Forum for the Future VII: Ministerial Meeting
Doha, 13 January 2011
The Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF) took part on 13 January 2011 in the Seventh Forum for the Future ministerial meeting. The meeting was officially opened by H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani, Qatar’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, and attended by most of the G8 ministers of foreign affairs, those of the Arab countries, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mr. Amr Moussa, government high officials, as well as representatives of CSOs and the private sector.
H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani spoke about Qatar’s proposal to establish a regional center for Human Security specialized in studies and research, and in making proposals to decision makers in the region, for the common interests of peace and development. H.E. lauded the important role played by CSOs, namely ADF, the Qatar Human Rights Committee, and the International Development and Research Centre for their efforts during the Forum.
A discussion panel around the political and economic issues in the region was organized during the meeting. The panelists were Mrs. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Bahrain minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Salaheddine Jourchi on behalf of the CSOs, and Mr. Mohamed Abdel Fattah, chair of the Chambers of Commerce Union. They discussed the main challenges and how to overcome them for the sake of a people’s better future. The panelists insisted on the importance of dialogue and the role of CSOs as partner in the region. They also highlighted the need to use all available opportunities and resources to achieve sustainable development.
Mr. Mohsen Marzouk, ADF’s Secretary-General, presented the CSOs’ statement in the closing panel. He stressed the importance of Qatar’s suggestion to establish a regional center for Human Security, considering it a follow-up response to one of the CSOs’ submitted proposals.
The G8-BMENA Seventh Forum for the Future concluded without issuing a common statement from the governments, CSOs, and the private sector, because of Canada’s insistence on removing the paragraph about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, namely the borders and the Palestinian capital.