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Organization: Iraqi Commission for Civil Society Enterprises (ICCSE)
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

We have made progress despite the fact that the Commission is only one year old. Such progress can be described as follows:

* We have established a wide organizational network to arrange the work and activities of the different organizations promote political participation, develop the community’s capabilities and contribute to sustainable development.

* Empowerment of nongovernmental organizations and dissemination of democracy and freedom

Measures of success:    
* Wide participation of all organizations.
* Organization of several conferences and events.
* Great popular and media interest.
Assessment, performance evaluation, research and studies

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

* Lack of adequate financial resources
* Lack of expertise and awareness among some participants.
* Unstable security conditions in Iraq.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

* Creating a ratified independent entity representing the civil community organizations, that has been granted a certificate by UN-supported High Electoral Commission in Iraqi.
* Setting up twelve main offices in the Iraqi governorates to organize and develop the work and activities of Iraqi organizations.
* Holding more than ten consultative, general and specialized conferences, some of which have been attended by more than 500 Iraqi organizations. These conferences were documented and recorded by videos and photographs.
* Political participation represented in a list of the organizations that took part in the Iraqi elections, in addition to training and qualifying a number of organizations on election monitoring.
* Participation in social events and strengthening the role of the organizations in civil society.
* Monitoring and evaluating government performance, and treat shortcomings.
* Social development through workshops and seminars.
* Participation in Arab and international conferences and workshops.
* Organization of a conference to discuss means of reforming the legislations and laws of civil society institutions
* Development of many other programmes and activities all over Iraq.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

We have developed partnerships with most civil associations in Iraq.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization


E-mail address of organization

info@iraqicommission.org

Website address of organization

www.iraqicommission.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Democratic participation

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)

Iraq

Second priority country of action (or international)

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Organization: Iraqi Commission for Civil Society Enterprises (ICCSE)

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