16 October 2020 – Implementation of N’Djamena Declaration in West Bloc gets major boost following visit of CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck…

Close to twenty participants joined the 16 October 2020 proceedings in Yaoundé which marked the first meeting of the West Bloc Coordination Platform for monitoring the implementation of the N’Djamena Declaration. The Co-Leader partners of the Geographical Bloc, representatives of ECCAS, COMIFAC and countries involved in the N’Djamena process participated in the meeting.

 

The meeting was moderated by: Hans Klein GIZ / BSB Yamoussa Project Manager and Ms. Bertile Mayen.

The meeting was built around the following items:

  • Opening remarks by the GIZ / BSB Yamoussa Project Manager: Mr. Hans-Juergen Klein
  • An update on the context of the meeting and the development of the logical framework and roadmap for monitoring the N’Djamena Declaration.
  • Current state of monitoring of the N’Djamena Declaration
  • Discussions / question-and-answer sessions and next steps: Date of the next Coordination Platform meeting.
  • Closing remarks by the CBFP Facilitator: the Honourable Mr. Christian RUCK

 

The main conclusions of the meeting are listed below:

  • Status of implementation of the N'Djamena Declaration - From January 2019 to October 2020: The Co-Leader partners were requested to provide updates, and report on the implementation status of the N'Djamena Declaration in the area where they operate.
  • The date of the next Coordination Platform meeting extended to representatives of the West Bloc countries and sub-regional organizations aimed at developing the countries’ investment programs was set for 26 January  2020 in Yaoundé.
  • The next steps in the implementation of the N’Djamena Declaration were validated by the participants and are shown in the figure below:

Taking the floor at the meeting, the Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany informed the participants of the high-level breakfast he had hosted for the Ambassadors of the countries covered by the West Bloc, as part of his contribution to the implementation of the Facilitator's political and diplomatic action sheet. Dr Ruck assured the partners of his commitment to monitoring transhumance, a key axis of his roadmap. The Facilitator pointed out that transhumance represents a crucial and high-stakes challenge for the sub-region. There is unanimous agreement among players today about the need to take wide ranging measures to tackle transhumance-related issues. On a happy note, Dr Ruck highlighted the high levels of awareness among the Ambassadors of the countries comprising the West Bloc, especially regarding transboundary agreements, between Nigeria and Cameroon for instance, increased engagement of local and traditional actors and the mobilization of donors. Regarding funding, Honorable Dr Christian Ruck reaffirmed his efforts to rally Germany’s support at the highest levels. He pledged to pursue his advocacy efforts with all donors for the benefit of transhumance.

 

Please download the following presentations:

  • Implementation status of the N’Djamena Declaration - From January 2019 to October 2020
  • Progress made since the Expert meeting of countries comprising the West Bloc in Douala in December 2019
  • Next steps in the West Bloc

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