The first national
conference of “Promoting Freedom of Association in Lebanon” (17 December 2007
three year regional project cofunded by the European Union entitled:
"Enhancing the legal framework of Associations in the Arab World through
national dialogue and empowerment of civil society"
the Friederich Nauman Foundation and the Arab center for the development of the
rule of law and integrity. The first national conference entitled “Promoting
Freedom of Association in Lebanon”
was held in
the Gefinor Rotana Hotel on the 17th of December 2007.
conference aimed to present the results of a national consultation process that
has taken place in September 2007 around three laws with great impact on the
democratization process in Lebanon: the NGO law, the political parties law and
the labour union law. This consultation process has resulted in a policy paper
summing results of focus group meetings and consultation with the different
stakeholders. Participants in this conference were: government officials,
representatives of NGOs, political parties and labour unions in addition to
academics and intellectuals who have the relevant knowledge and experience.
Recommendations resulted from the conference aiming at enforcing the
communication between the civil society and the government and participation in
building policies and decision making by the civil society organizations,
political parties and labor union. The recommendations were declared in a press
conference held in the Gefinor Rotana Hotel on the 18th of December 2007.
conference Agenda (Available
Policy Paper On CSO, Political Parties and Labor Union Laws