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The Journal - Appendix - Session of Peoples Congress
The Journal of Zagora
from 5 to 9 November 2010
with the participation of RAZDED and ASCOP

Wednesday, November 3

Marrakech was the obligatory path to get to Zagora. Participants came from several locations around the world in 8 different aircraft. It took the whole day on November 3 for the gathering takes place at Hotel Sirocco. Congratulations to Kalima Arbouche to have assumed and managed this feat.

Thursday, November 4

The 4th of November was a busy day for many: 350km by bus through a mountain road that snaked up over 2200 meters. In Zagora, is the Hotel Salam group was expected that evening, and that is where the session of the Peoples Congress and the meeting of the Consultative Assembly (ASCOP) would take place.

Friday, November 5

Friday, November 5, at 9 h 20, Shahid Ahmed welcomed the participants on behalf of all social actors gathered in the RAZDED. The RAZDED is a group of 120 Moroccan associations working to promote democracy and development through workshops citizens. Global values are present.

Then Arbouche Kalima, organizer of the program welcomed by asserting that men can achieve a goal by walking the same paths. She first met with Roger Winterhalter thanks to Veronique Dutra which she paid a heartfelt tribute.

Then Liliane Metz-Krencker, who assumes the presidency of the Peoples Congress, officially opened the session by reading the letter from an absent Delegate: Alexis Bengantundu.

In broad strokes, she presented the distant goal of the Congress of the Peoples: the establishment of supranational democratic institutions such as the willingness of first world citizens, who have stood the test of war is 39-45 satisfied: never again.

Then Roger Winterhalter, who was the author of this proposed meeting in Zagora precise state of mind: "We are not here to bring good news, but for the gift-giving and cons, we must link our diversities we enrich, cultivate the pleasure of being together, to respect "and noted that" the world's affairs are everyone's business. "

After presenting the general schedule of meetings Zagora, the floor was given to Henry Cainaud, the Council of Elders, for the official results of elections to the 12th Congress of Peoples. It was during a presentation of each newly elected, then all participants, both those who were there for the Peoples Congress and those who were interested in citizen meetings under ASCOP.

Peoples Congress

At 11 h 30, the Peoples Congress opened its session with a history of the Peoples Congress going back to the inventor of the concept: Alfred Rodriguez Brent, and the different stages that marked the lives of global citizenship last sixty years : the electoral process, the global declarations, the various creations, but also some of the difficulties encountered, and the relaunch of a new process for the session in Paris in 2003.

Delegates were particularly dwelt on the subject of the AMIP. Already session in Brasilia had decided to recreate in these terms: "This agency should unite all the world's information, the cause and ensure its dissemination."

Discussions it has resulted in a confidence vote unanimously to entrust the charge of this work Tahar Houhou. Tahar wants to surround himself with a validation committee as inclusive as possible.

Other lines of work have emerged, sometimes responding to recommendations made at various workshops and seminars.

work on a global constitution

development of national constitutions which provide for the transfer of sovereignty necessary to establish peace.

contact by Francisco Plancarte with Mexican politicians who are willing to consider this issue, notably following the simulated world parliament made in Mexico City in early October 2010,

the finding that some organizations such as WATUN Planetafilia or meet some specific details of the missions of the Congress, resulting in collaborations to develop a growing collaboration between the Seminars for Global Studies and the Institute for Global Studies; development of communication by various means of communication as an art of activism; should give encouragement that the Congress of Peoples to all kinds of citizens' initiatives, not only to a sailboat that competes for globalism, but also all kinds of smaller initiatives that are in the same direction

The existence of the site was welcomed, however, should be reserved as a tool for use by delegates.

the establishment of a commission for the revision of the Peoples Congress


Side of the Consultative Assembly, it is with enthusiasm and joy that the participants exchanged their experiences and knowledge. The result is expressed as some resolutions:

1. - Bring together the actions of citizens who fall within the values defended by the citizens of the world by behaving in a benevolent who can work in confidence over time and in solidarity. To do this, it recommends:

  • the process of making decisions by consensus, using a method explained by Françoise Maquin;
  • Use the tools citizens.
  • Our actions must not be profitable, but enjoyable.

2. Recommendation of ASCOP Peoples Congress: Implement

  • training on the methodology and tools citizens;
  • training agreement;
  • A forum from an exchange of experiences;

Saturday, November 6



This Saturday is a much broader audience that comes to the meeting of the Peoples Congress and ASCOP: fifty people have indeed joined the participants of the previous day to present their concerns, their projects, their activities and to try to establish a connection with global civil society.

With a bit behind the schedule, the meeting was opened by Shahid Ahmed, president of RAZDED. He says that another world is possible if, what Roger Winterhalter, co-host of the day, adds that when you have listened to the testimonies of people here and the experiences there, it should transforming words into deeds.


