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International Conference of Local Governments and Civil Society Organizations in Support of Palestinian Rights
Seville, Spain, 2-3 December 2014






OPENING SESSION



Mr. Manuel Gracia Navarro, President, Parliament of Andalusia

Mr. Diego Valderas Sosa, Vice-president, Junta of Andalusia

Mr. Ignacio Caraballo, President, Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity

Mr. Zahir Tanin, Vice-Chair, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights
of the Palestinian People (English)

Mr. Claude Nicolet, Regional councillor, Nord Pas de Calais, President, Network for Decentralized Cooperation for Palestine, Representative of United Cities and Local Governments

Mr. Musa Amer Odeh, Representative of the State of Palestine, Ambassador to Spain

Key note presentation by:

Mr. Majed Bamya, First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Palestine




SESSION I: "Decentralized cooperation: local cooperation for development, humanitarian assistance and political actions"



Moderator: Mr. Antonio Zurita, Director General, Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI)

Feedback from the International Conference of local authorities in solidarity with the Palestinian People:

Mr. Claude Nicolet, Regional councillor, Nord Pas de Calais, President, Network for Decentralized Cooperation for Palestine, Dunkerque

Initiatives of local authorities in solidarity with Palestine:

Mr. Othman Dawoud, Mayor of Qalqilya, State of Palestine

Mr. Francisco José Toajas Mellado, Working group of Local Development, United Cities and Local Governments

Boycott and divestment initiatives by local governments:

Mr. Joseph Schechla, Coordinator, Housing and Land Rights Network, Habitat International Coalition
Giza (PowerPoint)

Discussant: Mr. Flavio Lotti, Director, Enti Locale per la pace


SESSION II: "Breaking the cycle of impunity"

Moderator: Mr. Frank Barat, President, Palestine Legal Action Network, Brussels

International law, human rights and the effects of prolonged occupation, including the situation in the Gaza Strip:

Mr. John Reynolds, Lecturer in international law, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Follow up to the Russell Tribunal on Palestine:

Mr. Pierre Galand, General Coordinator, Russell Tribunal on Palestine and President, European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, Brussels

European Union mechanisms to establish accountability and end impunity:

Ms. Katarzyna Lemanska, Researcher on EU-Israel relations, Brussels (English, PowerPoint)

Corporate responsibility: the case of businesses and companies profiting from the Israeli occupation

Ms. Lou Pingeot, Policy Advisor, Global Policy Forum, Doctoral candidate, McGill University, Montréal (PowerPoint)

Discussant: Ms. Zulaiha Ismail, Executive Director, Perdana Global Peace Foundation, Kuala Lumpur


SESSION III: Campaigning for peace and justice for the Palestinian people

Moderator: Ms. Felicia Eaves, Steering Committee Chair, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Washington, D.C.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) and its economic impact:

Ms. Anna Baltzer, National Organizer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, St. Louis, Missouri (English, Spanish)

Mr. Mahmoud Nawajaa, General Coordinator, Palestinian BDS National Committee, Ramallah

Mr. Shir Hever, Economic researcher, Alternative Information Centre, Göttingen (English)

Advancing the question of Palestine on campuses:

Mr. Rahim Kurwa, Member, Students for Justice in Palestine, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (English)

Ms. Magali Thill, Coordinator, Red Solidaria contra la Ocupación de Palestina, Madrid

Mr. Suleiman Rashid, Coordinator, Asociacion Europea de Cooperacion con Palestina, Malaga

Mr. Gavan Kelly, Coordinator of Advocacy Unit, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah (English)

Discussant: Mr. Pedro Ferraracio Charbel, Member, Front in Defense of the Palestinian People, São Paulo

SESSION IV: The plight of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees including women and children

Moderator: Mr. Simone Giovetti, Project Officer, Cités Unies France, Paris

Mr. Majed Bamya, Free Marwan Barghouti and all Palestinian Political Prisoners Campaign, First Secretary, in-charge of the Palestinian prisoners' portfolio, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Palestine, Ramallah

SESSION V: Palestine and the media

Moderator: Mr. Simone Giovetti, Project Officer, Cités Unies France, Paris

Dealing with traditional media: challenges and opportunities:

Ms. Carmen Rengel, Freelance journalist, Cadena Ser

The social media battle in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the use of infographics and creative visuals

Mr. Ramzi Jaber, Co-founder, Visualizing Impact, Montréal

Influencing Israeli and Palestinian public opinion:

Mr. Mohammad Barakeh, Member of the Knesset

Mr. Daoud Talhami, Author, Nazareth

Discussant: Ms. Aneta Jerska, Coordinator, European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, Brussels


 
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