Broader Middle East North Africa Initiative
Forum for the Future
Launched at the 2004
US-led Sea Island G8 Summit, the G8-Broader Middle East and North Africa
(G8-BMENA) Initiative is a multilateral program which links the G8 with 19
countries in the Middle East and North Africa (including the Palestinian
Authority and Iran, but not Israel), plus Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is aimed at enhancing an open and inclusive
dialogue between governments and civil society on issues of political and
economic reform and human development in order to create partnerships which
lead to concrete steps that advance the progress and development of the BMENA
Forum for the Future is the ministerial framework of the G8-BMENA Initiative
bringing together representatives of governments of the region and the G8, as
well as civil society and the private sector.
This tripartite partnership is key to fulfilling G8-BMENA
objectives. The last Forum for the
Future took place in November 2009 in Marrakech, Morocco.
current chair of the G8, Canada and the host country, Qatar, will co-chair the
Forum for the Future which will take place January 12-13, 2011 in Doha. Three
civil society-led preparatory workshops preceded and will report to the Forum. A Sub-ministerial planning meeting also took place
in Ottawa on November 8. Canada
and Qatar have been working collaboratively and in consultation with the participating
countries to develop this year’s G8-BMENA process.
From its launch in 2004, the G8-BMENA partnership
has always included representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs)
participating in the annual ministerial Forum meeting. In years past, the CSOs met prior to the
Forum to prepare a smaller delegation to present their views to ministers. Last
year, co-chairs Italy and Morocco introduced CSO-led preparatory workshops in
advance of the Forum, to broaden the government-civil society dialogue, and to
generate specific recommendations for consideration by ministers. Canada and Qatar maintained the workshop
model this year, and have sought through their designated CSO Coordinators to
re-structure this process to deepen the government-civil society dialogue.