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ALL-CAMEROON SYMPOSIUM

OF THE AFRICA FORUM

AN INITIATIVE FOR PEACE AND DIALOGUE
The current multifaceted crisis shaking Cameroon is a serious threat to its territorial integrity. Without genuine and inclusive dialogue among all stakeholders, this crisis will worsen with serious security, economic and humanitarian consequences for the Gulf of Guinea as well as Agenda 2063 for Africa. Through this colloquium on Cameroon, the Africa Forum seeks first to learn about the current situation in Cameroon, to enable it to promote dialogue by giving each Cameroonian the opportunity to become a partner for peace in Cameroon.
THE AFRICA FORUM

Promoting Peace in Cameroon through Dialogue

The Africa Forum constitutes an informal network of former African Heads of State and Government and other African leaders designed to support the implementation of the broad objectives of the African Union (AU) and its New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). With the specific functions of advocacy and think tank, the Africa Forum seeks to harness the experience, moral authority and good offices of the former African Heads of State and Government and other African leaders with the view to assisting Cameroonians find peace and become contributors to the advancement Africa's social and economic development.

The Symposium on Cameroon is convened by the Chairperson of the Africa Forum H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano (Former President of Republic of Mozambique) and H.E Nicephore Soglo (Former President Republic of Benin), Vice Chairperson of the Africa Forum.

JULY 2, 2019

Africa Forum to Convene a Symposium on Cameroon

One of the principal tasks of the Africa Forum (“the Forum”) (www.AfricaForum.org) of former African Heads of State and Government and other African leaders is to support the African Union as it works to guide our Continent to achieve the Objectives detailed in the Constitutive Act.

In this context the Forum has done its best to follow the evolving but troubling situation in the Republic of Cameroon.

In this regard it has had the privilege to convey some of its views and suggestions to His Excellency President Paul Biya of Cameroon. The Forum looks forward to further contact with President Biya on this matter.

In the meantime the Forum has thought it very necessary that it should take all necessary steps further to inform itself about the situation in the Republic of Cameroon in as comprehensive a manner as possible.

To achieve this objective the Forum will therefore act to convene a Symposium on Cameroon to be held possibly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or any other African country which will agree with the Forum to provide a venue for the Symposium.

The Forum will therefore take steps without delay to contact a broad spectrum of the people of Cameroon and invite these to attend what the Forum intends must be an inclusive and open dialogue.

The Forum is convinced that the Symposium will help greatly to empower it the better to assist the Government and people of Cameroon as they work to address the challenges facing this sister African country.

Chairman Joaquim Alberto Chissano
Former President Republic of Mozambique

Deputy Chair Nicephore Soglo
Former President Republic of Benin.

To overcome the stalemate that has exacerbated the crisis so far, the Symposium on Cameroon seeks to give every citizen of Cameroon the opportunity to contribute to the process. Only those who will be invited or accredited will be able to participate in the conference.

Openness

Every group shall be encouraged to speak frankly about the issues they care about and propose solutions.

Inclusivity

Every group (including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised) will have an opportunity to be represented.

Dialogue

Every group shall have an opportunity to present their issues and other groups must listen to conflicting perspectives.

The agenda of the Symposium on Cameroon shall be driven by the input of the citizens. Every effort shall be made to obtain representation from the following stakeholder categories:

Cameroonian Citizens

Native or naturalised daughters and sons of Cameroon living in Cameroon.

The Government of Cameroon

Representatives of the governing bodies of Cameroon.

The Diaspora

Daughters and sons of Cameroon living in the Diaspora.

Civil Society

NGOs, Associations, labour unions, charities, foundations, churches, and other service agencies that provide an important service to society.

International Partners

Representatives from concerned foreign governments and international organisations.

Private Sector

Leaders and actors in for-profit businesses that are not owned or operated by the government of Cameroon.

Religious Leaders

Persons and Organisations who lead a Cameroonian monastic order or other groups of people who are united by their practice of religion.

