"Roundtables on Civil Society organisations' strategic planning for democratic reform"

Program - Amman, 17-19 June 2007

Sunday 17 June 2007

Forum for the Future: Planning Strategy Meeting
Welcoming speeches:
-Dr. Taieb Baccouche
-Dr. Niccolo Figà-Talamanca
-Ms. Amina Bouayache
-Mr. Mohsen Marzouk
-Mr. Richard Rowson
10:00: Roundtable: International Initiatives to Promote Democracy in the Arab Region:
Civil Society’s Strategic Planning
-Mr. Ezzeddine Al-Asbahy: “Arab Civil Society Organizations’ Workplan for the
Participation in the Next Forum for the Future in Yemen”
12:00: Coffee Break
-Mr. Mohsen Marzouk: “Project of Starting an Arab Movement towards Democratic Reform”
14:00: Lunch
Dr. Saad Eddine Ibrahim: The Arab Foundation for Democracy: Suggestions to Enrich the
Goals and Workplans”
18:00: Coffee Break
18:30: Opening of “The regional Preparatory Roundtable for the “Fourth Ministerial
Conference of the Community of Democracies”
-Mr. Bob LaGamma, Council of Communities of Democracies: “Community of Democracies,
from Warsaw to Mali: An Evaluation
-Mr. Mohamed Keita, Council of Communities of Democracies: “The Regional Preparatory
Roundtable for the “Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies in
Bamako, Mali: Regional Activities and Programmatic Work Groups”
-Mr. Mohsen Marzouk, Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center: “The Objectives of the
Council of Community of Democracies Arab Roundtable”
19:30: End of first day’s activities
Monday 18 June 2007
10:00: Panel I: Human Security and Democracy
Keynote Speech:
-HRH Prince Al-Hassan Bin Talal
-His Excellency Dr. Al-Sadig El-Mehdi: Former Prime Minister of Sudan
-Dr. Saad Eddine Ibrahim: President of Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
-Dr. Taieb Baccouche: President of the Arab Institute for Human Rights
-Mr. Mohamed Auajjar: Former Minister for Human Rights in Morocco
-Mr. Dick Rowson: Council for a Community of Democracies
“The Silver Olive Tree Award for Public Service” Ceremony
12:30: Return to hotel and lunch
15:00: Panel II: Development, Human Security and Democracy
-Dr. Hussain Shaban (Iraqi Network for Human Rights Culture, Iraq): “Human Security and
-Dr. Mostefa Bouchachi (Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights, Algeria):
“Democracy and Security: The War against Terror as a Threat against Democracy”
17:30: Panel III: Democracy and Peace
-Dr. Riadh Malki (Panorama Center, Palestine): “Democracy and Peace”
-Dr. Niccolo Figà-Talamanca (No Peace Without Justice, Italy): “Democracy and Peace: A
European Approach”
-Dr. Reza Eslami-Somea
19:00: End of second day’s activities
Tuesday 19 June 2007
09:00: Panel IV: Legislation and Rights: Media, Founding Associations and the Rule of
-Mr. Sleheddine El Jourchi (Al Jahedh Forum, Tunisia): “The Role of Media”
-Dr. Hoda Chalak (Civil Action Coalition, Lebanon): “Freedom of Organization”
-Mr. Boudjemâa Ghechir (Arab League for Human Rights, Algeria): “Rule of Law”
-Mr. Ali Djerri: (Al Khabar newspaper, Algeria)
11:00: Panel V: Experiences of Election-Monitoring in the Arab world, the Role of
Political Parties and Civil Society Organizations
-Mr. Mohamed Auajjar (Former Minister for Human Rights, Morocco): “Election
Monitoring: The Mauritanian Experience”
-Dr. Hani Hourani (Al Urdun Al-Jadid Research Center, Jordan): “The Role of the Arab Civil
Society in Election Monitoring: Selected Practices and New Initiative”
13:00: Panel VI: Monitoring and Evaluating Progress in the field of Reform in the Arab
Region: What can be done?
-Mr. Asem Rababa (Adaleh Center for Human Rights Studies, Jordan)
-Mr. Ezzeddine Al-Asbahy
-Mr. Mohsen Marzouk
14:30: Lunch and closing ceremony
16:00: Al-Kawakibi Chair for Democracy Transition: The Project Finalizing Meeting
-The first year test program
-Signing partnership agreements with universities and organizations