From May 7 to 11, the Fifth International Forum for the Social Development of Arab Countries, the main meeting point for civil society organizations in the Arab world, will take place in Casablanca and Rabat, Morocco, dedicated on this occasion to solidarity in situations of natural disasters.

The forum is held every year with the participation of hundreds of representatives of civil society organizations social leaders, experts, and university professors from 16 Arab countries.

The activity is sponsored by the League of Arab States (the main multilateral organization in the region) and the Kingdom of Morocco, and brings together hundreds of NGO leaders, experts, and authorities from practically all Arab countries, convened by the Center for Volunteering and Citizenship of Morocco, NGO which has invited the FCV to be part of the program. Lluc Martí, project manager at the FCV, will be, together with a German NGO, the only European representative at this forum, who also participated in the 1st international forum in December 2018.

In this way, the FCV will share discussions, workshops and presentations with colleagues from non-profit organizations coming from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen, which is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the situation and point of view of experts and leading actors in the non-profit sector in the Arab region to move towards future strategic collaborations and carry out specific projects.

One of the program highlights will be the presentation of Morocco’s first national volunteer award. The presentation of the FCV ‘La solidarité au-delà des frontières’ will revolve around sharing the European experience in the promotion and implementation of volunteering and international mobility actions led by NGOs, youth workers, and young people, as a valid tool to respond to some of the most urgent challenges in the region (wars, climate emergency, etc).

We want to highlight that the FCV participates in this activity without any support from any institution, public or private, Catalan, Spanish, or European, under the same conditions as in the 2018 forum and in two other international forums in which the FCV was invited to give a presentation, in Tunisia and Bahrain, before the pandemic.