"The Forum for the Future is a gathering dedicated to creating the broadest possible network of
partnerships in pursuit of common goals. It brings together not only government ministers, but
representatives from civil society. And I am grateful too that we will work on the important issues
confronting us – from regional security, economic development, religious tolerance, social reforms
– because none of these goals can be accomplished through laws or governments alone. They
require a broad coalition of likeminded people who translate laws into lasting change."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Marrakesh, Morocco, November 2, 2009
MARRAKESH, MOROCCO, Nov. 03 -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks at the 6th Forum for the Future - a joint initiative of the countries of the broader Middle East and North Africa region and the industrialized countries of the G-8. The forum is a unique partnership between governments of the region, the G8, civil society representatives and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange ideas on how to best work together to support progress and expand opportunities for the people of the region.
Secretary Clinton focused on partnerships to promote civil society, entrepreneurship and economic development, educational opportunity, scientific and technological collaboration, women’s empowerment, and interfaith cooperation. She stated, “as President Obama and I believe, it is results, not rhetoric, that matter in the end…economic empowerment, education, healthcare, access to energy and to credit, these are the basics that all communities need to thrive. And the United States seeks to pursue these common aspirations through concrete actions.”
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Science and Technology
The United States will be a partner in laying the foundation of knowledge economies that will spur innovation, and will support societies in grappling with their greatest economic and environmental challenges. Initiatives include:
The United States will be a partner in advancing entrepreneurship, job creation and economic opportunity in Muslim communities by providing tools and investing in pioneering local stake-holders and programs. These partnerships will emphasize local ownership and lasting results. Projects include:
Civil Society 2.0
The United States is launching Civil Society 2.0 , an initiative to empower grassroots civil society organizations around the world by helping them use digital technology. It will include:
• Deploying a team of experienced technologists to work with civil society organizations and provide training and support to build digital capacity.
• Funding new empowerment connection technologies with $5 million for pilot programs to bolster the new media and networking capabilities of civil society organizations, as well as online learning, in the Middle East and North Africa .
Empowering women and girls and expanding their opportunities to participate fully in all aspects of their societies, are core priorities of the United States. Efforts include:
The United States has a longstanding history of openness and respect for all faiths, including Islam, and seeks to deepen mutual understanding and create new partnerships with Muslim communities around the world. The United States will partner with Muslim-majority host countries in different regions to hold biannual Inter-Faith Working Groups that will bring together leaders across faith communities, government, civil society, and the private sector to create actionable plans for addressing common challenges affecting all of our communities.