Political Organizations

Leaders or representatives of formally constituted political groups, with at least one elected member in a council, parliament or the senate.

Cultural Icons

Persons and Organisations who preserve or promote customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of Cameroonian social groups.

Traditional Leaders

Duly recognized Persons  who lead a Cameroonian village or traditional locality.

Experts

Persons and Organisations with expertise in areas that will assist the Symposium in its deliberations.

Activists

Persons and Organizations who campaigns to bring about political or social change.

Media

Persons and Organisations in broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet.

Social Media Influencers

Persons and Organizations who manage or wield significant influence on virtual communities
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The most important opportunity to address the issues in Cameroon.

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YOUR VOICE COUNTS

Everyone can participate

Daughters and sons of Cameroon living in all 360 communes in Cameroon and the Diaspora know best the issues impacting them. The Africa Forum also believes they understand the challenges their country is facing have the best ideas on what can be done to address them. We, therefore, invite you to join this initiative and share your ideas on what we can do together to solve the issues facing your fellow citizens and bring peace and prosperity to all Cameroonians.

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ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

Working Together is the Beginning

PEACE

IS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU GET INVOLVED.

Every Cameroonian can spend a few minutes and make a big difference in promoting genuine inclusive dialogue, long term peace and prosperity. Below is a set of actions you can take today.
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Sign up to receive updates

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Sign up as a Volunteer for Dialogue and Peace

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Request to create a Dialogue Group in your Community

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Report an Issue

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Indicate your interest to attend the Symposium

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Indicate your interest in making a material or intellectual contribution to support this initiative

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AFRICAN LEADERSHIP

Presidents who Believe in Democracy

The Africa Forum harnesses the experience, moral authority and good offices of the former African Heads of State and Government and other African leaders with the view to assisting the advancement Africa's development. Today, they are prepared to help the people of Cameroon.

HE Joaquim Alberto Chissano

Former President or the Republic of Mozambique and Chairperson of the Africa Forum

HE Nicephore Dieudonne Soglo

Former President of the Republic of Benin and Vice Chairperson of the Africa Forum

HE Ali Hassan Mwinyi

Former President of the Republic of Tanzania

HE Thabo Mbeki

Former President of the Republic of South Africa

HE  Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

HE Benjamin William Mkapa

Former President of the Republic of Tanzania

HE Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings

Former President of the Republic of Ghana

HE Festus Gonteganye Mogae

Former President of the Republic of Botswana

HE John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor

Former President of the Republic of Ghana

HE Jakaya Kikwete

Former President of the Republic of Tanzania

HE Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires

Former President Republic of Cape Verde
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INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

Leaders around the world stand with the people of Cameroon

The use of genuine and inclusive dialogue to solve the crises in Cameroon has been championed by many international partners and friends of Cameroon. We appreciate their commitment and support for peace in Cameroon.

Tibor P. Nagy Jr.

United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

The Rt. Honourable Helen Clark

37th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008

H.E Michele Bachelet

Former President of Chile from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2014 to 2018. Current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Senator Ben Cardin

Senior United States Senator from Maryland

Senator Todd Young

Senior United States Senator from Indiana

Senator Dick Durbin

Senior United States Senator from Illinois

Senator Paul Lankford

Junior United States Senator from Oklahoma

Senator Chris Van Hollen

Senior United States Senator from Indiana

Senator Tim Kaine

Junior United States Senator from Virginia

Senator Chris Coons

Junior United States Senator from Delaware

Senator Jeff Merkley

Junior United States Senator from Oregon

Representative Joaquin Castro

United States House of Representatives for Texas's 20th congressional district

Congressman Ron Kind

U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district

Congressman Mark Meadows

U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district

Representative Chris Smith

U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district

Representative Tim Walberg

U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district

Representative Ron Wright

U.S. Representative for Texas' 6th congressional district

Representative Steve Cohen

U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district

Representative Eliot Engel

U.S. Representative for New York's 16th congressional district

Representative Jim McGovern

U.S. Representative for Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district

