SHARED SOCIETIES AND VALUES SARAJEVO INTERNATIONAL FORUM NOVEMBER 6TH 2015, SARAJEVO
- CONCEPT NOTE -
This year Bosnia and Herzegovina and International community are marking 20 years of the Dayton Peace Accord which stopped the four years long war and introduced new constitutional setting in the divided country. For many years the same Dayton accord was and still is the subject of different political and academic discussions regarding its purpose, effectiveness and goals not only in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Region but in the International community as well.
Previous intents to tackle the issue of reform of Dayton Peace Accord only had limited or none effects and produced serious political turmoil within the country. For some political forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina the Dayton is still the framework for maintaining the status quo which allows the permanent concentration of power and control within ethnically denominated territories. Others consider that is only the solid base that has to be changed, upgraded or improved so Bosnia and Herzegovina can become more united, stable, effective and prosperous state and society.
Dayton Peace Accord stopped the war but at the same time, so many questions maintained opened: complicated and inefficient structure, poor functionality of the state, low economic performance, high level of corruption etc. The same questions that are not allowing Bosnia and Herzegovina to move forward and still to live under insecure and unpredictable roof.
Twenty years after the Dayton was signed, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still unstable, economically and socially fragile country. This 20 year milestone is a good opportunity to reflect on Dayton and to open broader discussion on WHY, HOW and WHAT we have to do to build Bosnia and Herzegovina as our only home and shared society which is socially cohesive and united in diversity.
The very simple model can be build up on short initial answers to three questions:
WHY- We can build our common, prosperous and secure future only united in diversities instead promoting segregated and exclusive societies.
HOW- Gathering all relevant political, business, academic, religious, NGO and media forces in the country on working together in building more cohesive society on bases of trust, dialog and mutual respect
WHAT - Building Shared societies and values
The new European Union approach towards Western Balkan countries and Bosnia and Herzegovina are giving us the new opportunity to tackle ongoing issues and to build better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The new EU strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina can be used as a powerful tool for transition to a modern shared society. Within the EU context, the values of democracy, equality and diversity are integrated in the Copenhagen criteria. The Copenhagen criteria and values it embraces are the foundation of the EU’s strategies and initiatives in BiH.
Coming into force of the SAA is requiring a much more dynamic government activity than has been the case with the Interim Agreement. It will be a very demanding process of implementing commitments undertaken at the time of the signing of the SAA, and the BiH authorities cannot afford arbitrary implementation and politicising of very technical issues. It will be a real test of the preparedness of the government and civil service to undertake comprehensive implementation of EU-related legislation.
First solid change to start this process is embodied in Reform Agenda for Bosnia and Herzegovina, proposed by International community and recently adopted in Bosnia and Herzegovina by relevant political stakeholders. Focusing of relevant economic reforms in the country should lay solid ground for substantial structural reforms in the future. Realising goals from Reform Agenda can create suitable climate and ground to move forward with substantial structural and institutional reforms as the only way to secure the sustainability of results of Reform Agenda. This task can only be accomplished if from International community and local political forces are working together.
Marking the 20 years milestone of Dayton Peace Accord and new momentum in Bosnia and Herzegovina and region, Foundation Shared societies and Values Sarajevo is organizing INTERNATIONAL FORUM TITLED “DAYTON 2.0 – THE WAY FORWARD 20 YEARS AFTER” on 6th of November 2015 in Sarajevo.
The Forum is gathering group of prominent regional and international public figures discussing on WHY, HOW and WHAT we have to do to move forward in building Bosnia and Herzegovina as shared society.
After remarks that will be given by high level Bosnia and Herzegovina officials, the heart of the Forum will be panel of former and current heads of states and government from Region as well as from European Union on Bosnia and Herzegovina way forward 20 years after as a part of integrated Region and group.
The format of the Forum will include sessions opened for in-depth discussion for all participants after introductory speakers and panellists.
The goal of the Forum is to actively participate in broader debate and shed light on possible solutions for the future of Dayton Peace Accord and Bosnia and Herzegovina taking in consideration the overall regional and international dynamics.
An introductory session will opened by Zlatko Lagumdžija, Shared Societies and Values Foundation, former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Hezegovina; Šefik Džaferović, Co Chair of House of Representatives, Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Igor Crnadak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lidija Korać, Former President of Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Venice Commission Expert and Valentin Inzko High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovine.
Former Heads of states and governments in panel debate will be part of the Forum: Prime Minister Wim Kok, Netherland; Prime Minister Alfred Gusenbauer, Austria; President Valdis Zatlers, Latvia and President Branko Crvenkovski, Macedonia.
Forum is planned to be initial platform for establishing support and some kind of symbolic scolarships for younger students and researchers who are promoting and working on the Shared Societies and Values as well as giving additional push to our project "Education as building block of Shared Societies and Values".