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Civil society organizations come together to sign code of conduct.

SANA'A, Feb. 9--Roughly 150 civil society organizations from five governorates signed a code of conduct to regulate their work. This took place during a conference held last week and was organized by the Humanitarian Forum Yemen a local non-government organization. Civil society organizations are non-government organizations that aim to serve the public.

Singed by civil society organizations in Sana'a, Hadramout, Hodeida, Taiz and Aden, the code of conduct stressed the importance of these organizations' independence from political parties or tribal groups. There are about 12,000 civil society organizations around the country. 8,000 are officially registered at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, according to the forum.

Jameel Al-Sabaei, a member of the General Youth Union-Yemen and one of the code of conduct signatories, said, "the civil society organizations which signed this code of conduct are committed to abide by it.So far, only 150 organizations signed this code of conduct, and there are no obligatory procedures to implement it. All regulations rely on [honor code]." Rawhi Afahgani, a representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said during the conference that there was room for improvement for both government institutions and civil society organizations. Afahgani said the government was not dealing transparently with the civil society organizations.

The government signed a cooperation document with civil society organizations in September, a move that Afahgani counted as positive progress between the two sides.

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
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Date:Feb 13, 2014
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