13 February 2018, GENEVA – Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development – an NGO based in Jordan specialized in the empowerment of marginalized groups trough the advancement of human rights, good governance and the rule of law – has signed and endorsed the 2017 Geneva Declaration entitled “Mobility and human solidarity, a challenge and an opportunity for Europe and the MENA region”. The CEO of the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development Ms. Samar Muhareb has become the 15th co-signatory of the Declaration.
As of 12 February 2018, the Geneva Declaration has been signed by the following civil society organizations and migration specialists from the Arab region and the West. The list of co-signatories of the Declaration stand as follows:
- (1) H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue;
- (2) H. E. Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue;
- (3) Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC);
- (4) Dr. Roberto Savio, Founder and President Emeritus of Inter Press Service (IPS). Director for International Relations of the European Centre for Peace and Development;
- (5) H. E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta;
- (6) Dr. Alfred de Zayas, United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order;
- (7) Mr. Edouard Rodier, Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Europe Office (NRC);
- (8) H. E. Ambassador George Papadatos, Head of the European Public Law Mission in Geneva;
- (9) Mr. Ramesh Jaura, President of the Global Cooperation Council and the Director General Chief Editor of the International Press Syndicate;
- (10) Mr. Halle Jørn Hanssen, journalist and author based in Norway;
- (11) Mr. David Koros, Director of the African Centre Against Torture (ACAT);
- (12) Dr. Oreste Foppiani, Head of the Department of International Relations and Associate Professor of International History & Politics at Webster University;
- (13) Ms. Ngoneh Panneh, Founder and President of Citizens United Switzerland;
- (14) Prof. Dr Negoslav P. Ostojić, Executive Director of the ECPD UN University for Peace;
- (15) Ms. Samar Muhareb, CEO of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development.
The Geneva Declaration is the fruit of a panel debate entitled “Migration and human solidarity, a challenge and an opportunity for Europe and the MENA region” that was organized on 14 December 2017 at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
The objective of this declaration is to highlight that States and decision-makers in the Arab region and the West are morally and legally bound to enhance human mobility. It behoves them to respond with a unified voice to the tragedy of those millions of people on the move in in the Middle East and North Africa region.
It also calls upon all States to contribute to the realization of the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. These frameworks were identified in the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migration as concrete action points to be taken by global decision-makers to identify a “framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility” which will be adopted by the UN in the course of 2018.
The declaration notes inter alia that all member States of the United Nations must contribute to the realization of a common framework to respond to the plight of migrants and refugees.
The Geneva Declaration is open for signatures by international and national NGOs and civil society organizations. To discuss this, please contact the Geneva Centre’s communications officer Mr. Blerim Mustafa on firstname.lastname@example.org or +41 (0) 22 748 27 95.
The declaration can be downloaded at: 2017 Mobility and Human Solidarity Geneva Declaration