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Statement of the Committee on civil society institutions on the Charter of the cooperation of public authorities with non-governmental organizations.


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2013-09-10  

See House today announced a draft Charter on cooperation between public authorities and non-governmental organizations.

This Charter was born as a real need and initiative of non-governmental organizations responded to the competent Parliamentary Committee and with the support of the European Union and the United Nations, the Charter drafting Committee was formed and consisted of 12 members of the House of representatives and the representation of the Government and non-governmental organizations and five representatives of organizations active in civil society.

And through hard work over the year and a series of workshops in all provinces took the views and observations of most non-governmental organizations to generate this draft, which is the first in the Arab world and the Middle East as a Charter of civil society and public authorities.

 

This document is an advanced understanding of the Constitution, which guarantees the development of civil society in the article (45) to ensure that the support and the development of civil society and achieve its goals by peaceful means for the development of Iraqi society.

This included the Charter as well as the five most important need debt Charter principles:

True partnership

-Mutual trust

-Independence

-Accountability and transparency

-Sustained dialogue

-Diversity, participation, voluntary work

It should be noted that the Charter drafting Committee consisting of:

Attorney Jawad Kazem al-(Chairman of the Committee on civil society organizations).

-Deputy Hanan Fatlawi (Chairman of Committee members and parliamentary development)

-The Deputy Jabouri victory (Chairman of the Committee on women, family and childhood)

-MP Salim Al-Juburi (Chairman of the Commission on human rights)

Deputy Amir Al-kinani (Vice-Chairman)

-Deputy Faten Abdel Qader (Vice-Chairman of the Committee on civil society institutions)

-MP Alaa Talabani (a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee)

-MP Khalid Al-Assadi (member of the Committee on culture)

The Kurdish deputy (member of the Committee on employment and Social Affairs)

-MP Imad John (a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee)

Abdul Hussain abtan Deputy (member of the ECA)

-Gola Haji MP (member of the Committee of civil society)

-Mr. Ali Makki Al-Shahrastani (Director General of the NGO Section)

-Mr. Aqil khazali (Ministry of Interior)

-Mr. Jameel Odeh (Associate Director)

-Dr. Ihsan Security Advisor (in the Presidency)

Mr. Hamid Muslim Terminal (Red Crescent)

-Mrs. jenan Mubarak (Iraqi Centre for the rehabilitation of women and running)

-Mr. Jamal Al-jawahiri (Iraqi Al-Amal Association)

-Dr. Sami Chatti (Dar es Salaam)

Ms. Hana Hammoud (Association of Rafidain women's Alliance)

-Mr. Saadoun optimizer integrated (cognitive Foundation to study the mechanisms of intellectual progress)

-Mr. Karim El biar (Director of the programme for civil society in Iraq/United Nations Office for project services and the participation of the Minister of State for Parliament Mr. purely net debt.

 

And the annex hereto the draft Charter on cooperation in the last version:

 

The Charter of the cooperation of public authorities with non-governmental organizations

 

Preamble:

The experience of civil society in Iraq, dating to the beginning of the last century through different experiences, because there is a genuine desire to contribute to nation-building and development, established charities and social clubs, associations, other non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations working in the fields of culture, health, education, etc., which paved the way for close cooperation between the various associations and intellectuals and academics to create a safe and healthy environment for the establishment and development of civil society, and this has encouraged social activity which has had a significant impact And deep in the improvement and development of overall development in Iraq as there were various advocacy campaigns have contributed to improving the infrastructure in many rural areas and marginalized groups in particular.

However, successive Governments control the civil action following its independence and development, creating a sense that civil society is part of the Government rather than as an independent actor.

In early 2003 the social elites embraced the establishment of non-governmental organizations in all parts of Iraq, and was willing to contribute effectively to restore freedom and independence and support the improvement of the humanitarian situation and social reconstruction.

