Doha (Agencies: 05/17/2010): In preparation for the performance of civil society organizations in the context of the activities leading to the 7th Forum for the Future chaired by Qatar and Canada this year due to be held in Qatar, an official meeting was held at the Cairo Headquarters of the International Canadian Research Centre. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Centre, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Qatar, and the Arab Foundation for Democracy.
The meeting, co-chaired by NHRC Chairman, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Marry, and Mr. Monroe Laughlin – Vice President of the International Canadian Research Centre, dealt with all related regulatory and logistic issues these activities.
The participants highly evaluated their coordination efforts in this regard, including the role played by the foreign ministries in Qatar and Canada with aim of ensuring the success of the forum, adding to that the determination of all parties involved to enhance the participation in the form by the largest number possible of civil society organizations in the activities of the forum workshops scheduled to be held throughout 2010 in Doha, Beirut and Istanbul, as well as the regional seminars to be held in Yemen, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia in the first week of August.
Meanwhile, the NHRC also hosted Ms. Mary dolphin – of the International Relations – Department of Foreign Relations of the United Nations Office for the rights of refugees who was received by Ms Maryam Al-Attiyah – NHRC Secretary-General.
According to a US State Department report, the leaders of the G8 industrialized nations and countries of the BMENA, Broader Middle East and North Africa, launched the Partnership for Progress and a Common Future – a blueprint for how G8 and Middle Eastern countries could best work together to support indigenous calls for reform – at the G8 Sea Island, Georgia, summit in June 2004.
The inaugural Forum for the Future in Rabat in December 2004 established a process of dialogue among G8 and regional governments in pursuit of these aims and underwrote seven ambitious initiatives formulated at the Sea Island summit.
The yearly Forum for the Future is a centerpiece of the BMENA partnership by providing an international venue to support the reform voices in the region. The Forum permits the partners and other supportive countries and organizations to engage on political, economic and social reform on a regular basis.