Forum on democratization, development and human security [Archives:2005/817/Local News]

February 18 2005

Sana'a, 15 February 2005 (United Nations Information Centre): The Government of the Republic of Yemen, the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme, in cooperation with the Commission on Human Security, are organizing a Yemeni Forum on Democratization, Development and Human Security to be held in Sana'a on 21 – 23 February. This event is a follow-up to the discussions of the Inter-Governmental Regional Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Role of the International Criminal Court held in Sana'a on 10-12 January 2004.

The purpose of the Forum is to promote a better understanding of the achievements of Yemen in democratization, economic reform, human development and human security and the challenges it faces in these areas. This gathering will provide an opportunity to strengthen ties and collaboration between local and international partners and will be useful for enhancing multi-faceted economic cooperation with Yemen. It is expected that discussions at the Forum will further contribute to strengthening the environment of openness, modernization and democratization in Yemen.

The Forum will address the following three issues: (a) promoting democratic governance, advancing human rights and strengthening security: prospects and challenges; (b) social aspects of human security: meeting basic needs; (c) economic reform and meeting Millennium Development Goals: the way ahead. This event is envisaged as a round table discussion.

Approximately 150 participants are expected. Among those invited are Yemeni government officials, parliamentarians and other prominent political figures, representatives of civil society, community-based and religious organizations, diplomatic missions in Sana'a, UN agencies, the World Bank, the Organization of Islamic Conference, the League of Arab States, the Council of the European Union, and international experts on Yemen.