienge, DRC Minister for Youth, Sport and Leisure;
  • Marie-José Kazadi Yamba, Director of the Cabinet for the Ministry of Culture & Arts.
  • Representatives from Save the Children, Search for Common Ground, International Rescue Committee and faith groups and education institutions shared information about their work.

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo - 29 April

Featuring contributions from organisations such as:

  • Search for Common Ground 
  • Centre de Jeunes pour la Paix 
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Nansen award-winner Sister Angelique Namaika
  • Caritas

and many more

To see the full list of speakers and topics, check out the event handbook here (in French)

Kigali, Rwanda - 28 April 2015

Featuring Keynote Plenary from: 

  • Lamin Manneh, Resident Coordinator, One UN
  • Dr Jean Baptiste Habyalimana, Executive Secretary, National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC)
  • Hon. Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT
  • Zoë Compston, Deputy British High Commissioner in Rwanda

To see the full list of speakers and topics, check out the event handbook here


Peace One Day is organising forums in five different cities in the Great Lakes region of Africa with participants from across the region. These day-long events will take place in cooperation with the respective national governments and the UN system. They will feature a range of speakers and participants from all sectors of society.


  • To engage a wide range of stakeholders in the Great Lakes region of Africa in order to mobilise activity on Peace Day.
  • To provide a platform for partners to build new connections and deepen existing relationships in the region.
  • To share the experiences of and take inspiration from Peace Day, 21 September 2014.
  • To exchange ideas on how Peace Day can support the work of organisations operating in the region and benefit local communities.

These events will be conducted in the official national languages and translated where necessary.


28 April - Kigali, Rwanda // Hôtel des Mille Collines

29 April - Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo // Hôtel Ihusi

21 May - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo // Sultani Hotel

16 June - Nairobi, Kenya // Hilton Nairobi

30 June - Kampala, Uganda // Sheraton Kampala Hotel


For more information please email: or check out this one-pager to share with your organisation:

  • An opening plenary featuring key local dignitaries, government officials and UN representatives.
  • Highlights from Peace Day 2014 presented by local organisations.
  • Thematic sessions looking at Peace Day through the prism of education, the issue of domestic violence, faith communities, the private sector and government, in tandem with the international community.
  • Further thematic sessions on the role of sport and culture in the promotion of Peace Day.
  • Discussion groups focusing on the benefits of Peace Day from communities and for general peacebuilding and humanitarian activity.
  • A session to share experience on campaigning tools for Peace Day, with contributions from region stakeholders.

For the latest updates as they happen, including the announcement of keynote speakers and organisations involved please follow @JeremyGilley on Twitter.