Through the new constitution, Egypt made its first steps on the way of achieving the Road Map, putting on everyone the responsibility of positive participation in the coming stages which may contribute to the development and prosperity of the Egyptian society. Out of this responsibility, the Forum for Intercultural Dialogue organized a conference under the title: “A New Constitution … A New Society”, from January 31 until February 1, 2014. It aimed at forming a vision on the impact of the new constitution on the urgent issues of the Egyptian society which will have a great impact on its present and on making its future. The conference was held in Luxor Governorate as an affirmation of the special care the Organization gives to Upper Egypt. 143 participants shared, representing the Upper Egypt Governorates (Minya, Assiut, Quena, Luxor & Aswan) in addition to a group of participants from Alexandria and a group of partners of thought and opinion leaders and media.
During the conference, the following points were discussed:
1- Lessons learned during the last period on political, social and cultural levels.
2- The study of 3 important issues of the future through seminars:
The issue of poverty:
– Monitoring and analysis of the issue of poverty and its complications
– Articles of constitution that address the issue of poverty directly and effectively
– Ins and mechanisms for building programs, legal systems and procedures for facing poverty
The issue of governance:
– How governance becomes a part of the behavior of individuals, organizations and the institutions of states
– Challenges that make governance a philosophy hard to transfer to actual reality
– Possible environment for governance
– Adopting effective initiatives for applying governance within a national framework
The issue of societal dialogue:
– The importance of societal dialogue
– The reasons for the failure of previous experiences, and the conditions of success for the societal dialogue we want to achieve
– Who are responsible for the management and supervision of societal dialogue (the government, sects, public figures…)?
– Important issues of societal dialogue
– The role of civil society in the dialogue
The results of the seminars were presented in a public session attended by Maj. Gen. Tarek Saad Eddin, Luxor Governor. In his speech, he expressed his appreciation for the Organization and the civil society and its role in discussing the issues of Upper Egypt. He also spoke about the future opportunities of investment in Luxor Governorate.