Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fez Forum on The Alliance of Civilisations - March 2013

A major conference to be held in Fez will be supported by The Spirit of Fes Foundation  

The Fez Forum on The Alliance of Civilisations  Cultural Diversity and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership around the theme : « Investment in Education, Science and Community Development: a Challenge for the Arab World »  will be held in Fez, 28-29-30 march 2013

Organising the forum is the Moroccan Centre for Interdisciplinary Strategic and International Studies (CMIESI) - a think tank dealing with strategic issues of Moroccan diplomatic, political and international nature, but also that of other countries and geopolitical areas. It is a centre for reflection, study, research and multidisciplinary expertise which benefits from the public.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser
At the forum a tribute will be given to Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development who will be present at the meeting.
"We will pay several historical tributes during the opening of the Forum of Fez to Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development who will be present on this occasion. These tributes will celebrate a woman of great conviction. Present for this celebration will be the Arab Muslim world in all its legendary diversity, mother Africa, cradle of all civilizations, the United States of America, and ageless Europe." - CMIESI
Sheikha Mozah with her husband at the White House Washington D.C.. From left to right: Sheikha Mozah, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and President Barack Obama

The tribute to Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser will be attended by personalities representing more than a hundred countries. These are experts, government officials, intellectuals, thinkers, writers, academics, politicians, and representatives of civil societies. Such an event will highlight the role of Arab women working for change through emphasizing the importance of education in fostering societal development. Furthermore, it will stress the outstanding efforts made by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development chaired by the Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser. The Foundation has, since its 1995 creation, been one of the world’s most pioneering institutions.

The Spirit of Fes Foundation and its director, Faouzi Skali, are supporting this meeting. It is to be hoped that Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser might be interested by developing a close relationship with the Spirit of Fes Foundation and in particular with its Fes Festival and its forum.

Today, most Arab countries face various challenges including the well-being of their populations, employment, etc. In order to do so, Arab States should have well thought out strategies of development within a highly critical context where the expectations of the population are high. According to CMIESI, only if challenges are faced can democracy succeed in its consolidation, and only then can collateral damage from the uncertainty and transition period be reduced.

The crisis of Arab development is so complex that it requires the full engagement of all the Arab citizens in global reform effort promoting a regional rebirth or renaissance. The partial reforms, no matter how different, are no longer effective or possible. Perhaps, they have never been efficient, insofar as reforms require a favorable and conducive social environment to take hold.

In the end, no other cause is nobler than this: providing an education for our children and ensuring sustainable development in our countries through knowledge and the valuing of human capital. Indeed, is there any greater project?

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