140 people from all over West Africa have attended the first ever Ecowas Civil Society Forum in Accra, Ghana. Kayode Fayemi of the CDD writes to say that the outcome of the meeting will be discussed by the Ecowas Council of Ministers this week in Accra and the recommendations tabled before the region' s heads of state on Friday. Watch PeaceAfrica for his report, once it is all over.
And while they are in Accra, the heads of state are being assailed by demands that they act to curb "the rising spate of arms-related crimes in Ghana and the sub-region." Anti-arms groups Fosda and Waansa have organised an avalanche of events - a parade of women, youth and children bearing placards amidst music in the corridors of the summit, plus a photo exhibition, power point display and video films.