As a result there legislation NGO law No. 12 of 2010 and the law of the non-governmental organizations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (1) 2011. Which are now a reference and a model for legislation on non-governmental organizations in the region, which was worded partnership between legislative and executive bodies and non-governmental organizations, in cooperation with relevant international organizations.

And NGOs have become an active and effective partner in the process of social development has established partnership relations with the authorities. And the importance of the partnership with NGO initiatives was forming a Committee of members of Parliament and representatives of Government and non-governmental organizations, launched the idea of a Charter of cooperation would continue to strengthen partnership and the role of non-governmental organizations in the development of Iraq and through consultative meetings of non-governmental organizations at the level of broad participation of relevant public authorities.

So, recognizing the responsibility of the public authorities and non-governmental organizations with regard to the future of Iraq and the recognition of the State's commitment to building democracy and respect for fundamental freedoms and in support of the organizations provided for in the first paragraph of article 39 of the Constitution affirming the obligation provided for in the first paragraph of article 45 and which ensures the State's keenness on strengthening the role of civil society institutions and support, develop and maintain their autonomy in a manner consistent with proper means to achieve its goals.

And our belief in the need to strengthen the role of the public authorities (legislative, Executive and judicial) in consolidating democratic federal political system based on justice and respect for fundamental freedoms and the promotion of participation in the democratic process.

Recognizing that countries emerging from conflict and in transition from a totalitarian to a democratic, pluralistic, civil society plays an important role in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable through dialogues and discussions and consultations aimed at these groups and service delivery.

Recognizing that civil society is a partner in nation-building and partnership guarantee sustainable development and community participation in the formulation and implementation of policies and laws and promote social participation.

Wishing to promote cooperation between public authorities and non-governmental organizations in Iraq. This Charter was issued.

The first item

Reasons for adopting the Charter

Article (1)

Reasons for adopting the Charter are:

First: highlighting the commitment of public authorities in maintaining best practice mechanisms for cooperation.

Secondly: access to the best practices in institutional policies to be strengthened and applied in the future.

III: open new horizons for cooperation.

The second item

The objectives of the Charter

 

Article (2)

The overall objective of the development of society and the promotion of democracy through the strengthening of cooperation between the bowl and the non-governmental organizations, leading to the creation of suitable conditions for the development of NGOs and active citizenship. This objective is implemented through the following specific objectives:

First: find the foundations for long term partnerships.

II: creating the right environment for the work of non-governmental organizations through law reform and ensure its implementation.

Third: mechanisms for partnership for active participation in policy-making and legislation.

IV: creating an environment for continuous and sustainable development non-governmental organizations.

VA: encouraging active participation and multisectoral partnerships to provide better services to all citizens and to ensure their participation.

 

The third item

Principles of cooperation

Article (3)

Specify the following cooperation principles and responsibilities in this Charter:

Firstly, public authorities should recognize the principle of partnership is the Foundation of any relationship of cooperation which aims to promote respect for differences of opinion and understand other positions and the recognition of diversity within the sector and the need to ensure the representation of the different groups and cooperation on the basis of equality among all components and identifying complementary roles and creating consensus to find better mechanisms to meet the needs of the community.

II: public authorities acknowledge the mutual trust necessary to maximize the chances of success and goals of the Charter seeks to establish balanced cooperative relationships with a full understanding of the positive role played by all parties to achieve the objectives of the Charter.

Third: public authorities recognize that non-governmental organizations free and independent in determining objectives and decision-making and planning activities, and public authorities respect the contributions of non-governmental organizations in public debate and independence in providing opinion and advice without affecting its ability to operate or finance.

IV: public authorities and non-governmental organizations are accountable to the people concerning the implementation of joint activities and programmes, and this principle is illustrated by the efforts of public authorities and non-governmental organizations to respect the views of citizens and taken into account in priority setting and policy development and implementation as well as in the allocation of resources.

Fifth: the principle of transparency means that the activities are implemented by the public authorities and non-governmental organizations as a result of the joint collaboration and clear and is shared with all parties, public authorities on this principle, particularly with regard to access to information and participation in public policy-making, legislation and budget allocations and public funding and encourage non-governmental organizations to promote their activities openly and be accountable for funding it gets from the public authorities.

