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Preliminary Programme

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DAY 1 | 28 OCTOBER 2014

08:45

Registration

09:30

 

Opening session

  • H.E. Mr. Nasser Bourita, Secretary-General of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation  
  • H.E. Mr. Claude Wild, Assistant State Secretary, Head of the Human Security Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland 

10:00

Coffee

10:30

 

Additional declarations by invited states


Moderator:

  • Mr. Azzeddine Farhane, Head of the Department of United Nations and International Organizations, Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

12:15

Lunch

14:00

Plenary session

Armed violence in the MENA region

 

Moderator:

  • Professor Taj Eddine El Houssaini, Professor of International Relations, University Mohammed V, Rabat

Panelists:

 

15:30

Coffee

16:00–

17:30

Parallel thematic sessions

 

Session 1

Strategies and resources, including data collection, to prevent and reduce armed violence in the context of the post-2015 development programme

 

What educational strategy should be put in place to prevent armed violence? How important is the provision and sharing of data in the response to armed violence? How important is data and information in the implementation of international policies against armed violence? What actors are involved in the reduction of armed violence? Does effective cooperation exist between the various stakeholders (in the disarmament and development sectors) involved in reducing armed violence? How does the private sector contribute to creating and maintaining stability supportive of sustainable development and, consequently, the reduction and prevention of armed violence? On a global level, how can data be provided that is relevant to the processes involved in the reduction and prevention of armed violence? Is this data relevant to the post-2015 development programme?


Moderator:
 

  • Dr. Zuhair Al Idrissi, Head of UN Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudia Arabia

Panelists:

  • Professor Abdallah Saaf, Director of the Moroccan Center for Studies and Research in Social Sciences
  • Mr. Ammar Hijazi, under DG of the Multilateral Department, Palestine
  • Ms. Yacine Diama Fal, Resident Representative, African Development Bank, Morocco

 

 

Session 2

Prevention of transnational organized crime through the promotion of regional and international aid

What is the role of regional and international aid in ensuring the success of national and regional policies to fight transnational crime? In what areas can regional and international aid contribute to strengthening the capacity of member states in the MENA region? To what extent can regional and international aid support the implementation of sub-regional and regional mechanisms for the collection, analysis and sharing of information on transnational organized crime? 

Moderator:  

  • Mr. Amine Belhaj, Head of Global issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco 

Panelists:

  • Professor Mohammed Bennani, Member of the Consultative Center for Human Rights
  • Mr. Emmanuel Farhat, Representative of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Ambassador Siraj al-Din Hamid Yousif, Director General, International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sudan

 

20:00

Dinner
hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Salahedine Mezouar, at the Guest House

 

 

 

DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2014

09:00

Parallel thematic sessions

 

Session 1

Border security between the Sahel region and the AMU states 

 

Given the context of increased terrorist and criminal threats in the Sahel region, how can the borders between the Sahel and the countries of the AMU best be secured? By what means can synergies be promoted between organizations and stakeholders at the local and national levels to promote the free movement of goods and people, while ensuring security and open borders? Could a broad approach, including political, socio-economic, security and legal dimensions, encourage active and united cooperation for optimal border security in the region?


Moderator:

  • Professor Mohammed Benhammou, President of the Moroccan Center of Strategic Studies

Panelists:

  • Ambassador Moha Tagma, Head of the African Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Morocco
  • Ambassador Angel Losada Fernandez, Ambassador on Special Mission to the Sahel, Spain
  • Mr. Tarek Letaief, Representative of the Secretary General of the Maghreb Arab Union

 

 

Session 2

Controlling the illegal trade in small arms and light weapons


What impact has the illegal trade in small arms and light weapons had on efforts to reduce armed violence and, consequently, on development? What efforts have been made at the national, international, regional and sub-regional levels to control the movement of weapons? How can the transfer of arms be better controlled? What strategies should be used today to limit the proliferation and illegal circulation of small arms and ammunition in the sub-region? How can states in the region implement the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)? What strategy is best for controlling the illegal arms trade?


Moderator:

  • Mr. Khaled Ben Jassem Al Tani, Head of Human Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

Panelists:

  • Mr. Ayman Quatarneh, Acting Chief of arms control, Jordan
  • Ms. Diabaté Coulibaly, President of the National Committee on the proliferation of Small Arms, Mali
  • Mr. Moncef Kartas, Senior Researcher, Small Arms Survey, Geneva

 

10:30

Coffee

11:00

Parallel thematic sessions

 

Session 1

Reinforcing regional and inter-regional cooperation to prevent armed violence

What efforts are being made at the regional and inter-regional level to prevent armed violence? How could synergies be developed between the different regional and inter-regional actors (CEN-SAD, ECOWAS, AMU, Arab League) to achieve better cooperation in the prevention of armed violence? What benefits could result from the implementation of a common platform for sharing data between the different regional and inter-regional actors working to prevent armed violence?


Moderator:
 

  • Mr. Redouane Houssaini, Head of UN Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco

Panelists:

 

 

Session 2

Building peace in post-conflict situations

 

What is the impact of transnational crime on peace and stability in the MENA region? What role can peacebuilding in post-conflict situations, in particular strategies for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), play in the fight against transnational organized crime? What role could the Peacebuilding Commission play? How can strengthening the institutional capacity and technical expertise of states in the MENA region contribute to peacebuilding, while mitigating the impact of transnational crime on stability? How can cooperation be strengthened between the Peacebuilding Commission and states in the MENA region to fight transnational organized crime?

Moderator:

  • Mr. Marco Kalbusch, Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC)

Panelists:

  • Ms. Johanna Nassar, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Lebanon
  • Mr. Jean-Michel Rousseau, Head of North Africa desk, Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva
  • Mr. Ouedraogo Saidou, Director of Peacekeeping operations and military cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Burkina Faso

 

12:30

Lunch

14:00

Parallel thematic sessions

 

Session 1

The role of young people and women in reducing armed violence

 

What role can young people and women, both as actor and victim, play in strategies to reduce armed violence? To what extent can education and awareness campaigns targeting young people and women contribute to the prevention and reduction of armed violence? How can national policies to fight social exclusion, insecurity, unemployment and sexism, prevent the abuse and exploitation of young people and women in situations of armed violence? How can regional and international partners help states in the MENA region implement specific training and retraining programmes for young people and women involved in the fight against armed violence?


Moderator
:

  • Mr. Mohamed Haddy, Vice-President of the Moroccan Center for Studies and Research in Social Sciences

Panelists:

 

 

 

Session 2

Reducing armed violence – the challenge to meet post-2015 development goals

What is the impact of armed violence on the achievement of post-2015 development goals? Can taking armed violence into account in national development policies in the MENA region contribute to achieving the post-2015 development goals? How can nations in the region best implement the development/security nexus to fight armed violence? How can international cooperation and aid promote stability and development in the countries of the MENA region?


Moderator:

  • Ambassador Badredine Allali, Vice-Secretary General of the League of Arab States

Panelists:

 

15:30

Coffee

16:00-
17:00

Closing session

Overall summary by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

 

18:30

Reception in honour of the participants
hosted by the Swiss Ambassador to Morocco, H.E. Mr Bertrand Louis