Representative Chellie Pingree

U.S. Representative for Maine's 1st congressional district

Representative Adriano Espaillat

U.S. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district

Representative Donald Payne

U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 10th congressional district

Representative Jaime Raskin

U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district

Representative Bobbie Rush

U.S. Representative for Illinois' 1st congressional district

Representative Brad Sherman

TiU.S. Representative for California's 30th congressional district

Representative Gerald Connolly

U.S. Representative for Virgina's 11th congressional district

Representative Gwen Moore

U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 14th congressional district

Representative Raúl Grijalva

U.S. Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district

Representative Barbara Lee

U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district

Representative Jan Schakowsky

U.S. Representative for Illinois' 9th congressional district

Representative Alma Adams

U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 12th congressional district

Representative Sanford Bishop

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 2nd congressional district

Representative Suzanne Bonamici

U.S. Representative for Oregon's 1st congressional district

Representative Juila Brownley

U.S. Representative for California's 26th congressional district

Representative Tony Cárdenas

U.S. Representative for California's 29th congressional district

Representative Katherine Clark

U.S. Representative for Massachusetts' 5th congressional district

Representative Yvette Clarke

U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district

Representative Val Demings

U.S. Representative for Florida's 10th congressional district

Representative Debbie Dingell

U.S. Representative for Michigan's 12th congressional district

Representative Jahana Hayes

U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 5th congressional district

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

U.S. Representative for Texas' 30th congressional district

Representative Robin Kelly

U.S. Representative for Illinois' 2nd congressional district

Representative Ann Kuster

U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

Representative Brenda Lawrence

U.S. Representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district

Representative Tom Malinowski

U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 7th congressional district

Representative Chris Pappas

U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

Representative Paul Tonko

U.S. Representative for New York's 20th congressional district

Representative Juan Vargas

U.S. Representative for California's 51st 20th congressional district

Representative Susan Wild

U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 7th 20th congressional district

Representative Frederica Wilson

U.S. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district

Representative Donald Beyer

U.S. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district

Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester

U.S. Representative for Delaware's at-large congressional district

Representative Debra Haaland

U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district

Representative Zoe Lofgren

U.S. Representative for California's 19th congressional district

Representative David Cicilline

U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district

Representative Alan Lowenthal

U.S. Representative for California's 47th congressional district

Representative David Trone

U.S. Representative for Marylands's 6th congressional district

Representative Betty McCollum

U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district

Representative Mark Pocan

U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district

Representative Anna Eshoo

U.S. Representative for California's 18th congressional district

Representative Van Taylor

U.S. Representative for Texas' 3rd congressional district

Representative Jackie Walorski

U.S. Representative for Indiana's 2nd congressional district

Cristian Dan Preda

Member of the European Parliament

Željana Zovko

Member of the European Parliament

José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez Neyra

Member of the European Parliament

Esther de Lange

Member of the European Parliament

Jarosław Wałęsa

Member of the European Parliament

Romana Tomc

Member of the European Parliament

Csaba Sógor

Member of the European Parliament

Pavel Svoboda

Member of the European Parliament

Milan Zver

Member of the European Parliament

Tunne Kelam

Member of the European Parliament

Tomáš Zdechovský

Member of the European Parliament

Michaela Šojdrová

Member of the European Parliament

David McAllister

Member of the European Parliament

Adam Szejnfeld

Member of the European Parliament

Andrzej Grzyb

Member of the European Parliament

Inese Vaidere

Member of the European Parliament

Dubravka Šuica

Member of the European Parliament

Seán Kelly

Member of the European Parliament

Andrey Kovatchev

Member of the European Parliament

Marijana Petir

Member of the European Parliament

Sandra Kalniete

Member of the European Parliament

Krzysztof Hetman

Member of the European Parliament

László Tőkés

Member of the European Parliament

Elmar Brok

Former Member of the European Parliament and key architect of the Constitution of the European Union

