Doha: (Agencies: 7/10/2009): The National Human Rights Committee, in association with the Doha-based Arab Democracy Foundation, the No Peace without Justice Organization (NPWJ) and the Arab Assistance Dialogue Group (DAD Partnership), will be organizing a workshop on human and political security in the Arab world on October 12 and 13, it was announced yesterday.
The workshop, which comes as part of the preparations for the sixth edition of the Forum for the Future in 2009 which will be hosted by Morocco on November 2 and 3, will focus on the social development in the Arab states, with a particular reference to the 2009 Arab Human Development report.
Addressing a press conference held at the National Human Rights Committee, the NHRC chairman, Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, said that the workshop will be seeking a new vision for social development in the Arab world and feature discussions about political, social and human security in the region.
Some 60 experts who represent NGOs from different countries will be participating in the workshop along with senior officials from Qatari, Italian, Moroccan, Egyptian governments.
The Arab Democracy Foundation secretary general, Mushin Marzooq, said the workshop will be submitting its recommendations on sustainable development in the Arab world to the sixth edition of the Forum for the Future.
“I hope the participating delegates at the workshop can develop a vision on the issues of human security in the Arab world to be submitted to the Forum for Future,” Marzooq said.
The Forum for the Future, which is a joint initiative of the countries of the broad Middle East and North Africa region and the G8, includes as members Qatar, UAE, Iran, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Yemen, along with the G8.
It brings together representatives of governments of the region and the G8 at the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs as well as the civil society and the private sector to promote the reform efforts in the region countries.