Civil society has a key role to increase the understanding and commitment for a solution to the international conflict between Western Sahara and Morocco. Limited participation of civil society in relevant negotiations is an important causes frustration especially among youth and sometimes leads to demands for measures that are more decisive, including violent conflict. Civil society organizations in both countries work for a peaceful solution and prevention of armed conflict. During the session, we will gain more insight on the existing challenges to reach a peaceful solution to this protracted conflict. Moroccan and Saharawi civil society organization will share their experiences of promoting peace, dialogue and the inclusion of youth and women.
Participants – Western Sahara and Marocco
- Chaia Luali, program coordinator for the organisation Non-Violence Action in Western Sahara (NOVA)
- Mohamed Mayara, co-founder and coordinator of the collective of independent journalists Equipe Media
- Mohamed Cheikh Khoumani, Lawyer and human rights activist
- Juan Obregon, Programme Manager at Emmaus Stockholm
Place: Room 24