Charter for the promotion of a Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security
Convinced that the emergence of a common space of peace and stability is the necessary condition and only alternative for the harmonious development of the peoples and individuals of the whole Euro-Arab region, the undersigned undertake to unite behind the five following principles that constitute the Charter for the promotion of a Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security is the only political option
Cooperation and security constitute much more than a mere slogan. These two objectives stand out as the only alternative to the tensions and conflicts that have plagued the Mediterranean and Euro-Arab region for a thousand years. They represent the only political and social option that must guide our individual and collective choices. They invite us to break free from the prevailing antagonistic approaches, to respond to mankind’s profound aspirations for peace and happiness. From this perspective, the Euro-Arab Dialogue for Cooperation and Security is the only way to bring about a new Euro-Arab region of peace and prosperity.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security provides the basis for a new perspective on Euro-Arab relations
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security is based on the will to go a step further in Euro-Arab relations by drawing inspiration from the cultural, religious and humanist heritages that form the foundation of the universal values consisting of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human being, as well as liberty, democracy, equality, and the rule of law. The dialogue will only succeed if it takes full account of the aspirations of civil society.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security is the foundation of a new architecture for the creation of a Euro-Arab region of peace and prosperity intended to strengthen solidarity between the peoples of the whole Euro-Arab region while respecting their history, culture and traditions.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security is the expression of the will to develop a new institutional framework with a view to strengthening the democratic character and effectiveness of the institutions so as to promote the economic and social progress of the peoples of the whole region, based on the principles of sustainable development and protection of the environment.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security is intended to promote the free movement of persons as well as economic and cultural exchanges, while ensuring the security of the peoples of the whole region, and must contribute to establishing an area of freedom, security and justice in line with the provisions of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security is based on the recognition of fundamental rights
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security is inspired by the efforts already undertaken to promote a Euro-Arab area of peace and prosperity, in particular:
- respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as defined by the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
- respect for the principles of democracy and the rule of law, while recognising the right of each partner to choose and freely develop its political socio-cultural, economic and judicial system,
- respect for the sovereignty of States, equality of rights of the peoples, and their rights to self-determination,
- respect for territorial integrity, the principles of non-intervention in internal affairs, and the peaceful settlement of conflicts,
- the fight against terrorism, organised crime, human trafficking and drug trafficking,
- the promotion of regional security, the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, commitment to international and regional systems of nuclear non-proliferation and to arms limitation agreements, as well as disarmament.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security promotes a better quality of life for the whole of the population and Euro-Arab citizens
Quality of life is not simply a social premise. It is at the meeting point between the individual and the collective, the biological and the social, the physical and the mental, nature and culture. It is the foundation of any social pact and Euro-Arab political and economic cooperation. The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security underlines the importance of the social connection, the need for freedom and the requirement for justice. It makes it possible to rethink the relations between the citizen and the State, to recognise the creative potential of civil society, and to promote the spontaneous and decentralised initiatives of individuals. It includes concern for a better quality of life and environment at the heart of the political and economic debate.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security aims at the same time at developing a sustainable socio-economic partnership as well as a social, cultural and human partnership
The Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security engages discussions in parallel and without bias on all themes that will contribute to the establishment of a shared Euro-Arab area of peace and prosperity, with the objective in particular of:
- establishing a free trade zone by creating all the conditions conducive to setting up such a zone,
- facilitating economic cooperation between enterprises,
- promoting sustainable management of the environment, energy and natural resources,
- contributing to reducing the effects of climate change,
- promoting all forms of cooperation,, especially decentralised cooperation,
- promoting the role of women in the economy,
- reducing poverty levels, especially with respect to children,
- modernising agriculture, in particular biological agriculture,
- developing human resources and promoting understanding between cultures and exchanges between all the actors of civil society, focusing on:
- the importance of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue,
- the importance of the role of the media and freedom of expression,
- cultural exchanges, learning of languages, implementation of educational and cultural programmes that respect cultural identities,
- the importance of giving every child an equal opportunity to study and participate in the learning process,
- the importance of the aspects of health and social development, as well as respect for fundamental rights,
- respect for the rights of emigrants,
- respect for the rights of workers and the relevant labour conventions of the ILO,
- the reduction of inequalities,
- access to the new information and communication technologies,
- the participation of civil society in the socio-economic and cultural debate,
- strengthening cooperation between regional and local authorities and the benefits of decentralisation,
- the fight against terrorism, as well as human trafficking and drug trafficking, international crime, and corruption.
Socio-political, economic and cultural actors, whether on the collective or individual level,, wishing to contribute to this dialogue and join the Euro-Arab Community for Cooperation and Security (CEACS) can inscribe here:
Members of the Euro-Arab Community for Cooperation and Security (CEACS) will be informed directly of all developments in the Euro-Arab Dialogue on Cooperation and Security, and will be involved in or kept abreast of all events organised in this context. Their names (and logos) will be linked to all activities and events marking the dialogue. Members will also be invited to express themselves during the development phase of the White Paper. Their names will be mentioned as contributors to this White Paper.
Annual membership fee:
- 30 Euros for individual members (20 Euros for students and pensioners)
- 50 Euros for associations of less than 50 employees
- 100 Euros (and more) for associations of more than 50 employees
Collective local and regional members:
- 100 Euros for local authorities responsible for less than 1000 inhabitants
- 1,000 Euros for local authorities responsible for between 1000 and 50,000 inhabitants
- 5,000 Euros for local authorities responsible for between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants
- 10,000 Euros (and more) for local authorities responsible for over 100,000 inhabitants
Private sector members:
- 500 euros for small enterprises (less than 20 employees)
- 1,000 euros (and more) for medium-sized enterprises (between 20 and 100 employees)
- 10,000 euros (and more) for large enterprises (over 100 employees)
- 50,000 euros (and more) for multinationals.