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Doha, Qatar , 5/21/2010 - 5/22/2010.
The Arab Human Development Reports written by independent Arab scholars and endorsed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have stimulated endless debates since its inaugural edition in 2002. With the aim of fostering serious dialogue on the issues presented in the report, the UNDP has endorsed a new strategy consisting of high?level public debates in major Arab cities around the issues of the report. The outcome of the dialogues will be published and will include thoughts and recommendations which may be taken into consideration by governments and civil society organizations. They will also act as a basis for future reports by presenting core issues of concern. The Dialogues began in Beirut in July, 2009 right after the launch of the 5th volume of the Arab Human Development Report and will be hosted across the Arab world by distinguished Arab institutions to provide opportunities for decision makers, intellectuals and civil society to examine the issues raised in the report and study what options exist to deal with the problems of human security in the Arab World. The second Dialogue was hosted by the Library of Alexandria on the 31st March – 1st April, 2010 and focused on the Environmental Challenges Threatening Human Security in Arab countries. The third "Doha Dialogue" was organized in cooperation with Al Jazeera Centre for Studies and the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University – Qatar focuses on issues of freedom, citizenship, identity and the state. A special session was dedicated to the regional launch of the Human Development Report 2009-2010 in the Occupied Palestinian Territory discussing the challenges and threats facing Palestinian citizens under occupation. The dialogue did not aim at information exchange as much as it hoped to raise those issues almost forgotten because they have become a part of our realities for so long. More importantly, to address the crucial question: What next?

Doha Dialogue - Agenda [English][Arabic]
Sara Cobb-Professor at the Institute for conflict Analysis and Resolution-George Mason University [English]
Aly Karam- Associate Professor- University of Witwatersrand [English]
Sufian Mushasha- Palestinian Human Development Report Team Leader [English]
Adel Abdellatif - Chief, Regional Programme Division – Regional Bureau for Arab States/United Nations Development Programme [Arabic]
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Doha Dialogue – Executive Summary [English][Arabic]

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