Vision for Libya: towards prosperity, justice and strong State institutions - ESCWA

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Vision for Libya: towards prosperity, justice and strong State institutions

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL6.GCP/2021/TP.1


Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: Governance and Conflict Prevention

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Governance & enabling environment, Inclusive development, Resilient development & conflict prevention

Initiatives: Libya Socioeconomic Dialogue

Keywords: Conflict, Armed conflicts, Post-conflict reconstruction, Social development, Economic development, Governance, Institution building, Social justice, Peace, Regional cooperation, Libya

Vision for Libya: towards prosperity, justice and strong State institutions

October 2021

The documents will be available online on the 1st of October.

This vision was developed within the framework of the Libya Socioeconomic Dialogue Project and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project was carried out in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and with the support of a Libyan consulting group. The Libya Socioeconomic Dialogue is purely Libyan project in all aspects: institutional, academic, advisory, technical and in the dialogue itself. The national dialogue engaged Libyans from all walks of life on issues of sustainable social and economic development and good governance, in order to achieve comprehensive, balanced and stable development and prevent a relapse and return to conflict.   This vision constitutes the first phase of the project, providing informed options for strategic policies with the aim of moving from the logic of rent-seeking, exploitation and fragmentation to a State of institutions that follow the principles of justice and equity, universal rights and fundamental freedoms within a productive, diversified and renewable economy that establishes a peaceful and prosperous society.

The formulation of this vision was based mainly on open discussions among Libyans through the ESCWA platform. These discussions were spread over 8 open virtual dialogue sessions attended by 262 Libyan participants and broadcast live via social media, reaching more than 38,760 viewers who interacted through comments and shares. The project team also provided an opportunity for Libyans to express their opinions in writing, through eight surveys that included questions related to the topics raised in each dialogue session. More than 850 written contributions were received and used in preparing and drafting the vision.

Policy Briefs:

  • Towards an inclusive national identity in light of a just citizenship state
  • Social protection system
  • Human capital, youth and women empowerment, and the integration of militant forces
  • The role of the state in sustainable economic development and the strategic positioning of Libya in the global economy
  • Strengthening the state authority and the rule of law through a fair and independent justice system, and human security based on human rights and the principles of comprehensive justice
  • Restoring trust and reconciliations to establish a national charter
  • Building a state of institutions, regional integration and international cooperation
  • Mechanisms for economic reform and recovery

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