Education and respect for human rights underpin a “roadmap” aimed at supporting the Arab world’s transition to democracy, developed at an international round table organized by UNESCO at its Paris Headquarters on 21 June.
The “roadmap” defines the conditions necessary for the successful establishment of democratic states. Along with education and human rights, it focuses on issues of governance, democratic institutions, citizenship, the active involvement of women and young people, socio-economic development and freedom of expression.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova opened the round table, in the presence of Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of La Francophonie, Nickolay Mladenov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nassif Hitti, Representative of the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and some 250 participants including experts, academics and civil society leaders specialized in, or from, the Arab region.
- Democracy and renewal in the Arab World: roundtable at UNESCO in support of transition to democracy, 21 June
- Round Table 21 June - Video on demand: Morning session
- Round Table 21 June - Video on demand: Afternoon session
- Address by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
- Address by Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of La Francophonie (in French)
- Address by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former UN Secretary-General, President of the Egyptian National Council of Human Rights (in French)
- Address by Nickolay Mladenov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
- Address by Nassif Hitti, Representative of the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States
- Download the roadmap [PDF]
- Videoclip - Democracy and Renewal in the Arab World: UNESCO in support of transitions to democracy
- Video - Presentation of participants