Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:04

PRESIDENT CHISSANO CALLS FOR A CHILD-FRIENDLY AFRICA

 

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA. 12 December 2012 –Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday to chair the meeting of the International Board of Trustees of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)

, which is being held today, Wednesday, 12 December 2012.

President Chissano is the newly elected Chairperson of ACPF’s International Board of Trustees, having succeeded H.E. Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, who served as Chairperson from 2003 to 2012. Dr. Salim remains associated with ACPF as Distinguished Fellow.

Upon stepping down from presidency in Mozambique in 2005, President Chissano established the Joaquim Chissano Foundation for Peace Development and Culture, which he currently chairs. He is also the Chair of the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government. President Chissano has been an envoy, mediator and negotiator on key regional and international issues and he has led various international peace initiatives on behalf of the African Union, the United Nations, and the Southern African Development Community. He has received several awards and honors including the Chatham House Prize for his contribution to improvement of international relations, the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the Hunger Project Prize, the Kellogg Foundation Award and the Together for Peace Award.

A world-renowned advocate for the promotion of peace and good governance, President Chissano is also an ardent advocate of child rights and wellbeing in Africa, especially the wellbeing of children in armed conflict, eloquently speaking against the recruitment of child soldiers.

Speaking to Board members and senior staff of ACPF today, President Chissano expressed his pleasure in being elected to chair the International Board of Trustees and his commitment to the cause of children in Africa. He stressed that investment in children is the single most important route to secure Africa’s future, and called upon African governments to work towards a more child-friendly Africa.

Echoing President Chissano’s remarks, Mr. David Mugawe, ACPF’s Executive Director, expressed his joy at President Chissano’s appointment as Chair and added that his proven leadership will maintain ACPF’s momentum as the leading African organisation on child rights and wellbeing.

ACPF is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy research and dialogue on the African child. Its mission is to put children on the public and political agenda. ACPF was founded in 2003 by Dr Assefa Bequele, a devoted and passionate promoter of child wellbeing, who until 2010 was ACPF’s Executive Director and continues to serve ACPF as Distinguished Fellow.

Please see www.africanchildforum.org for more information about ACPF and the full list of members of ACPF’s International Board of Trustees.

Source: ACPF Press Release

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