11 - 10 - 2017
The National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Foreign Affairs Ministry launched the Eighth Forum on Democracy in Latin America, entitled " Election’s Challenges in Time of Change: A Latin America’s Perspective," from 11-13 October 2017 in the Mexican capital.
More than 250 experts and researchers from different countries are participating, with activists from countries of the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), including former Presidents, politicians, public officers, judges, political researchers, social leaders and media representatives.
Drawing from a positive previous experience in 2015, UNDP Regional Electoral Support Project for the Middle East and North Africa intends to support and helping organize a delegation from the region to participate in the Forum. This is upon invitation by Mexican INE, and as an activity under a Cooperative Framework Agreement between UNDP Regional Project and Mexican INE (through its International Institute for Training and Research).
Lebanon is represented by the Leadership for Sustainable Development (LSD) NGO by its Chairman Mr. Michel A. Daccache after being nominated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which supports this forum and based on his youth experiences on this level.
The Forum aims at bringing together Arab electoral stakeholders of different institutional layers from the Arab region from various institutional statuses to an international democracy forum, which provides a learning experience about the organization and management of such kind of activity and the role of youth in decision-making.
It also provides an opportunity for informal discussions in working groups and panel sessions, in which current topics and challenges in the Arab world are presented to a broad international audience in the area of development and democracy. As well as the possibility of studying cases of regional examples in this field, which can be similar cases to what may be a fundamental challenge within this context in the Arab region.