Call for Host Organisation: General Assembly 2024

We are thrilled to announce an open call for a host organisation for the 2024 General Assembly (GA) scheduled for the end of April.

 

General Assembly ‚Äď which is the highest decision-making body – is the most important political event throughout the year for CDN. The GA will elect the new Executive Committee, debate and vote on resolutions, and amendments to internal documents, hear and adopt reports, plans and new Strategy Document 2024-27; as well as, decide on the status of organisations that apply to become part of our Network. We are envisioning to have a 3-day event running from Friday to Sunday (either Apr 19-21 or 26-28).

 

We are very excited to receive applications from all Member Organisations that believe they have the capacity to host this event. 

In order to have a better understanding of what it takes to organise, what will be the responsibilities as well as the rights, you can access the guiding document HERE. The preparations will be challenging but at the same time very fulfilling and a valuable experience for any organisation. In addition, hosting the General Assembly has several benefits including:

  • gaining experience in hosting an international political event

  • having a space to organise a session during the topical part of the GA

  • visibility via CDN‚Äôs social media

Throughout the period you will have the full support of the Executive Committee and Office. Mainly, working with the Secretary General and Office Assistant. 

If your organisation is interested in hosting the 2023 GA, fill in this application form and send to giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

Deadline: Sunday, 12th of November, midnight.

The application includes information regarding the motivation, previous experience with organising events, and possible propositions for the event (location, accommodation, venue, etc.); your answers will help the committee to decide on the appropriate/suitable location. The decision will be made and communicated by mid-December. 

For any further questions, don’t hesitate to write to us at giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

Open call for Participants: Study Session ‚ÄúGreen Perspectives on European Security‚ÄĚ

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing a call for participants for the Study Session ‚ÄúGreen Perspectives on European Security‚ÄĚ.

The event will take place during 23rd-28th October in the European Youth Center Budapest (EYCB), Hungary. Travel dates to and from Budapest are 22nd and 29th October.

With this activity, we aim to empower 35 young Europeans in accessing rights via human rights education, by providing participants with a holistic understanding of security not solely in terms of physical security (i.e. safety) but nutrition, housing, stability, etc.

The aim of the Study Session is to rethink and build a common understanding of security in the context of new global challenges and their intersection, guided by the values of democracy, the rule of law, self-determination, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
 We will achieve this through meeting the following objectives:

  1. Creating intercultural dialogue between youth from different European countries by providing a space to discuss the concept of security and ways to ensure it;

  2. Deepening the participants’ understanding of the current state of affairs of security in Europe;

  3. Analysing the concept of security at the intersection of diverse societal factors, exploring their interrelationships, and effects of the policy decisions on public security;

  4. Assessing the existing approaches to the concept of security and their strengths and weaknesses.

Who should apply?

We are looking for 35 young people, not older than 35, residing in one of the Council of Europe member states, Belarus or Kosovo*.

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore, we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBT+ people, people of color, with migration background or with a different ability.

Participants who have activism experience in working on the security issues and policy making, as well as those interested in starting working on the topic and having high motivation to learn about the content of the Study Session are highly encouraged to apply.

! We strongly discourage the use of ChatGPT and other AI tool while filling out the application. We want your applications to reflect your experience, opinions, and motivation, and the use of AI tools will be taken as a disadvantage when choosing participants. !

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. Nonetheless, not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, majority of us at the event will be non-native speakers and the group will be able to help out if there is some term you might not know!

Costs: The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation, food and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the EYCB. The participation fee is 50 EUR. Travel expenses will also be reimbursed, and for selection of travel means we encourage participants to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 20th of August 23:59 CEST. You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder.

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

 

Call for Preparatory Team: Cross-Regional Meeting for Women and Non-Binary Political Activists

We’re excited to announce a call for members of the preparatory team for our cross-regional meeting of youth wings of Green political parties. The event is taking place 22-24 September, Serbia; Hosted by our member organisation Green Youth of Serbia. 

About the event:

The meeting will bring together approx. 20 young women and non-binary individuals who are members of green political parties and/or their youth wings; the focus will be on members of our network; however, the event will be open for others as well.

This space will provide a platform for sharing experiences, discussing challenges, and addressing the unequal opportunities and barriers faced by women and non-binary individuals in Eastern European politics.

Simultaneously, we will equip participants with the necessary skills for political participation and running for decision-making positions. By providing comprehensive training and resources, we will empower these individuals to actively engage in political processes, both within and outside the party structure.

Additionally, we seek to foster a network of young women and non-binary political activists and politicians. This network will facilitate exchange, collaboration, and mutual learning among its members, further enhancing their collective impact and political influence.

