Paris Peace Forum : Pursuing Measures For Global Safety

Cameroon participated as one of the main actors at the Forum in Paris to make the world better secured.

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The two-day discussions that took place in Paris, France to propose innovative and open solutions to the multifaceted problems that threaten peace in several parts of the world ended yesterday 13 November, 2019. Cameroon played an outstanding role in the deliberations with President Paul Biya leading the delegation from the country. The Head of State equally presented the position of Cameroon with regards to global challenges and also demonstrated how the country is able to weather the storm both internally and externally

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Before the official closing ceremony at 4PM local time yesterday at the Grand Halle de la Villette in Paris, a number of topics came under scrutiny. The issues discussed centred on: “Ensuring the social sustainability of environmental efforts”; “A fusion of solutions: Towards common principles on Artificial Intelligence”; “Shaping a More Effective Response to Drug Trafficking Worldwide”; “In Defence of Pluralism: Including Minorities in Diverse Societies”; “My country first! Anti-Globalism and the Questioning of Collective Action”. Concerns like drug trafficking, artificial intelligence, environmental degradation and the inclusion of minorities in diverse societies, and so on, are clear challenges that stare Cameroon and the world in the face. Thus, it was understandable why the Head of State sought to be present. 

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Speaking at the opening on the “Rise of the south: towards a more balanced global governance system”, Mr Biya delved into the approach being taken in Cameroon to tackle a burning subject like the tense socio-political climate in the South West and North West Regions of the country and the expansion of relations between Africa and other international partners like China. He equally harped on the need to reform the international system if countries of the south have to be given the chance to emerge, even if like others, he acquiesced that developing countries also have to take up the challenge and forge their way through the global stage. 

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From 120 projects presented at the forum, ten were selected to receive support from the scale Up Committee within the next one year so that there should be concrete evidence when the decision makers next meet to evaluate strides taken. The selected projects touched on governance, climate change, education and new technologies and they came from different parts of the world, the aim being to ensure the concrete results can be achieved. 

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Conceived as an opportunity to provide solutions to some of the challenges that are preventing societies and countries worldwide from progressing the philosophy behind the initiative has been pegged on an; “open dialogue between all actors of global governance, focusing on the solutions rather than merely the challenges at hand.” An approach which ties with the vision that the Cameroon Head of State came to defend in Paris. The sessions were construed in a variety of innovative formats to consistently encourage close conversations, gather advice from experts and craft sustainable peace. President Biya who is on record for declaring that the world is today full of beggars of peace naturally attracted much attention at the opening ceremony with several leaders walking up to him for one-to-one discussions in the hall. 

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The closing ceremony was marked by the presentation of the ten projects selected for support this year which will go along side those identified in 2018. This year the organisers went in for: Youth Driving Democratic Change by Oslo Centre; Right to Education from Abidjan; Sustainable Cities Programme; Model Drug Law, West Africa; Global High Seas Treaty; Ultra Global Initiative; Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education; Principles for Inclusive Peace Processes; Sauda Women’s Cooperative by UN Women; and Open Air Festivals. Headed by Pascal Lamy, the Paris Peace Forum initiators concluded by announcing the third edition from 11-13 November 2020.

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