ADIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA— The African Union and its Member States are celebrating the 11th edition of the African Border Day under the theme, “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”.
According to AU, this statutory commemoration is held in the context of the implementation of the African Union Border Programme (AUBP), which aims to sensitize stakeholders on the role of borders in promoting peace, security and stability, and to highlight the efforts of the AU Border Programme to promote and strengthen regional and continental integration.
H.E. Bankole Adeoye, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, on the occasion of the celebration of African Borders said on Monday that the African Union is optimally tapping into the potential that culture constitutes in the development and implementation of continental policies in general and those related to borders in particular.
“I encourage all Africans to rely on our cultural heritage and on our arts to deepen and consolidate border governance actions and more particularly cross-border cooperation measures.” Adeoye said in a statement.
“It is, in our reliance of our common identity that we can use our border regions as levers and build together the Africa we want. Only an Africa utilizing its strong cultural identity, rich common heritage and values, that will make our border communities more peaceful, stable and secure.”
This year’s commemoration is championed by the Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department (PAPS) of the AU Commission. It will mark the launch of the virtual campaign on the AUBP throughout the month of June.
A short series of animated videos showcasing cultural practices, arts, and languages as well as natural heritages from the borderlands was featured during the launch.
African Border Day was implemented during the 2nd Conference of African Ministers in Charge of Border Issues, held in March 2010. Ministers adopted 7 June as a day to showcase the importance of the AUBP and the role of borders in promoting peace and regional and continental integration in Africa.