The international guests of honor this year will include some current Heads of State and Government. The Forum will also feature other distinguished opinion leaders, eminent political thinkers, decision – makers and members of parliament, renowned businessmen, academics, media figures and international organizations. These participants will contribute to a free, learned and stimulating debate on each of the many topics on the Forum's agenda, with a focus on the Arab Spring, the global financial and economic crisis, International Cooperation, Global Economy, Development, Human Rights and Digital Media.
The 13th Doha Forum will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the State of Qatar from 20-22 May, 2013. It will be attended by more than 600 participants representing over 80 countries and organizations.
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Doha, May 11 (QNA)
Three-day Doha Forum and Enriching The Middle East’s Economic Future Conference will kick off Monday. HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will patronize its opening ceremony tomorrow at Ritz Carlton Hotel.
HE Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani will address its opening session which will be held under the theme perspectives of global strategic, economic and developmental stability.
HE Foreign Minister Dr Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah will deliver a welcoming speech during the opening session of the conference which will feature a wide-raging participation from some Heads of State and Government, distinguished opinion leaders, eminent political thinkers, decision makers and members of parliament, renowned businessmen, academics, media figures and international organizations.
The 14th edition of Doha Forum, which coincides with Enriching The Middle East’s Economic Future Conference, has become one of the leading global forums on international contemporary affairs.
The Forum will offer a sweeping overview of issues regarding Democracy, Development and Free Trade in the Middle-East, the Arab countries and the world. More broadly, this international meeting will discuss critical political, economic, social, financial, strategic and human matters.
Other speakers in the opening session include Vice President of Argentina Amado Boudou, Assistant President of the Republic of Sudan Abdel Rahman ElSadig ElMahdi, Former President of the Republic of Albania Rexhep Qemal Meidani, and Former Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin.
Among the sessions to be held on the second day of the Forum is one on “Democracy – Building After the Change” with speakers focusing on topics related to “Building democracy: the system of values and community organizations”; “Countries in transition – to achieve the challenge of change”; “Political Islam in power: the challenges of participation and decision-making”; “Threats to move to a democratic world: The concept of power and authority”; “Enhancing the presence of women in politics”; and “The rights of minorities in light of political changes”.
Another session will be held by Qatar National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with Qatar’s Foreign Ministry and will be moderated by NHRC Chairman Dr Ali Bin Smeikh Al Marri.
Held under the theme “Human Security in Light of Conflicts and Crises”, the session will discuss “Problems of Humanitarian intervention and relief in armed conflicts: Syria as a model”; “United Nations Strategy and Programs in the field of Human Security”; Post-conflict National reconciliation and Transitional justice from the perspective of Human Security”; and “The Future of Human Security in the Arab Region in light of the new Challenges”.