Quest for Peace & Justice:

An International Conference on the Decolonization Processes of Former UN Trusteeship Territories

September 30-October 1, 2021, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA

Just as justice is the pathway to peace, peace is a precondition for freedom.  The decolonization process prescribed in the United Nations Charter for the decolonization of trusteeship territories was designed to provide for permanent peace and justice in those territories.  Territories that were decolonized in line with the text of the Charter remain today peaceful and stable.  However, territories whose decolonization deviated from the processes prescribed in the text of Charter remain riddled in conflict and instability.  The conference is organized to bring together scholars, peace advocates and policymakers to share thoughts and ideas on the decolonization process of former UN Trusteeship Territories and explore areas of convergence on minimum conditions that are necessary for the nonviolent resolution of conflicts in former Trusteeship Territories.

Participants are welcomed to give presentations on any of the 11 territories that were formerly under the trusteeship of the United Nations, but the main case study at the conference will be on the former Trusteeship Territory of the British Southern Cameroons.  Despite an overwhelming 64-23 vote at the United Nations authorizing independence for the territory, Southern Cameroons remains to this day a territory without independence and without sovereign rights.  Where did the UN decolonization process go wrong?

At the 50th anniversary of the founding of the AU in 2013, African leaders admitted that the biggest challenge facing the continent was conflicted.  In their resolve not to pass the burden down to future generations, they adopted a “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020” Resolution as part of the continent’s developmental blueprint for “Agenda 2063.”  The Resolution was adopted with the hope that it was going to prevent genocide, rid the continent of wars and help achieve a conflict-free Africa.

We are one year past 2020, and the guns still are not silenced. In the quest to build a conflict-free world, scholars, peace advocates and policymakers like you belong in the front seat.  You have a frontline role to play.  This conference is organized to give you the opportunity to play that role.  Collectively, we will discuss the best options for a lasting solution to the war in Cameroon.

The conference is scheduled for September 30 to October 1, 2021, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  Participants are invited to submit papers on concepts, thoughts and creative actions they think would help end the ongoing carnage and permanently put to rest the grievances leading up to the outbreak of the war between the Government of Cameroun and the people of the former British Trusteeship Territory of Southern Cameroons.  Participants whose presentations are publishable will be given the opportunity to have them edited for publication in a special book edition that will be titled “Our Generation’s Quest for a Conflict-Free World.”

Co-Sponsors:

  • Southern Cameroons Peoples’ Organization
  • Women for Permanent Peace and Justice

Direct inquiries to:

  • Conference Planning Committee Chair Dennis Atemkeng at Denatem@yahoo.com/+251-944-135-469
  • SCAPO Chair, Hon Augustine Ndangam at AFNdangam@gmail.com /701-330-8050
  • WPPJ Chair, Dr. Emma Osong at 202 409 8200; email: Emmaosong@w4ppj.org

Submit Abstracts or presentation titles to Professor John Fobanjong at: