MINELRES: UNITED: CfA: OSCE Mediterranean Seminar on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination, 18-19 December 2007

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UNITED E-NEWS 04-12-2007: OSCE Mediterranean Seminar on Combating
Intolerance and Discrimination on 18-19 December 2007

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Call for participants
To civil society representatives within the OSCE region in the OSCE
Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation

OSCE Mediterranean Seminar on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination
and Promoting Mutual Respect and Understanding

Tel Aviv 18-19 December 2007

The annual OSCE Mediterranean Seminar represents the highlight of each
year's work between the OSCE and its Mediterranean Partners for
Co-operation. It gathers representatives of the participating States and
the Mediterranean Partners, as well as international organizations and
civil society to discuss a theme that is of topical relevance to
security in the Mediterranean and in the broader OSCE region. Reflecting
a priority that has been highlighted for the third year in a row by the
Mediterranean Partners, the 2007 Mediterranean Seminar concentrates on
promoting tolerance and non-discrimination.

One of the recommendations made in the context of the 2006 Mediterranean
Seminar was to strengthen dialogue with civil society and the
involvement of Mediterranean NGOs in OSCE Mediterranean Seminars and
other OSCE events. In order to take into account this recommendation,
the 2007 Mediterranean Seminar will, therefore, have a preparatory
meeting on the role of civil society in combating intolerance and
discrimination and promoting mutual respect and understanding in the
OSCE participating States and the Mediterranean Partners for
Co-operation, with particular reference to the role of women in
promoting tolerance and non-discrimination.

The aim of the civil society meeting is:

­ To provide civil society with an opportunity to prepare
recommendations to be presented at the opening of the Seminar;
­ To discuss current issues and priorities related to discrimination and
the promotion of mutual respect and understanding;
­ To exchange information on best practices;
­ To facilitate and enhance coalition-building across diverse cultural
and religious communities and civil society groups    throughout the
OSCE region and the Mediterranean Partner States;

The participation and contribution of civil society is highly welcomed
in both meetings!

Please note that during the two meetings interpretation will be provided
in English-French and French-English

Where can you find more information?

- For general information of the conference please go the OSCE website:

- With a view to enhance the participation of civil society
representatives a specific section has been opened on the ODIHRšs
Tolerance and non Discrimination Information System, please go to:

This section provides additional information and highlights including:

* The agendas, timetable and organizational modalities of the events
* How to participate?
* How to submit recommendations beforehand for the civil society
preparatory meeting?
* How to request financial support to participate?

This section also links to:
* Background OSCE documents
* Recommendations adopted in previous OSCE/ODIHR civil society
preparatory meetings

Should you need additional information on the participation of civil
society in the Mediterranean Seminar as well as the Civil Society
Preparatory Meeting, please contact: civilsociety@odihr.pl

Looking forward to your participation in this meeting!

Floriane Hohenberg
Advisor on Civil Society Relations
Tolerance and Non Discrimination Programme
Al. Ujazdowskie 41
00-557 Warsaw, Poland
Tel: 48 22 520 06 00
Mobile: 48 605 324 488
Fax: 48 22 520 06 05

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