Consultative phase of the Libyan National Conference comes to an end 

(Arabic version of this press release can be found below). A delegation from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) met with the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Libya, Dr Ghassan Salamé in Tripoli on 11 July 2018, to mark the end of the consultative phase of the Libyan National Conference Process.

More than 7000 Libyans participated in over 75 sessions in 43 locations throughout the country and abroad. This inclusive and public consultation process, managed by HD at the request of the UN SRSG, lasted 14 weeks ending in the desert oasis of Tazerbo on 11 July. Digital communication was used to great effect allowing hundreds of thousands of citizens to actively contribute to the process. The meetings were covered in detail from beginning to end by local Libyan media.  

“Libyans from all corners of this beautiful and diverse country came together to share their aspirations for the future stability of Libya,” said Christopher Thornton, HD’s Libya Project Manager. “We have seen people yearning for an end to the crisis which has engulfed Libya and a desire to work hand in hand to rebuild it. This will take sacrifice and compromise, but from what we have seen, the Libyan public are ready.”

Participants proposed recommendations according to a common agenda, which tackled key issues facing Libya today: national priorities; defence and security; institution-building and governance; as well as the electoral and constitutional processes. Reports of the individual sessions have been collected and are being processed to form the final report which will comprise the main outcomes.

HD would like to thank Libyan authorities for their co-operation, all local Libyan actors for their engagement in their process, as well as United Nation Support Mission in Libya for their support.  HD would also like to thank the European Union and German Federal Foreign Office for their considerable support to this process.

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