Some of Mid-Plenary Session OUTCOMES
The NDC’s comprehensive first session final report – which includes recommendations and decision from six of the nine NDC working groups - was read out loud before the conference’s full membership.
The remaining three groups, the Southern Issue, Sa’ada and State-Building Working Groups, failed to finalize their recommendations and decisions on time and will make their presentations at the conference’s conclusion.
The report read, “With a sense of national responsibility to make the NDC and its outcomes a success, the second plenary session was held from June 8 to July 8, 2013, with the participation of all social and political groups. During the plenary, reports from all working groups on their activities over the first session were read and comments were heard and taken into consideration as part of efforts to enrich the reports.”
The report stated that the nine working groups held in-depth discussions in a consensual atmosphere over 70 days and reached positive outcomes in the face of differing opinions.
It said the NDC had reached its midpoint. The report largely focused on the recently-completed stage of the conference, when issues were diagnosed; the focus then shifted to the upcoming stage, termed “the most important” and described as the period which “will lay the groundwork for a new Yemen.”
“The first stage established communication links among the members from all political and social groups and facilitated the bridging of gaps in their opinions,” read the report.
A variety of first session activities were spoken about, including visits by around 200 foreign observers to conference working group meetings. Also during the first session, about 100 domestic and international experts delivered lectures to groups of NDC members.
The report spoke about how field visits, media coverage, civil society organizations, NDC tents, ‘Dialogue Ambassadors’ and social media efforts served to link the public with the conference and its members’ efforts and actions.
All committees which participated in first session field visits submitted separate reports, which included comments on the needs and visions of various public and public organizations. The report added that these comments had been integrated and could be counted as part of the first session’s outcomes.
The report stressed the need to implement the twenty points which were prepared by the NDC Technical Committee in preparation for the conference, as well as the eleven points which were prepared specifically by the Southern Issue Working Group.
The Committee prepared and submitted the twenty points in question to Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi before the conference began, and the eleven points from the Southern Issue Working Group were submitted shortly after its launch.
The first session report also included a demand that President Hadi take action and order relevant authorities to implement both sets of points in accordance with a time-based and transparent mechanism, as well as for necessary resources and accommodations to be provided for the points to be implemented. The report added that the points would have positive effects on the conference and its outcomes.
The report pointed out that the working groups had managed to agree upon recommendations which were included in their modified individual group reports. The recommendations were included in the first session report in the hope that they would meet with approval, and on the condition that they would not conflict with the Southern Issue, Sa’ada Issue and State-Building Working Group recommendations and outcomes.
NDC Mid-Session Outcomes
- The guarantee of employee rights to fair pay, holidays, pensions, social insurance, and health care.
- Independence for media outlets and the assurance of freedom for the press to serve communities and promote a general culture of freedom.
- The prohibition of the establishment of any military or paramilitary groups, teams or organizations by any individual, entity, party, side or group.
- The offering of official apologies for all violations against citizen rights, including pledges that such violations will not be repeated.
- Responsible care of citizens’ educational rights and an emphasis in school curriculums on national identity and focuses on the Arab and Islamic state.
- The issuance of legislation banning political or party affiliations within educational institutions.
- The formation of a supreme independent council, which will be tasked with protecting the rights of citizens with special needs.
- The removal of party control of state administrative institutions and any such links connected with Yemen’s Parliament.
- An independent legislature, which is allowed to exercise its supervisory role without compromise.
- The formation of an independent national body tasked with recovering looted funds and public and private lands, whether in-country or abroad.
- A requirement that the state compensate all victims for damages caused by terrorist operations or counterterrorism efforts on the part of either the military or civilians.
- A reconsideration of legislation on political incumbents, part of effort to promote political accountability.
- The reinstatement of wrongfully-terminated state employees.
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