The first testimony concerned the "Network of Associations of Zagora for Development and Democracy." Already submitted the day before, this collective created in 2007 organized a multitude of seminars and training sessions on development, human rights and democracy. He led literacy activities that have already concerned about 9000 women to help children to develop their economic activities through funding and guidance or training in management and he is also involved in health programs. The RAZDED is now in committee in the National Initiative for Human Development.



Morocco has experienced years of lead in which a multitude of people have disappeared. The families formed in 1999, an association of families to trace the missing. Enforced disappearance is a displacement of people already imprisoned to places of secret detention, including some in the region of Zagora The political opposition, but also social actions of individuals without any commitment or social or political targets were repression. The phenomenon lasted several decades, without reaching the magnitude of crimes committed in Chile or Argentina. The Moroccan Association of Families of Disappeared has several lines of work:

  • memory work and research
  • reconciliation work
  • repair work

The association is part of a dynamic world: it is in correspondence with the families in Latin America, Europe and Asia to form federations, so that the phenomenon does not happen again. This shared commitment across the globe has generated an international convention. However, if that Convention is applicable, it needs to be ratified by at least 20 countries. So far 19 countries have ratified, but not Morocco. Great opportunity to get into the story!

The repair process: it should recognize the fact that the South-eastern Morocco has suffered from the phenomenon. A meeting was held in Agdez, and this was the first official step of a plea for community reparation, because it is necessary to go beyond the individual level, because the repression that lasted several decades has clear economic implications. This concept of community reparation was officially recognized and taken up and framed by the authorities in 2005. It covers eight provinces. In each province has been set up coordination in caring for people's basic rights and the establishment of community projects run by community groups that bring together all local stakeholders: administration, traditional associations, traders and others, so that create links of solidarity between all Moroccan citizens in the global community.

Of course, these projects fit themselves into a process of sustainable development


The following testimony was supported by a journalist who advocated free information, free of any economic or political interference. The media play an important role in the way of approaching problems and rule the world. Now we're in a period where information is monopolized and became a sharp weapon and for fatal citizenship. We try to put aside the public and make them allies of media moguls. This phenomenon is particularly noticeable since the fall of the Berlin Wall, "and so far it's pretty difficult to create a reaction. It took 20 years of reflection and the results are not yet acquired. Reviews and tests are coming. The current situation is scary. The model global citizen is a citizen neutral uncommitted, not vindictive. The magnates press trying to make sense, makes it a nonsense to most people.

They attack citizens of the world in what they have more personal: the lives and culture. Suffice to say they succeed where Hitler failed, but more gentle. The tycoons are trying to create stereotypes of each other. How is the other, Arabic, Black, French ... From there we try to dominate, divide and conquer. You can find the same prejudices around the world. Citizens are shaped. They succeeded.

What to do?

Simple proposals would be to establish community radio stations, free media and the Internet may prove useful. The people must reclaim the information locally, exposing the information handled, and release information.


This movement ensures that public responsibilities are fairly well distributed between men and women. Based on the finding of underrepresentation of women in the political sphere, this movement created in May 2006 covers all regions of Morocco. It consists of 17 associations, including the RAZDED. He worked on three major objectives: 1. advocacy for the number of women in responsibility, 2. facilitating women's access to positions of responsibility, 3. local development likely to bring out the engagement female audience. Several seminars were organized. The movement tries to create a permanent committee in each municipality: a Committee on Equal Opportunities. The movement questions the need to develop its own structures and networking. It seeks to broaden its base.


Young Moroccan Rabat committed to defending and promoting human rights for collective freedom. These young people seeking a new approach to the problems they face. The first action takes place in Sale, near Rabat city, 1200000 inhabitants without any public structure including in cultural and charitable organizations. This produces a feeling of frustration among young people living in a dormitory town. The association "Youth Action", created in 2007, works to create public spaces for free speech and debate on policy issues in particular. The association invites young people into political movements to draw a new vision, a new generation of young activists in our societies, to open up all forms of alternative especially in cultural matters, open up the debate in the neighborhoods where there are young people affected by the atrocity situations lived in Morocco.


How to make women of all backgrounds and all countries can communicate in simple and inexpensive to implement a common international level to express their hopes? The proposed answer is through the realization of small squares, a kind of patchwork patterns and colors to the most diverse messages and make it a live cover as representative of life, challenges and hopes of those who contribute. The project is to create a hedge of a kilometer, which represents 64,000 small squares. Currently 1000 square were made and assembled. Part of this coverage is set out in the lobby of the Hotel Salam Zagora. Another part is exposed in Canada. The project is run from March 8, 2008. Ground cover is virtual: a site has been created where each square is photographed and, often, with a message.


An example of citizen democracy is exposed by a representative of a rural region of Zagora. The region has a special dynamic to the development

This dynamic is born of similar socio-cultural aspects of this region

This regional context has given rise to the Youth Forum for Democracy. For local development in the region, there are socio-cultural barriers, there are hegemonies due to centralization. Action is being taken against poverty, unemployment, literacy and to prevent rural-urban migration. There are institutional barriers: no real policy

We believe in the role of civil society, we want to participate in the construction of regionalization.

