The Second Amman Sessions on Nonviolence
06-09 December 2007


Starting on December 6 and ending on December 9, under the supervision of the Spanish Cooperation Center and NoVa, will take place at the Toledo Hotel in Amman the first “Congress” of Arab nonviolent groups and organizations.

The sessions of this “Arab Nonviolent Network General Assembly Constituent Meeting”—with the objective of supporting and reinforcing Middle Eastern organizations that are trying to implement nonviolent strategies to transform conflicts in their countries, and with participants from around 57 nonviolent Arab groups and organizations from Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, for the purpose of creating an “Arab Nonviolent Network”—will focus on:

-          1. Finding joint definitions for basic concepts and sharing different views on nonviolence, trying to define a common vision that will provide a basis for the creation of the Network.

-          2. Writing the “Mission Statement of the Network,” clarifying a common strategy and goals and developing the structure of the Network.

-          3. Discussing how to promote nonviolence and popular resistance in the region, taking into consideration nonviolent strategies and training plans already developed by pioneer experiences in this region, and planning, if possible, a common future action.

-          4. Establishing working groups and electing the “Steering Committee” of the Network.

The preliminary program of this meeting will be as follows:

Day 1

13:30-14:30 Arrival and registration

20:00-21:30 Opening dinner with welcome address by Mr. Mubarak Awad

21:30-23:00 Video-clips with interviews recorded during the first Amman sessions

Day 1

08:30-18:30 National meeting of Palestinian nonviolent organizations

Day 2

08:30-10:30 Overview of our process from 2006 to 2007 and short presentations

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:30 Prayer time (for those staying in the hotel: documentaries and video-clips of nonviolent actions carried on by participants in the meeting)

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Sharing different views on nonviolence

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-19:00 Developing the Mission Statement of the Network

20:00-21:30 Dinner

Day 3

08:30-10:30 Presentation and discussion on structure of the Network

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:30 “Which realistic tasks could we assume in 2008?” Working groups

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 “Which realistic tasks could we assume in 2008?” General discussion

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-20:00 Free time

20:00-21:30 Dinner

Day 4

08:30-10:30 Structuring internal and external communication

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:30 Election of the Steering Committee

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Final distribution of responsibilities within a common calendar

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-20:00 First meeting of the Steering Committee

20:00-21:30 Closing dinner

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