Doha: (NHRC 12/10/2009): The activities of the conference on human and political security in the Arab world opened at the Ritz Carlton Hotel this morning (Monday: 12/10/2009). The function is jointly organized by The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), in association with the Doha-based Arab Democracy Foundation, the No Peace without Justice Organization (NPWJ) and the Arab Assistance Dialogue Group (DAD Partnership.)
The opening speech at the forum was delivered by H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Assistant Foreign Minister who stressed that the importance of the relationship between human security and development has increased and taken a prominent place on the international scene at the present-day adding that the contemporary international realities witnessed a significant development of the concept of human security heading to a departure from the traditional approach of focusing on the security of the State without paying due attention to human security. The two sides are now viewed as indivisible, H.E. said.
The opening session was also addressed by their excellencies, Dr. Ali Ben Smaikh al-Marry, NHRC president, Dr. Muhsin Marzouk, the Secretary General of the Arab Democracy Foundation, representative of the Italian government, Antonilla Unido and Dr. Niccola Figan Talamanca of the organization of “No Peace without Justice”.
In his speech, Dr al-Marry stressed the importance of strengthening the concept of human security and promoting it in the Arab world through adopting proper policies that integrate the concept with the political, economic and social strategies. H.E. also called for creating the suitable national, regional mechanisms to apply human security concepts and monitor their implementation and determine the effects of adopting such programmes on concerned societies.
Dr. al-Marry’s views were also confirmed by Dr. Marzouq in his speech and accordingly the two men stressed the need to achieve human security for the people of Palestine who are severely suffering under the yoke of Israeli occupation. Dr. Marzouq meanwhile stressed the need for all concerned parties to work towards creating and developing working partnerships between governments and civil organizations, on one level, between East and West, on another, and between South and South, on third level.
All speakers have meanwhile underlined the significant role Qatar is playing to bring all these parties and groups together under the wise leadership of HH the Emir SH Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani. In this regard Dr. Niccola Talamanca particularly pointed out that Doha is now enjoying the international reputation of being one of the pivotal world capitals for dialogue and cooperation.
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, on Wednesday (7/10/2009) 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 60 participants are taking part in the workshop along with senior officials from Qatari, Italian, Moroccan and 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.