13 April 2018, GENEVA - The Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations and the Nigerien NGO Jeunesse-Enfance-Migration-Développement have signed and endorsed the 2017 Geneva Declaration entitled “Mobility and human solidarity, a challenge and an opportunity for Europe and the MENA region”. The National Coordinator of the Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations Mr. Joseph Désiré Zebaze and the President of Jeunesse-Enfance-Migration-Développement Mr. Manou Nabara Hamidou have become the 18th and 19th co-signatories respectively of the Declaration.
As of 13 April 2018, the Geneva Declaration has been signed by the following civil society organizations and migration specialists from the Arab region and the West. Co-signatories of the declaration stand as follows:
- (1) H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue;
- (2) H. E. Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue;
- (3) Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC);
- (4) Dr. Roberto Savio, Founder and President Emeritus of Inter Press Service (IPS). Director for International Relations of the European Centre for Peace and Development;
- (5) H. E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta;
- (6) Dr. Alfred de Zayas, United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order;
- (7) Mr. Edouard Rodier, Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Europe Office (NRC);
- (8) H. E. Ambassador George Papadatos, Head of the European Public Law Mission in Geneva;
- (9) Mr. Ramesh Jaura, President of the Global Cooperation Council and the Director General Chief Editor of the International Press Syndicate;
- (10) Mr. Halle Jørn Hanssen, journalist and author based in Norway;
- (11) Mr. David Koros, Director of the African Centre Against Torture (ACAT);
- (12) Dr. Oreste Foppiani, Head of the Department of International Relations and Associate Professor of International History & Politics at Webster University;
- (13) Ms. Ngoneh Panneh, Founder and President of Citizens United Switzerland;
- (14) Prof. Dr Negoslav P. Ostojić, Executive Director of the ECPD UN University for Peace;
- (15) Ms. Samar Muhareb, CEO of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development;
- (16) Reverend Mike Deeb, Permanent Delegate of the Dominican Order to the United Nations;
- (17) Dr. Ibrahima Guissé, CEO of Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO);
- (18) Mr. Joseph Désiré Zebaze, National Coordinator of the Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations;
- (19) Mr. Manou Nabara Hamidou, President of Jeunesse-Enfance-Migration-Développement (JMED).
The Geneva Declaration is the fruit of a panel debate entitled “Migration and human solidarity, a challenge and an opportunity for Europe and the MENA region” that was organized on 14 December 2017 at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
The objective of this declaration is to highlight that States and decision-makers in the Arab region and the West are morally and legally bound to enhance human mobility. It behoves them to respond with a unified voice to the tragedy of those millions of people on the move in in the Middle East and North Africa region.
It also calls upon all States to contribute to the realization of the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. These frameworks were identified in the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migration as concrete action points to be taken by global decision-makers to identify a “framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility” which will be adopted by the UN in the course of 2018.
A copy of the 2017 Geneva Declaration will be submitted to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights as well as to the UN Secretary General once the declaration has been signed by 20 signatories.
The Geneva Declaration is open for signatures by international and national NGOs and civil society organizations. To discuss this, please contact the Geneva Centre’s communications officer Mr. Blerim Mustafa on email@example.com or +41 (0) 22 748 27 95.
The declaration can be downloaded at: 2017 Mobility and Human Solidarity Geneva Declaration