6. recognizes the public authorities to open dialogue and communication with civil society would find better programs and policies, and thus meet the needs of society and the openness of the authorities and increase trust among all parties.

VII: General tkoralsltat that non-governmental organizations representing groups and different perspectives and needs, including those relating to women, youth, the disabled, minorities and other public authorities to respect equality and equal opportunities and non-discrimination between persons to meet their rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as to ensure the rights and needs of all groups in policy-making and service delivery.

VIII: General tkoralsltat that initiative and participation in public life is an integral part of any democratic society and non-governmental organizations are volunteer independent bodies representing different values and interests of the citizens and counting the people connect their needs and demands of the public authorities and the public authorities are open to dialogue with all to develop policy and ensure its implementation, and encourages non-governmental organizations to participate actively and to survey the groups they represent, and their credibility.

IX: public authorities and non-governmental organizations through collaboration and partnership development, to find the most effective ways and means to achieve the common goals, manifesting itself in efforts to create relationships and commitment to the activities and programmes that have a long-term impact and making the values the cooperation independently of any political, economic and social changes.

X.: tkoralsltat public and non-governmental organizations the importance of participation at all levels local, regional, and in the formulation and implementation of policies in the development of non-governmental organizations and the authorities must facilitate the work of local and regional organizations and, in addition, encourage public authorities to formulate similar policy documents for cooperation at all levels.

 

The fourth item

The responsibilities of public authorities

Article (4)

First: find the foundations for long-term partnerships through:

A. strengthening the role of the Department of non-governmental organizations to ensure better cooperation with non-governmental organizations.

B. strengthening mechanisms for collaboration with ministries and agencies by creating focal points with non-governmental organizations and the development of a framework for statistics on non-governmental organizations by using modern electronic techniques.

C. increase the knowledge of staff and public service roles and functions of civil society.

D. increase the knowledge of citizens of the importance of region the organizations and encourage them to be active partners in policy formulation.

II: creating the right environment for the work of non-governmental organizations through law reform and ensure its implementation through:

A. activate all paragraphs of the law on non-governmental organizations and the promotion of knowledge.

B. Activate activate paragraph (3) of article 38 of the Constitution and freedom of Assembly and peaceful demonstration.

C. legislation and activation and amend the laws relating to the work of non-governmental organizations.

Third: mechanisms for partnership for active participation in policy-making and legislation through:

Prof. ttoiraliat participation of NGOs with public authorities.

B. the use of modern technologies to facilitate networking and information exchange among partners and demanded to ensure wider participation.

C. develop clear criteria and transparent mechanisms of uncomplicated to choose non-governmental organizations to stop ءه to participate in various activities.

D. ensure the involvement of non-governmental organizations in the working groups at the parliamentary and governmental activities and international treaties.

E. Creating a database to document and disseminate the consultation and its output.

And the involvement of non-governmental organizations in the preparation of government policies and strategies, projects and proposals.

IV: creating an environment for continuous development of Iraqi non-governmental organizations through:

A. establishment of a fund to support the activities of non-governmental organizations and development projects and establishing mechanisms for the allocation and expenditure of public funds.

B. advocacy and support of ministries and bodies are not related to the Ministry to involve NGOs in the implementation of activities and programmes.

C. Different ways to support NGO projects, including grants, contracts, financing of the development and use of buildings and general services.

D. adoption and the adoption of the draft law for the tax benefits.

E. support the charity.

And create a suitable environment to encourage entrepreneurship projects.

G. launch programmes to enable non-governmental organizations to implement the activities and objectives of the Charter.

VA: encouraging active participation and multisectoral partnerships to provide better services to all citizens and to ensure their involvement through:

A. promoting volunteerism and supporting civic and community initiatives through the development of a strategy for volunteer work and find the appropriate legislation.

