The center’s president delivers a speech before the foreign ministers meeting at the Sixth Forum for the Future, calling on them to support pluralism and diversity
The President of the Center for Strategic Thinking and Defending Democracy, Moulay Boubkir Hamdani, delivered a speech to the foreign ministers meeting at the Sixth Forum for the Future, calling on them to support pluralism and diversity in the world
The Forum for the Future is a joint initiative between the G8 countries (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, Britain, and Russia), and about 20 countries from the broader Middle East and North Africa region, as well as the European Commission and the League of Arab States. It was launched during the G8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia, in 2004 Its first session was held in Rabat of the same year, under the co-presidency of Morocco and the United States.
The participation of the Center for Strategic Thinking and Defense of Democracy comes in line with its objectives aimed at deepening dialogue and consultation in the direction of spreading the values of tolerance and understanding among peoples as the most effective way for coexistence between different civilizations and religions, leading to engaging in reforms in the field of democracy, human rights and economic and social development. And rehabilitation of the human element.
The Forum for the Future, at the conclusion of its sixth session on Tuesday / November 3/2009 in Marrakesh, called for the necessity of seeking an “equal partnership” between the G8 and the broader Middle East and North Africa region.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in a joint press conference with his Moroccan counterpart, Tayeb Fassi Fihri, that the “equal partnership” between the two groups would give a new dynamic and a tangible human dimension to cooperation in various economic, social and political fields. He added that this dynamic will help ensure engagement in the sought-after reforms in the field of consolidating democratic practice and spreading a culture of human rights. He pointed out that the democratic models in the West are not the ideal models ready to be applied anywhere, and therefore the countries of the Greater Middle East and Africa are encouraged to choose the models that are compatible with their cultures, civilizations and peculiarities.
Frattini praised the contributions and proposals of civil society organizations in enriching dialogue and consultation within the Forum for the Future, considering that the proposals of these bodies are “practical and constructive”, especially those related to empowering women and rehabilitating young people and creating mechanisms to ensure their entry into public life and networks that work to exchange experiences and expertise between public institutions and universities in All countries of the two groups.