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Regional integration in West Africa: UNESCO Seminar in Cape Verde
On 4 and 5 April, in Praia, Cape Verde will be hosting a seminar on “Nation-states and the challenges of regional integration in West Africa – the case of Cape Verde”, organized by the Amílcar Cabral Foundation and UNESCO, with the support of the Government of Cape Verde, Africa Trust, the African Capacity-Building Foundation (ACBF) and Austrian Development Cooperation.
The meeting will be opened by former President of the Republic of Cape Verde and President of the Amilcar Cabral Foundation, Aristides Pereira; the President of the Cape Verde National Assembly, Aristides R. Lima; and Pierre Sané, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.

Attending the seminar will be eminent specialists in the social and human sciences, Cape Verde decision-makers, and national science coordinators from several other neighbouring countries: Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali and Senegal.

This meeting falls within the comparative research project that started in 2005 in the 15 ECOWAS member countries, under the aegis of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme. Participants in the Praia two-day seminar will be able to discuss experiences and analyses following the eight debates on:
  • the issue of illegal immigration and human rights;
  • the specificity of an island State and the Cape Verde diaspora;
  • Cape Verde and ECOWAS – a question of identity;
  • Cape Verde and integration in West Africa – from African to Cape Verde slave: the long process of reconstructing social identity;
  • Public policies for the integration of Cape Verde into ECOWAS, within the Global Strategy for Development;
  • Cape Verde and new regional prospects (Community of Portuguese-speaking countries, African Portuguese-speaking countries, NATO, European Union);
  • the economic dimension of regional integration;
  • the issue of free movement of goods and people and the role of Cape Verde in the security of the West Coast and the southern limits of the European Union.
José Brito, Cape Verde Minister of the Economy, Growth and Competitiveness, will close the two-day seminar.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), which supports this regional project, will also be taking part in the seminar.

For more information on:Contacts:
  • Boubacar Barry, MOST project coordinator on “Nation-states and the challenges of regional integration in West Africa” – bbarry@ucad.sn
  • Iva Cabral, MOST Programme national coordinator in Cape Verde – cabraliva@hotmail.com
  • Carrie Marias, Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Office in Dakar – c.marias@unesco.org
Other events in April 2007:
  • 11-13 April: UNESCO Bioethics Consultations. Suva, Fiji.
  • 16-17 April: UNESCO Bioethics Consultations. Apia, Samoa.
  • 17-18 April: International Conference “Civic Education – global issue of our changing world: Russian experience, international view”. Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation.
  • 26-27 April: 1st meeting of the interim steering committee of the Coalition of cities against racism and discrimination for the Asia-Pacific region. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • 29 April-4 May: Joint UNISOL, SAHARA, TICH and NACC Conference on “Innovations in access to prevention, treatment and care in HIV/AIDS”. Kizumu, Kenya.
  • 30 April-1 May: 1st regional Forum of Ministers for Social Development – Arab States. Marrakesh, Morocco.
For more detailed information: www.unesco.org/shs/agenda.
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Author(s) UNESCO - Sector for Social and Human Sciences
Publication Date 03-04-2007
Source SHS e-News 13 / April 2007
File/document MOST_praia_press.pdf

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