Meeting: Tunisia’s transition to democracy – opportunities and risks

05-06-2015

The Arab Spring started in Tunisia in January 2011, which has led to regime changes in a number of countries in the Middle East. Among those, Tunisia has so far managed a relatively peaceful transition to democracy.

Last year the Tunisian Constituent Assembly successfully negotiated a new and modern constitution, which is considered one of the most progressive in the Arab world. It sets out to make the country of 11 million people a democracy with a civil state. An entire chapter is dedicated to protecting citizens' rights, including protection from torture, the right to due process, and freedom of worship. It guarantees equality for men and women before the law and a commitment from the state to protect women's rights. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said during the time of adoption that "Tunisia can be a model to other peoples, who are seeking reforms."

UNDP actively supported the constitutional reform process to ensure, among other things, that the process was as inclusive as possible. UNDP and the UN System will remain important partners also in the next phase of the democratic transition process. The new constitution provides a strong basis but the coming years will be critical as the country navigate through the opportunities and risks that lies ahead.

Come and hear Mounir Tabet, UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident Coordinator in Tunisia, present his perspectives on the current situation and the prospect for democracy in the country, followed by discussion.


Wednesday 10 June 2015, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen


The meeting is free but advance registration is required via Eventbrite:

The meeting will be held in English.

For more information: Mette Fjalland, UNDP Nordic Office, mette.fjalland@undp.org, Phone +45 5183-6228+45 5183-6228

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