9th Forum for the Future: toward stronger partnership between governments and civil society to advance democratic reforms in the bMENA region

2 Oct, 2012 | Press Releases

Amman, Jordan, 2 October 2012

No Peace Without Justice contributed to the Regional Workshop on “Economic Governance and Entrepreneurship in the BMENA Region”, that was held in Amman, Jordan, on 1-2 October 2012, as the second of a series of preparatory regional workshops convened in the framework of the 2012 Forum for the Future. The Amman workshop was organized by the League of Women Voters (USA) and the Tunisian NGO “Arforghe” in coordination with the co-chairs of this year’s Forum – the governments of USA and Tunisia.

The meeting, which gathered together democracy advocates, civil society activists and experts together with government representatives of G8 and Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) countries, aimed at addressing key reform priorities to improve economic governance and entrepreneurship, as well as to foster cooperation and joint efforts between civil society, private sector and governments in the field. The results of the Workshop will be presented to the Ministerial Meeting of the Forum for the Future 2012 in Tunisia.

Statement by Gianluca Eramo, MENA Program Coordinator of No Peace Without Justice:

“Since 2004, NPWJ has been working to promote, within the framework of the Forum for the Future, continuous and inclusive consultation between governments and civil society representatives, aiming at the development of joint proposals to promote political reforms and human rights in the MENA Region.

“Considering the recent developments and ongoing process of transition in several countries of the region, today it is even more urgent to provide full support to this process in order to ensure that citizens can actively engage in democratic reform and contribute to their country’s future based onfreedom and respect for fundamental human rights, good governance and economic prosperity.

“We look forward to see the engagement of governments further expanded and reinforced during these preparatory regional workshops in order to enhance a regular and substantive dialogue with civil society, based on peer-to-peer and mutual recognition, and achieve a set of joint and constructive proposals and recommendations at the Ministerial meeting in Tunis.

For further information, please contact: Gianluca Eramo, email: geramo@npwj.org, phone: +1 212 9802558 or Nicola Giovannini on ngiovannini@npwj.org or +32 2 548 39 15.