Type: Special Series

“EGM on Family Policy In A Changing World: Promoting Social Protection And Intergenerational Solidarity”

Special Series

It was organized in collaboration with The United Nations (UN) Programme on the Family, Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and was held from April 14-16, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. Experts presented their opinions and policy recommendations for strengthening family policymaking, integrating a family perspective into the implementation of social protection policies, and fostering intergenerational solidarity. Its primary objective was to consider the concept of family policy, analyze how family and family policy are inter-related to social protection and intergenerational issues, and provide recommendations on using public policy and, in particular, family policy to support family well-being by strengthening social protection and intergenerational solidarity.

Empowerment of Women in Arab Countries

Special Series

It was organized in collaboration with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) at the United Nations (UN) and held in Tunis, Tunisia from October 5-6, 2010. The primary objective of the colloquium was to provide UN member states with expert opinions and recommendations regarding policies to empower women in the political, economic, and social fields. The colloquium addressed key issues, including gender empowerment and the socio-economic development of society, the main impediments in the region, the adoption of appropriate policy responses and legal reforms, the role of the state and the ways and means to join forces with civil society to empower women. Over a period of two days, experts, UN representatives and those from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with social development from different regions of the world discussed achievements and challenges facing women in the world, particularly Arab women, and explored the empowerment of women in multiple contexts, promoting an exchange of ideas and experiences. The participants identified effective policy responses as well as best practices, taking into account the region’s political, social, economic, and cultural aspects and provided policy recommendations that should be implemented by the state and other stakeholders.

Impact of Violence against Women on the Family

Special Series

It was organized by DIFI in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Family Affairs from November 19-20, 2008 in Doha, Qatar. It coincided with the UN’s March 2008 launch of a multiyear campaign to end violence against women that aimed to strengthen political commitments and enhance efforts at all levels to end such violence as well as find specific answers to this issue. At this occasion, the Secretary General of the UN presented an in-depth study on violence against women that included key finding and recommendations. Guided by the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and inspired by beliefs on better educating and strengthening the family as a basic unit of society, DIFI organized the first event in the Middle East and North Africa after the launch of the UN campaign. During the colloquium, UN representatives, academicians, jurists, and experts from Arab regional organizations and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met with the goals of (1) raising awareness on the nature, extent, and causes of violence against women in the region and worldwide; (2) collaborating among different stakeholders, including policymakers, researchers international organizations, and civil society, particularly NGOs, in order to exchange information and best practices and provide effective and efficient responses; and (3) supporting an innovative and integrated approach as well as social and legislative actions.

Dialogue and Mutual Understanding across Generations

Special Series

This EGM was organized in cooperation with the United Nations (UN) Program on the Family and the UN Program on Youth, and the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Experts on various aspects of social development participated in the meeting in their personal capacities. These included youth delegates in order to reflect the theme of the meeting and promote the participation of young people in line with the objectives of the International Year of Youth. They provided examples of good policies/practices and gave their professional opinion on policy recommendations for strengthening dialogue and mutual understanding across the generations. This was done in the context of examining the role young people play in advancing dialogue and mutual understanding; the role of the family in providing a space for intergenerational dialogue; the challenges and opportunities for dialogue across generations; and the examination of existing regional frameworks and mechanisms for intergenerational dialogue and mutual understanding.

Decent Work and Poverty Reduction

Special Series

The forum was part of the preparations for the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014 and offered an opportunity for multiple stakeholders to dialogue on opportunities and challenges of applying a decent work approach to poverty reduction and to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Family, Millenium Development Goals, and AIDS in the Middle East

Special Series

It was organized by DIFI, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from November 1-2, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. The symposium aimed to address the complex linkages between Arab families, Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), and the evolution of the AIDS epidemic in Middle Eastern countries. Nearly one hundred participants attended it from the Middle East, Europe, North America and Africa including senior experts from regional governments and senior experts from the United Nations (UN) System, the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), IDB, IGAD, civil society and academicians.