Elena Valenciano

Member of the European Parliament

Victor Boştinaru

Member of the European Parliament

Soraya Post

Member of the European Parliament

Maria Arena

Member of the European Parliament

Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament

Karol Karski

Member of the European Parliament

Jadwiga Wiśniewska

Member of the European Parliament

Branislav Škripek

Member of the European Parliament

Ruža Tomašić

Member of the European Parliament

Monica Macovei

Member of the European Parliament

Jan Huitema

Member of the European Parliament

Petras Auštrevičius

Member of the European Parliament

Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea

Member of the European Parliament

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica

Member of the European Parliament

Gérard Deprez

Member of the European Parliament

María Teresa Giménez Barbat

Member of the European Parliament

Marian Harkin

Member of the European Parliament

Ivan Jakovčić

Member of the European Parliament

Petr Ježek

Member of the European Parliament

Javier Nart

Member of the European Parliament

Urmas Paet

Member of the European Parliament

Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz

Member of the European Parliament

Carolina Punset

Member of the European Parliament

Jozo Radoš

Member of the European Parliament

Frédérique Ries

Member of the European Parliament

Robert Rochefort

Member of the European Parliament

Marietje Schaake

Member of the European Parliament

Jasenko Selimovic

Member of the European Parliament

Johannes Cornelis van Baalen

Member of the European Parliament

Hilde Vautmans

Member of the European Parliament

Mirja Vehkaperä

Member of the European Parliament

Judith Sargentini

Member of the European Parliament

Maria Heubuch

Member of the European Parliament

Bodil Valero

Member of the European Parliament

Ernest Urtasun

Member of the European Parliament

Michèle Rivasi

Member of the European Parliament

Miguel Urbán Crespo

Member of the European Parliament

Marie Christine Vergiat

Member of the European Parliament

Estefanía Torres Martínez

Member of the European Parliament

Lola Sánchez Caldentey

Member of the European Parliament

Tania González Peñas

Member of the European Parliament

Xabier Benito Ziluaga

Member of the European Parliament

Dimitrios Papadimoulis

Member of the European Parliament

Kostadinka Kuneva

Member of the European Parliament

Stelios Kouloglou

Member of the European Parliament

Patrick Le Hyaric

Member of the European Parliament

Jiří Maštálka

Member of the European Parliament

Kateřina Konečná

Member of the European Parliament

Helmut Scholz

Member of the European Parliament

Ignazio Corrao

Member of the European Parliament

Fabio Massimo Castaldo

Member of the European Parliament

Piernicola Pedicini

Member of the European Parliament

Marco Zullo

Member of the European Parliament

Dario Tamburrano

Member of the European Parliament

Laura Agea

Member of the European Parliament

Federica Mogherini

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Lord Paul Boateng

Member of the House of Lords

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale

Member of the House of Lords

Lord Chidgey

Member of the House of Lords

Lord Judd

Member of the House of Lords

Lord Alton of Liverpool

Member of the House of Lords

Lord Collins of Highbury

Member of the House of Lords

Baroness Goldie

Member of the House of Lords

Bob Blackman MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Brent and Harrow

Sir Peter Bottomley

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Worthing West

Douglas Chapman MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Dunfermline and West Fife

Jim Cunningham MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Coventry South

Mary Glindon MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for North Tyneside

John Grogan MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Keighley

Kelvin Hopkins MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Luton North

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Brighton Kemptown

Christopher Charles Stephens MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Glasgow South West

Ann Clwyd MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Cynon Valley

Carolyn Lucas MP

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom for Brighton Pavilion
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Together, we can build a better future

From Civil Society organisations to members of the Government and  Political Parties, we continue to receive endorsements and messages of support. Below are some groups and personalities who have already done so.

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