As Gambia joined Monday the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of Peace, Vice-President, Dr. Isatou Touray,  has reiterated the importance of peace in the country’s development process, saying the government is committed to creating the enabling environment.

“We live together and have to coexist in a peaceful environment,” VP Touray told participants at a webinar on National Inter-Generational Peace Dialogue under the theme “Shaping Peace Together”.
Jointly organised by the Office of the President Directorate of Strategic Policy and Delivery and the National Youth Council, the virtual event was held in partnership with the UN system and brought together major stakeholders.
Moving the country towards the right pedestal, she went on, requires the commitment of everybody. She then added: “Sustainable peace is only achievable when we work together.”
As the election year is fast approaching, the polarisation of the political spectrum on a number of issues continues to raise concerns in some quarters.
“Peace is in the hands of everybody but the way we manage peace could be problematic,” she warned while insisting on the importance of building the capacity of young people.
VP Touray urged young Gambians not to allow themselves to be used as ‘tools’ but to make sure that they are part of the decision making process.
“Get the right information, do the right research, ask questions,” she said in an attempt to challenge the youth to be more inquisitive.
In her solidarity statement, UN Resident Coordinator, Seraphine Wakana, she dived into the Coronavirus pandemic facing the world, and which is described by United Nations’ Antonio Guitterez as “a common ennemy “
In a era of physical distancing, she highlighted how the deadly virus how the impacted vulnerable groups.
“Many people have succumbed to the virus while others lost their job,” she deplored.
Wakana further stated that the pandemic should not be used to promote discrimination or hatred.  She then called on all sides to work together in order to defeat th
Speaking earlier, the West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP) National Coordinator, Salama Njie, lauded the National Youth Council (NYC) for spearheading the virtual commemoration of this year’s International Day of Peace.
A move that exemplifies a call made by UN in 2015 to give opportunity to youths to take the lead on issues of national interest.
WANEP’s Salama Njie seized the opportunity to remind Gambians of a number of security challenges the country is faced with.
“This includes rising political tension,” she warned while citing inter and intra-party conflict, ethnic intolerance and polarisation, land disputes etc as a recipe for instability…
Written by Abdoulie John
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