RUMB Regional Meeting 2021

Our rights and freedoms are in our hands!

The regional meeting of representatives of Member Organisations and associates from the RUMB region (Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus), organized by CDN and hosted by the Republican Center Gutta-Club, was held in Chisinau (Moldova) on 20-24 July. The participants worked together on common problems and common solutions concerning the civil and political rights of youth in these countries.

Despite the fact that the group consisted of people from different fields of activity with different backgrounds, the desire to participate in Green activism and the desire for change are what united the participants of the meeting. The event helped young people expand their knowledge of civic and political rights and meet like-minded people from neighbouring countries who want to take the first step towards a better, fair reality for all.

The program of the first day included interactive lectures, where the participants learned about a brief history of civil and political rights in the region, discussed the work of institutions that should protect these rights, compared the situation in the region and worked in groups to identify regional organizations and institutions ensuring the observance of these rights in each country. Moreover, young activists had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Doctor of Science, expert-analyst Alexander Makukhin “Ensuring civil and political rights in the RUMB countries: pre-election / post-election perspective” and have a discussion with the lecturer and each other. In addition, thanks to the activities of the organizers and the facilitators, the participants got to know each other better during the team building activities, city quest and group reflection sessions. The first day ended with the “Fair of Organizations”, where participants presented their organisations and exchanged experiences of volunteering in them.

During the second day, participants analyzed the tools and methods for claiming their rights, analyzing their effectiveness, accessibility and security in each of the countries using the example of specific cases. Further, having studied the institutional barriers to upholding civil and political rights in the RUMB countries in the form of an interactive game, the participants divided into teams, systematized the information received in the form of a poster, in which they reflected their thoughts and ways to effectively achieve goals and effectively resist violations of rights. After discussing the posters, the participants gathered for a group reflection and ended the day by watching and discussing documentaries about the major political events in Ukraine (d \ f “Euromaidan. Rough editing”) and in Belarus (d \ f “Sisters of protest”).

The third, final, day began with the session: “The role of international solidarity in the fight for our rights.” During the session, the young people discussed ways of expressing solidarity and concrete actions that can be used to solve the problem. As in the past days, in small groups, some cases were reviewed and posters were created on the topic. The conclusion of the whole discussion of the last day and the two previous ones was the identification of fundamental human rights, which, according to the group, are most often violated, and the creation of projects that contribute to changing this situation. Participants presented their ideas, suggesting creative ways: creating demonstrative role-playing board games, comics, and even envisioning new professions.

The meeting of young Greens of the region showed that by having an active civic position, one can always come to a consensus by discussing a problem and unite common efforts to solve it.

Ekaterina Chulkova
Volunteer of RC Gutta-club

Набор участников: Смотри и Действуй сквозь зелёную призму

CDN рад пригласить Вас на тренинг “Смотри и Действуй сквозь зелёную призму”, который пройдет 10-14 Октября в Киеве, Украина и соберет участников из Украины, Беларуси, Молдовы и России.  Этот тренинг является частью долгосрочной работы CDN по развитию и укреплению Зелёного движения в регионе. Continue reading

Смотри и Действуй сквозь зелёную призму – Набор в команду организаторов

CDN исчет команду организаторов для предстоящего семинара “Зелёное адвокатирование* (Р)УМБ” – Смотри и Действуй сквозь зелёную призму” который состоится 10-14 октября в Украине.
Этот проект является ещё одним шагом к достижению долгосрочной цели по укреплению Зелёного движения в регионе путем разработки концепции Зелёного видения среди молодежи. Continue reading

Call for prep-team: Regional Training in Georgia

CDN and its Alternative Urbanization Working Group are announcing a call for members of the preparation team for the Caucasus Regional Training of our Annual Work Plan “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe” that will take place between 1-5 August in Georgia.

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Call for Participants: Second Steps for Alternative Urbanisation (Regional Training in Albania)

CDN is announcing a call for participants of the first Balkan Regional Training of our Annual Work Plan “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe”. The regional training will take place between 20-24 June in Tirana, Albania and will gather participants from Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo*, and Macedonia. Continue reading

Development Process for CDN’s Strategy 2019 – 2021

CDN is launching the ‘Strategy Development Process’ together with its Member and Partner Organisations. The Strategy is one of the main and most crucial guiding documents for CDN, outlining the organisation’s vision on internal and external development, scope of actions, and goals for the next three years – what topics we should focus on, who we should reach, how we envision the work with MOs and POs and what are the needs of the MOs that make CDN the network it is today and it wishes to be in the future.

The document puts together setting directions for the Executive Commitee, Secretariat and Member Organisations. The statement is adopted by the General Assembly with the close collaboration of CDN’s Member and Partner Organisations.

CDN’s current strategy statement was adopted in 2015. Considering that Member Organisations are crucial part of the strategy preparation process, we would like to get qualitative feedback from you regarding your Organisation’s, as member of CDN Network, vision on current and future development.

Therefore, the primary aim of the Strategy Development Process is to to evaluate CDN’s work in the past two years and envision together the future of Eastern European Green Movement as well as our mutual work for 2019-2021.

We invite you to take this journey with us starting with the survey below. It will not take more than 15 minutes.

The Timeline and Steps of Strategy Development Process:

The survey will be analysed by the Executive Committee and presented at the upcoming General Assembly 2018 in Belgrade. The strategic planning session at the General Assembly will give us space to:

– discuss proposals coming from Member and Partner Organisations,
– develop the draft content for the future Strategy Statement Document and
– form a Strategy Development Team, which, together with the Member and Partner Organisations will continue working on the development of the strategy statement throughout the year of 2018.

The Final Strategy Statement for 2019-2021 will be adopted at our 10th General Assembly in 2019.

The deadline for filling out this questionnaire is 4th of February in order for the EC to have time to prepare an evaluation.

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CDN’s Green Ukraine projects 2017

Following the first, introductory training organised by CDN with the help of the Dutch Green Foundation in Kiev from 14-17th September 2017, the second stage of our Green Ukraine training series took place in Lviv from 30th November to 3rd December 2017. The topical training, which focused on political ecology as a concept and its wider picture gathered 24 people from all over Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Russia, some coming from the first event, while the others were newcomers. The preparatory team was happy to welcome Uladz Stashkevich and Iryna Burbylo among their members, both of whom attended the first training on a general introduction to Green politics as participants.

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Заявка на участие: Политическая экология вместо “экологической политики”

Сеть сотрудничества и развития Восточной Европы (Cooperation Development network Eastern Europe) приглашает на тренинг “Политическая экология вместо “экологической политики”, который состоится 30 ноября – 3 декабря во Львове. Мы планируем объединить 25 молодых активистов, которые хотят стать частью Зеленого движения в России, Украине, Молдове и Беларуси (РУМБ регион). Continue reading