Ministry

G8-BMENA

In June 2004, leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) countries meeting in Sea Island, Georgia, established a "Partnership for Progress and a Common Future" with countries of the Broader Middle East and North Africa to support efforts to advance freedom, democracy, and prosperity in the region.

The G8 comprises The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The French Republic, The Russian Federation, The Federal Republic of Germany, The United States of America, Japan, The Republic of Italy and Canada. The European Commission is also represented. Over the years the G8 process has undergone fundamental changes. At first, the informal summits were in the centre of attention, but around these there later emerged a fully-fledged process of policy coordination.1

From an idea of partnership to a growing reality, the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Initiative represents genuine co-operation between the G8 and European nations and the governments, business and civil society of the region, in order to strengthen freedom, democracy and prosperity for all. The leaders of the G8 industrialized nations and countries of the BMENA launched the Partnership for Progress and a Common Future - a blueprint for how G8 and Middle Eastern countries could best work together to support indigenous calls for reform - at the G8 Sea Island, Georgia, summit in June 2004. Since then, a number of supportive nations and international financial institutions have offered to support and lead various initiatives elaborated at Sea Island, and the role of civil society has become increasingly significant.
Governments and people of the region have expressed their wish to see democracy and freedoms expanded. The inaugural Forum for the Future in Rabat in December 2004 established a process of dialogue among G8 and regional governments in pursuit of these aims and underwrote seven ambitious initiatives formulated at the Sea Island summit. Since the first Forum, civil society groups and lead partner countries have made significant advances in this agenda and focused on transparency of governance, women in the workplace, legal reform and human rights.2

The G8 comprises The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The French Republic, The Russian Federation, The Federal Republic of Germany, The United States of America, Japan, The Republic of Italy and Canada.  The European Commission is also represented. Over the years the G8 process has undergone fundamental changes. At first, the informal summits were in the centre of attention, but around these there later emerged a fully-fledged process of policy coordination.

BMENA comprises Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE West Bank/Gaza and  Yemen.

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    Background

    One of the Highlights of G8 Sea Island Summit outcomes 2004 was to approve the Plan of Support for the Broader Middle East and North Africa, including the G8 commitment to help 20 million more people become literate by 2015.
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    Activities

    Ministers from more than 20 G8 and Broader Middle East and North Africa nations met in Rabat, December 10-11, 2004 at the first Forum for the Future. The first meeting of education ministers from the countries of the G8 and the Broader Middle East and North Africa initiative met at the Dead Sea, Jordan from May 22-23, 2005.
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    BMENA Countries

    The Broader Middle East and North Africa nations include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen.
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