ADF Secretary General participates in the Sixth Annual Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies
Mr. Mohsen Marzouk, ADF Secretary-General and member of the International Steering Committee of the Council for a Community of Democracies chaired a delegation of civil society organizations from the Arab region that took part in the Sixth Annual Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies in Lithuania. Mr. Marzouk made a speech during the plenary session of the meeting along with H.E. Mrs. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, H.E. Mr. Audronius Ažubalis, Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, H.E. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State, H.E. Mr. Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and H.E. Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President the European Commission.
Mr. Marzouk, spoke in the presence of more than 40 foreign affairs ministers representing the community of democracies of ADF’s contribution to support the democratic transitions in Tunisia and Egypt, valuing the role of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. In his analysis of the situations in Tunisia and Egypt, he mentioned the achievements and objective challenges for the success of the transitions to democracy. Mr. Marzouk’s presentation received positive feedback from the ministers of foreign affairs present there, as well as the representatives of international civil society organizations.
The first session of the meeting launched a debate between the foreign affairs ministers aimed at helping emerging democracies and countries in transition. The second session dealt with civil society organizations in terms of the exchange of experience, the struggle to promote democracy in their countries, and the ways to enable the involvement of civil society as a strong and reliable partner in building democracy in the world.
The sixth annual community of democracies chaired by Lithuania focused on how to develop this mechanism, adapt it to current issues, and support democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. The Community of Democracies also analyzed factors that hamper democracy and how to deal with conflicts and crises, as well as seeking to strengthen the role of the Community of Democracies in the United Nations and enhancing the cooperation between governmental structures and non-governmental organizations on issues of promoting democracy.