On the May 9, U.S. Embassy Political and Economic Officer Connor O’Steen joined over 7,000 youth for the Carton Rouge event at the Palais du Sports in Yaounde, where he delivered a speech reaffirming the United States of America’s commitment to promote wildlife preservation.
In his remarks, Mr. O’Steen noted: “As tomorrow’s leaders, it is great to see today’s youth assume leadership responsibilities, including to save this regions precious wildlife… We still have time to save Cameroon’s tragically dwindling elephant population. We offer the people of Cameroon the commitment of the United States of America to support your efforts to protect this nation’s wildlife. In the Ambassador’s meetings with Cameroonian government officials, security forces, and residents from areas adjacent to the Bouba N’djida National Park, he has met many Cameroonians who impressed him with their understanding of the importance of wildlife preservation. We share their urgency that now is the time to preserve Cameroon’s wildlife for future generations — before it is too late.”
The Carton Rouge event was organized by Mr. Alain Edjimbi from the NGO “Positive Black Show,” established in 2003, with the high patronage of the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon. It was also sponsored by NESTLE Cameroon, NextTel, and others.
The program was organized to promote Central African regional youth leadership and exchanges by raising awareness on social, environmental, and wildlife preservation issues to generate African solutions to these challenges.
Hosted by Cameroonian youth, Carton Rouge also welcomed hundreds of youth participants from the Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. It received wide and positive media coverage in Cameroon and across the region.
See Facebook album of program: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155526221595716.1073742005.312546460715&type=1.