Through these interconnected efforts, we aim to increase the representation and political influence of young women and non-binary individuals within Green political parties in Eastern Europe. By providing a supportive environment, essential skills, and a network for collaboration.

If you are a young woman or someone not of the gender binary under 35 yo, a member of one of CDN member organisations, are politically engaged and passionate about party politics, and want to contribute to shaping the event, apply to join the preparatory team! Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible for fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players and be committed to the aims of the event, and be more or less familiar with non-formal education methods.

Main responsibilities of the prep team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings before the event (July-September / 1-2 h a week);
  • Participation in two extended prep team meetings (online, 5 h);
  • Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  • Disseminating and assisting in the selection process of participants, ensuring that chosen participants are well-prepared and provided with all necessary information regarding the program.
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the event; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims;
  • Assisting with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after: 19th of September, departure on 25th of September.
  • Supporting the finalisation of the outputs;
  • Helping with the reporting of the event.

Being a prep-team member at this event would offer you:

  • Working in a lively international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects ‚Äď preparation, implementation and reporting;
  • Getting to know political activists from different Eastern European contexts and their work;
  • A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  • A lot of fun!

Practicalities: Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the preparatory team will be fully covered by CDN. For the selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economical and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

Deadline for submitting online applications is the 23rd of July, 23:59 CEST. You will be informed by email approximately 2 weeks after the deadline. 

Call for the Applications for the Eastern European Climate Campaigns

We are opening the call for the applications for the second activity within our annual work plan ‚ÄúBring your tote-bag, but smash the system!‚ÄĚ. The call for the applications for climate campaigns is an opportunity for the youth organisations or a group of young people that participated in the previous stage of the project (but not only!) to submit the applications consisting of the Climate Campaigns Application and Draft Budget.

The 2nd part of the annual work plan aims to empower young people from the Eastern Europe to bring the systemic change in their local communities and regions. This will be achieved by reaching the following objectives:

1. providing the young activists with an opportunity to practically apply gained knowledge.
2. providing the young activists with an opportunity to influence relevant stakeholders and climate crisis related processes across Eastern European countries.
3. showcasing different practices of fighting for climate justice in countries of the Eastern Europe with different levels of shrinking space for the civil society.

We will provide funding for climate campaigns in 10 different countries through a 5-month period of preparation, implementation and reporting. In this period, CC organisers will create an activity which will contribute to project aims and raise awareness on climate crisis issues or tackle the problems related to climate crisis, all on local, regional or cross-regional levels.

The Climate campaigns should:


‚ÄĘ Deal with the specific issues related to climate crisis;
‚ÄĘ Focus on concrete problems and concrete solutions tied to the countries or regions they are being implemented;
‚ÄĘ Be connected to the topic of the Work Plan;
‚ÄĘ Have clear Aim and Objectives;
‚ÄĘ Answer the needs of the local youth;
‚ÄĘ Have clearly defined climate, youth, and gender perspectives;
‚ÄĘ Involve young people of different backgrounds in the activity;
‚ÄĘ Have a clear Outcome.

The Secretariat and EC responsible people for the project will decide on the grants to be allocated for each campaign. CDN offers maximum of 2200 EUR as a grant per country involved in the campaign. Applicants can focus on one country and apply individually OR can apply jointly with activists from one or more countries (up to 4 countries involved!) and conduct the joint campaign. NOTE that the grant is PER COUNTRY meaning that if two countries apply the maximum grant is 4400 EUR and so on.

The decision on the grants will be brought according to the feasibility of the action plan as well as the realistic assessment of the budget.

Local/regional/cross-regional teams will be fully responsible for executing the project along with people they select as team members, activists, and participants, who are required to match all criteria of CDN activities. We strongly encourage representation and participation of all social groups, especially women and queer people. Local teams are encouraged to hire additional experts on skills or topics, and we are striving for NFE tools and methodologies, as well as the safe space policy to be used during the preparation and implementation of the whole project. CDN will be eager to provide expertise as well as contextual or project-related assistance if required by the local teams.

