About Governors’ Forum

The Lake Chad Region has been severely impacted the Boko Haram insurgency and other related conflicts. The impacts range from massive internal and cross-border displacement, the destruction of social fabric and property, human rights abuses and disrupted public services, and limited capacities of government institutions. The Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram-affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin (RSS) provides a robust framework for addressing these complex and urgent challenges. It recognizes the need for a comprehensive, multi-sectoral and coordinated set of national and cross-border efforts.

In May 2018, the Governors of the eight worst-affected areas of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria met in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria to establish the Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum for Regional Cooperation on stabilization, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development (“the LCB Governors’ Forum”). The success of the first LCB Governors’ Forum provided contributed to the development of the RSS, which recognized the LCB Governors Forum as an integral part and important vehicle for implementing the RSS.

The Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum is the main platform for cross-border dialogue, cooperation and exchange, and to support ongoing national, regional and multilateral efforts towards stabilisation in the LCB region.

Governors' Forum 2021

The Lake Chad Basin Commission in collaboration with the Governors of the affected territories and Government of Cameroon is convening the third LCB Governors’ Forum in Yaoundé Cameroon from 10-12 May 2021. The Forum will provide an opportunity to build on the achievements since May 2018 to strengthen regional and cross-border cooperation in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the region. The Forum will assess and analyze the political, civil, security and humanitarian situation in the LCB region. It will identify areas where cooperation and support should be reinforced and provide opportunities to share best practices between international experts, and national and local actors engaged in the implementation of the RSS.

VISION AND OBJECTIVES

The LCB Governors Forum is the main platform for cross-border dialogue, cooperation and exchange, and to support ongoing national, regional and multilateral efforts towards stabilisation in the LCB region.

 

The Forum is committed to promoting dialogue and cross-border cooperation; enhance cross-border security cooperation, and facilitating cross-border trade and economic recovery to boost livelihoods. Finally, the Governors also committed to the design and implementation of the Territorial Action Plans (TAPs) as the foundation for long terms stabilisation, recovery and resilience in the region.