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Regional Governance Week l Cairo 2012

Posted date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012
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For more than a year and a half, the Arab region has been witnessing a tremendous period of transformation. What started as a youth-led movement demanding change in Tunisia has had crucial consequences for the entire region, and continues to generate hopes and expectations, albeit increasingly mixed with caution and concerns about what the future may bring.  

The forum entitled "Social Accountability in a Changing Region - Actors and Mechanisms" was held in Cairo, Egypt, in November 2012 and brought together 240 participants from 17 Arab countries, with delegates representing governments, civil society, academia and the media, as well as UNDP country offices from the region. It was organised by OGC and the UNDP Regional Center in Cairo in collaboration with OHCHR, UNWOMEN, IDEA and ANSA AW. 

The aim of the forum was to take stock of the progress made towards democratic transitions from the perspective of social accountability, focusing on the process of re-negotiating the social contract between the citizens and State in the Arab Region. Throughout the four days of the governance week, a Governance Fair supported the dissemination of relevant knowledge products on various governance-related subjects. 

Click on the image below to access a video recording of the welcoming remarks, delivered by Anita Nirody, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative. 

More information on the event can be found on its GAPortal's event page. Full video of selected sessions, background papers and other information are all available at the Arab States UNDP page.