Thursday, October 31, 2013

Civil Peace Building Initiative in Northern Bekaa

The Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are currently organizing a Conference on « Civil Peace Building Initiative in Northern Bekaa » to be held at Tammouz Hall– Baalbeck, on November 1st, 2013. 

This conference aims at creating an independent platform for local CSOs and international agencies to openly explore the potential initiatives that address and tackle the current sectarian conflict. It also helps in building sustainable structures of real and constructive dialogue that secure long-term peace. 

In this context, and in order to clearly define the region’s needs and stakes, this conference should focus on engaging key stakeholders which play a crucial role in promoting peace building like municipalities, CSOs, educational institutions, and international donors in putting peace building as a high priority on their agenda, coordinating efforts in the field, and laying strong foundations for future networking among them. 

Agenda of the Conference

09:00 -10:00
Welcoming and registration
10:00 -10:30

·         Dr. Ramy Lakkis, (The Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training)
·         Mona Ahmad, (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
·         MP. Ghassan Mkhaiber, (Pariamentary Human Rights Committee)
10:30 – 11:30

Civil Peace in Lebanon

·         Fadi Abi Allam, An overview on Civil Peace Building in Lebanon
·         Hsein Lakkis, The Role of Local Culture and Values in building civil peace.
·         UNDP, The Role of International Community in Supporting peace programs
·         Open Discussion
11:30 - 11:45
Coffee break
11:45 – 13:00

The Role of Civil Society Organization in Peace Building

·         Dr. Abbas Nasralla, The Role of Municipalities in building civil peace
·         Mufti of Baalbeck Bakr Rifai, The Role of Religious Institutions in building civil peace
·         Dr. Batoul Yahfufi, The Role of NGOs in building civil peace
·         Geaorge Saikali, The Role of Educational Institutions in building civil peace
13:00 – 13:45
13:45 – 15:00
Civil Peace Initiatives, Focus Groups and Discussion
15:00 -15:30
Announcing Recommendations
The conference will be held in two languages: Arabic and English. 

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