ESCWA to convene post-war meeting on Iraq
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will bring together Arab and international experts in a meeting on "Iraq and the Region after the War" from July 9 to 11, 2003 at the United Nations House, Riad El-Solh Square, Beirut.
The meeting aims to discuss alternative courses of action to be undertaken by governments and peoples in the region, including Iraq, as well as possible courses of action by intellectuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in order to face the challenges of economic, social, cultural and humanitarian reconstruction and development efforts in a war torn country within a region plagued by wars and instability.
The impact of war over Iraq and the region, the reconstruction, rehabilitation and development of Iraq, including social safety nets in the absence of State subsidies, role of the civil society and international community, the ongoing process of the reconstruction of Iraq, will be the main topics of discussions during the meeting.
The call for this three-day meeting, is an ESCWA initiative to respond to other international initiatives concerning various schemes and methodologies for the reconstruction of Iraq, after many wars and long years of embargo and isolation; most of these initiatives were neglecting the regional perspective and the views of experts from Iraq and the region. — (menareport.com)
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