In addition responsibilities of the applicant in case the grant is awarded are:

‚ÄĘ Kicking off the preparations for the LA in mid-August 2023 and participating in the Kick off Zoom meeting;
‚ÄĘ Implementing the activity based on the sent application and recommendations of CDN Secretariat and EC;
‚ÄĘ Finalising the implementation of the activity by end of November 2023;
‚ÄĘ Finalise the financial and content reporting to CDN by mid December 2023;
‚ÄĘ Saving, organising and sending all the bills, invoices and other proofs of payments connected to the project and reported in the financial report;
‚ÄĘ Sending both digital (scanned version in Nextcloud folder) and original bills (paper to CDN‚Äôs office in Belgrade);
‚ÄĘ Using only Nextcloud folder and collaborative (doc, xls, ptt, etc.) files for the project for security reasons;
‚ÄĘ Participating in the dissemination of the project;
‚ÄĘ Ensuring the visibility of the project, CDN and EYF. Namely using hashtags #cdnee and #eyfcoe, as well as adding the logos of both organisations, as well as the Council of Europe logo on any material that will be produced at the local actions;
‚ÄĘ Making and sending to CDN pictures and videos from the action with all the logos visible.

To apply for the grant, fill in the Climate Campaigns Application form and Draft Budget for the activities (you can find a Budget example here, and all funds can differ within lines, except Coordinator’s fees). We will be accepting the applications starting from 27th of June 2023. Deadline for submitting the applications is 31th of July 2023 23:59 CET. Please, consider, that any application sent after this date will be disqualified.

Filled in files must be sent to project.coordinator@cdnee.org with Climate Campaigns Application in the subject of the email. In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact Nikola, CDN’s project coordinator at the above-mentioned email.

¬ęTo facilitate the space where you can develop your ideas, get inspired from others, get answers to all your questions, and possibly find partners for cooperation, we will be hosting an Info Session on Zoom on the 25th of July, at 13pm CET. Please express your interest in participating by filling out this form, after which you will receive an email with the link and the agenda for the Session.¬Ľ

Only full applications (Application and budget proposals) will be considered.

You will get the result and feedback approximately in 10 days after the deadline.

Please add the above-mentioned e-mail in your contact list to avoid our mails ending up in spam.

Application for the Participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp.

More on the Summer Camp

More on the Annual Work Plan

Call for the Participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp 

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for participants for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp.

The summer camp will take place from 5th of June until 11th of June in Montenegro. The arrival date for the participants is 4th of June and departure date is 12th of June.

With this activity we aim to equip 45 young Eastern Europeans with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilizing the youth around the issue, in order to empower them to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions.  

This will be done by meeting the following objectives:

  • To equip the participants with the knowledge on climate crisis, its history and outcomes

  • To explore the causes and effects of the climate crisis on the Eastern European level

  • To empower the participants to fight for better climate, in order to sustain the society, culture and the world we live in

  • To equip the participants with skills and tools for mobilizing around climate crisis

You can read more about the project on this page. 

Who should apply?

We are looking for 45 young people under 30 (15% of participants can be between ages 30 and 35), from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine.

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore, we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBT+ people, people of color, with migration background, with a different ability or with any other disadvantaged backgrounds.

Participants who have activism experience in working on climate crisis, as well as those interested in starting working on the topics, and having high motivation to learn about the content of the Summer Camp, are highly encouraged to apply.

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. Nonetheless, not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, majority of us at the event will be non-native speakers and the group will be able to help out if there is some term you might not know!

Costs: The full cost of working materials, travel costs, visa and lodging (accommodation in double rooms, food and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the CDN. For selection of travel means we encourage participants to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

The participation fee for the event is from 10 EUR to 50 EUR. It is up to participants to choose by their abilities.

Please, make sure to take a look at this PROVISIONAL AGENDA before applying.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 18th of April. The Deadline is way in advance before the event, so that the participants that need visa have enough time to obtain it. You will be informed about the results of the selection latest within two weeks after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org and project.assistant@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder.

APPLY HERE

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Gutta Club: Climate is changing. And you?

While the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) was held in Egypt and our friends from the Climate Action Network-International persistently sought effective solutions from government delegations in the field of climate change mitigation, global adaptation and climate finance, the CDN‚Äôs Member Organisation the Republican Center ‚ÄúGutta-Club‚ÄĚ also did not stand aside.
From November 5 to November 18, the organisation prepared and held a number of thematic events under the general title ‚ÄúClimate is changing. And you?‚ÄĚ, with the support of the largest European network of youth environmental organizations YEE (Youth and Environment Europe), of which Gutta-Club has been a member for more than ten years.

On November 5, a training for young people took place, which was attended by students of the Chisinau lyceums named after I.S. Nechuya-Levitsky and A.P.Chekhov, as well as students of State, Technical, Pedagogical Universities and the Economic Academy. 

