Paris Peace Forum : President Biya Joins New Global Initiative

The efforts by France to reinvigorate multilateral approach to world problems has attracted many leaders.

Thirty Heads of State including President Paul Biya of Cameroon and Heads of Government alongside the United Nations Organisation, the European Union, Asian, Indian and Civil Society organisations assembled in Paris, France yesterday 12 November 2019 for a two-day peace forum. Convened by French President, Emmanuel Macron the Summit is out to encourage a proactive strategy to growing challenges facing humanity. President Paul Biya who arrived in Paris on Sunday for the event took an active part at the official opening ceremony before moving to present Cameroon’s position on the various subjects at a panelled discussion chaired by business magnet and civil society activist on political freedom and democracy, Mo Ibrahim.
Before the keynote address of host President Emmanuel Macron, several speakers mounted the rostrum to give an insight into the core issues of the conference. The President of the steering Committee of the Paris Peace Forum (PPF) and Indian Civil Society activist who has a soft spot for endangered species, Trisha Shetty opened the talks. She wondered about the faith of those who suffer because they question failed leadership and also posed the question of over 150 – 200 endangered species faced with extinction each day. Shetty expressed the hope that the PPF should not end with idle talks. 
She was followed by another lady, Ursula von der Leyen who is the President-elect of the European Union Commission. While recalling the horrors that war has caused in Europe, she insisted on the need for humanity to abhor the consequences of disputes and conflicts saying international differences should be settled around the table and never otherwise. Europe, Ursula von der Leyen urged, should play a central role in tackling the challenges facing the world today.
Presenting the Chinese vision of peace and international solidarity, Mr Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China traced the path that his country has followed since 1949 saying China has known several wars and disasters. Consequently, Mr Wang noted that his country is not only out to market its vision of socialism but also value the virtues of peace and collective action in tackling hurdles that humanity face. While struggling to convince the attendees that China is a developing country and not a developed nation, Vice President Wang denounced unilateralism, populism and protectionism saying cooperation and dialogue among nations of the world remained the ideal approach to solving problems. 
The voice of the African Continent at the opening ceremony came from the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi. He expressed the wish that Africa should seize to b...



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