B. include the subjects of civil society in the curricula of schools and universities.

C. support and development of corporate social responsibility.

D. promotion of tripartite partnership models (Government, private sector and civil society) in the light of the economic development and social cohesion.

E. Development of principles and rules and procedures for the involvement of non-governmental organizations in the provision of social services in various sectors such as education, health, culture, etc.

 

Fifth item

Implementation, follow-up and assessment and review

Article (5)

First: the Council of Ministers the implementation of the Charter in cooperation with the House of representatives and non-governmental organizations and to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers or the subunits assigned responsibility for:

A. coordination of plans of action.

B. follow-up to the implementation of the Charter and the development of indicators of achievement.

C. Review the annual reports of the agencies that implement the plan.

D. prepare annual reports with recommendations for improving the practice and submit them to the Parliament and Cabinet.

E. Prepare and submit a report to the House of representatives to hear the biennial report summarizes the main achievements of the Charter during those two years, the level of achievement of the goals and commitments; and areas that need further development.

And participate in the revision of the Charter.

 

Second: the House has the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of the Charter, in cooperation with the Council of Ministers and non-governmental organizations and the civil society in the Council responsibility for:

 

A. the procedures associated with the House of representatives to follow up the relevant commitments in the Charter.

B. review of the reports submitted by the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, and the review and adoption of recommendations that would improve the practices relating to the application of the Charter.

C. Commitment to the process of revision of the Charter.

 

III. non-governmental organizations involved in the implementation of the Charter by:

A. implementation of Charter and compliance with its principles and support the achievement of the goals and commitments.

B. develop action plans.

C. review and discussion of altkariralmkodmh by the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

D. review and revision of the Charter.

E. Representatives of non-governmental organizations to participate in the above tasks in accordance with a clear and transparent, democratic and open to all based on the criteria of efficiency, taking into account the diversity in the theme and geospatial.

 

IV: the development of the work plan:

The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to develop an action plan for the first five months of the date of the adoption of the Charter by the Council of Ministers and the work plan is being developed in consultation with public authorities and a wide range of non-governmental organizations and the Council of Ministers adopted the action plan within six months of the adoption of the Charter, the action plan includes the following:

A. the time period of the Charter.

B. the objectives of the Charter.

C. Activities associated with the specific obligations to be performed in the context of specific responsibilities.

D. indicators to measure achievements.

E. The bodies responsible for implementation.

And a specific timetable for each action or activity.

G. financial resources that are allocated for the implementation of these actions and activities.

H. the anticipated challenges and ways to overcome them.

 

V. follow-up and reporting

A. each party is responsible for the implementation of actions and activities identified in the action plan the preparation of an annual report and send it to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers no later than January 31 of each year. The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to prepare an annual report and send it to the Council of Ministers and the House floor no later than March 15. The annual report should contain specific recommendations to improve implementation.

B. to ensure a consistent and meaningful reports, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers provide:

1. preparation of reports to be used by all actors responsible for the implementation of the action plan.

2. form the annual report to the Council of Ministers and the House of representatives.

C. all reports are published on the website of the House of representatives and the Council of Ministers, the portal dedicated to the Charter.

E. The Secretariat for the Cabinet Committee on civil society organizations in the House final report every two years on the implementation of the Charter and work plan and specific recommendations to improve its implementation.

F. Committee organizes Community institutions tide in the House public hearings on the report and invites interested members of Parliament and non-governmental organizations and the public. The recommendations and conclusions contained in the report is the basis for launching a broad consultative process for the adoption of a new work plan for the next two years or if there is a need to revise the Charter.

VI: review Charter and action plan

Decide the House every two years and at the end of the schedule for the action plan in partnership with the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, non-governmental organizations, through an ad hoc hearing to review the implementation of the plan of action whenever the need for a revision of the Charter or the development of a new work plan for the coming biennium in accordance with the terms of the present Charter. The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to develop a methodology for reviewing and revising the Charter of responsibilities and deadlines.

 

 

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