Sep 18, 2013

Exploring the Path of Federalism in the Middle East

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in coordination with the office of Mr. Tunne Kelam MEP, will hold a conference on the ways federalism could contribute to the democratic development of countries in the Middle East.


Wednesday 2 October 2013

14:00 – 16:00 

Room ASP 5E3

European Parliament, Brussels


18 September 2013, Brussels - The office of Mr. Tunne Kelam MEP (EPP) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will be convening a conference in the European Parliament to explore the opportunities for developing federalism, as a means of enhancing democracy and stability in the Middle East.

Iran will be given special attention to at the conference, considering the country’s civil society and political movements that stand as a telling example in the pursuit of federalist modes of governance – an aspiration that is visible in the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI).

With two panels hosting international experts, from governmental, academic and civil society backgrounds, the conference will raise the question of what opportunities there are for federalism as a strategy to enhance democracy and stability in the Middle East. Following an in depth overview of the challenges facing the different ethnic and religious groups in Iran, the conference will offer insights into how decentralization could enhance the current status of minorities in the Middle East.

To register for this event, please contact UNPO sending your full name, nationality, organization, ID/Passport number and residence to


Registration closes on 25 September 2013


For media queries please contact:

Maud Vanwalleghem   |   +32 251 314 59   |


Conference Material:

- Conference Programme (pdf)

- Save the Date - Invitation (pdf)

- Conference Poster (pdf)