"This is an active and influential force to the concerns of people, enjoying high credibility and high efficiency. As an association, we work together with determination to achieve democracy for a conjunction expanded. We are strongly committed to our identity. "


Kalima Arbouche, AMESCIMOD (Maghreb-European Association for Solidarity global citizenship by the Sustainable Development), thanked the participants and said he was very proud and satisfied. For 6 years she is the project of a "house of citizenship and global solidarity" to Zagora, which would be to exchange, a place of love and brotherhood on earth, a place of formal link the construction of another possible world, a place for sharing and implementation of global governance, a place where motor might leave the globalization of local communities. "We are like the spring of humanity and we are confident that this spring will come from the South."


And it around Alain Ball to speak to speak to the Consultative Assembly of the Peoples Congress (ASCOP). Alain goes straight to the point: ASCOP is a flexible, informal, almost allows citizens to get in line and get to work while communicating with others, lead meetings and make things happen, Together in the enthusiasm of all those who have volunteered for a new world is gradually put in place.

The previous speakers have had many more things to say, but the time limit for such evidence had expired.

The afternoon would be organized into three workshops:


(Workshop consists of a large number of young)

What do we want?

  • Abolition of all borders in the respect for difference
  • Freedom
  • Knowledge transfer
  • The fight against repression
  • More democracy and tolerance
  • Solidarity
  • The preservation of nature and the environment
  • Cooperation
  • The quality of basic services (health - education - employment - environment)
  • Equality
  • Solidarity between the ages
  • Confidence in education
  • Communication
  • The elimination of poverty
  • Sharing
  • Openness to other
  • The future for youth
  • Respect for cultures and respect between young people, respect for the views
  • That young people go to their future: the blessing of parents and society

What do we do?

1. establishment of associations with youth assets (commitment - Accountability)

  • Fight against illiteracy
  • Creation of social movements to engage the state emancipation
  • These associations can reassure parents not to control or suppress, but along - it allows the expression.

2. act at institutions across political parties: the absence of the rule creates gaps

3. necessary bridges between political actors and civil

4. capacity for recognition

What will we do together?

Cooperation, coordination, solidarity

Together as a group on a project to develop and implement

  • In the consciousness of differences and what unites us: Global Citizenship
  • Through dialogue, networking
  • With humility, technical communication, active non-violence, respect for the word of another, consider the other


  • creation of the house of citizenship and global solidarity in Zagora
  • broaden the concept of citizenship to house one of a citizenship program
  • ground cover


What do we want?

The largest numbers of speakers spoke about the notion of participatory democracy and less on representative democracy. The workshop was held in a cordial debate and expression of diverse opinions

Besides the oral contributions and proposals that emerged from the workshop two papers written by Roger on partnership and another on the Travellers have fueled the debate.

  • Many speakers focused their remarks on citizens searching for tools to help achieve participatory democracy.
  • Others have expressed the desire to develop partnerships where we can be treated as equals.
  • Fighting against the frenzy of having power and see
  • Allow the full development with the aim of achieving the common good.
  • The full development of each individual in respect of a collective solidarity
  • Establish a communication tools allowing the expression of diversity.

What do we do? and what will we do together?

  • From local concerns and realities v écues
  • Hear and give voice to the voiceless
  • Establish methods of popular education to promote civic expression
  • Enable democracy itself in our family relations and institutional
  • Develop networks of active solidarity and globalization of cities and citizens' movements
  • Encourage citizen movements to advance democracy
  • Home concretely promote citizen Zagora
  • Develop experiences of participatory budgeting
  • Take example on Travellers in which borders no longer exist


We want

A world of peace, justice, freedom, democracy, a fraternal world, respectful of human rights, develop a range of thought.

What do we do?

People are involved:

  • In Association for Human Rights "with the means at hand" human rights education, teacher training, denunciations of violations, action projects more visible
  • In an individual citizen behavior by their lifestyles and choices
  • In solidarity associations that try to act with respect for the dignity
  • In the networking of associations, institutions, municipalities
  • In solidarity tourism
  • In the communication the most respectful of identities and cultures

Together, we propose, based on the commitment, the autonomy of thought in connection with the spirit of justice

  1. souteir solidarity tourism and develop the networks
  2. establish an international work camp in the collective farm pilot project proposed by Kalima
  3. increase exchanges between young people under forum, projects, meetings to increase solidarity
  4. help build a house of Citizenship and Solidarity in Zagora

These four actions will build on the information network RITIMO.

Closing Forum

Some people have even expressed to emphasize the need for networking, but also to remember that living conditions, particularly in Zagora, are hardly favorable. An official of the Youth Action thanked all participants for having been listened to by other citizens of the world and have participated in this meeting. Joel Labbé has expressed its willingness, as mayor of a commune world and make every effort at the local level for better problem solving and for a better balance between humans: we must pass the land in good condition. Then Shahid Ahmed, closed the meeting day: "it is not over, it's a start"

Sunday, November 7

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