Gutta-Club’s expert Irina Belous, PhD student, molecular biologist, presented an up-to-date overview of the climate situation in the world and in Moldova, spoke about the assessment of climate impact, vulnerability factors and risks, as well as about adaptation measures developed specifically for our country.¬†

Anya Kimakovskaya and Nastya Gordeeva prepared a presentation on the problems of excessive consumption, and also offered the guys to take a test to determine their ecological footprint. The results were so unexpected that the discussion on “How many Planets like Earth will I need if I don’t shorten my eco-footprint” would have lasted until the end of the training, and maybe even longer. In order to have time for everything that we planned, we proposed to move the discussions to the family circle and develop steps to reduce the eco-footprint in each particular family. Think globally – act locally!¬†

Pavel Kurkin and Alina Sandyuk shared their impressions of a recent trip to Poland, where members of the Gutta-Club team as part of an international consortium developed a climate project, and also visited a waste recycling plant, personally familiarizing themselves with all stages of waste-free production.

Then the role-playing game began. The participants were divided into teams and engaged in the development of climate startups on unusual topics obtained in the process of drawing lots. No one even imagined how unusual)) For example, the use of kinetic energy of swinging trees for street lighting of city streets. Or the secondary use of banana peel as fuel for subcompact transport. The guys laughed at first. Then they were puzzled. And only then the work began to boil) The time had to be extended several times. But when the teams were ready – the originality and thoughtfulness of the approaches, and also the fervor with which all the members of the groups promoted their offspring – could not leave anyone indifferent from the audience. Startup programs were presented by the jury, chaired by businesswoman Olya Sovko. The proposed product had to be evaluated according to the following criteria: the attractiveness of the idea, the amount of funding, the timing of the refund and the beginning of income generation, the number of jobs created, a positive effect on the environment. The jury members conferred for a long time and (just by the time the pizza was delivered), made their reasoned conclusions. As a result, all the teams received various kinds of support, both from business representatives and from donor organizations, the state budget and even the mafia) And also concluded partnership agreements with each other, since it is always more effective to work together.

After handing over certificates of participation (by the way, the certificate is the work of Anya Kimakovskaya), caps and books, a shared photo, the guys did not disperse immediately, they asked how they could become a Gutta-Club volunteer, how to go to trainings and seminars and how to continue studying abroad under the Erasmus Oficiul Erasmus+ Moldova program when the next meeting will be. Some even stayed to watch the rehearsal, which, taking advantage of the opportunity, was held for our teams leaving for Georgia, by professional dancers and volunteers Gutta Constanta Crave and Alina Cebotari.

And the next day Gutta-Club already received letters from parents and teachers, how the guys liked everything and how great it would be if such events were held more often. This is a very important and inspiring result for the entire training preparation team.
“When we met, we asked the participants to answer a simple question: “If you had a goldfish, what would you ask her for?” It turned out that it was not a new iPhone and not good bachelor’s grades (do not underestimate our youth), but something much more valuable – health and longevity to your loved ones, peace and prosperity to our common home – Planet Earth. It is wonderful! But a lot depends on us. From what exactly (here and now) we will do everything to change the world around us for the better. We came to the conclusion that we don’t need a goldfish, because we are our own goldfish. And, without putting it off, we decided to take part in gardening campaigns held in November throughout the Republic. Said and done. On November 12, our guys were already enthusiastically planting trees in the Chisinau park “Alunel”, as well as on the banks of the Dniester River in the village of Malovatoe, Dubossary district. Gutta cavat lapidem! A drop and a stone sharpens!”

And on November 18, the Gutta-Club delegation, consisting of Yaroslav Rudenko, Olya Sovko Arina Manzul, left for Bakuriani (Georgia) to participate in the international seminar “Let’s connect” under the EU Erasmus program, where, together with 24 youth activists from Armenia, Georgia, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria will present the successful experience of the Gutta-Club’s long-term activities, including climate projects, learn interactive forms of work with young people, exchange ideas, and establish partnerships.¬†

A huge thank you to all the members of PrepTeam Centrul Republican

Gutta-Club says thanks to the prep-team members, the administrations and the teachers of the Chisinau lyceums Theoretical Lyceum Named after I.S. Nechuy-Levitsky, Lyceum named after. Anton Chekhov for the universal support of the initiative of our organization and for the active, caring youth, to our friends and partners from YEE – Youth and Environment Europe, Umbrella, Centrul NaŇ£ional de Mediu for productive and sincere cooperation.

Call for Prep Team: Eastern European Climate Summer Camp

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) is announcing an open call for members of the preparatory team (prep-team) for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp. The summer camp will take place from 5 Р11th of June 2023 in the Montenegro. More information on the project you can find here. 

With this activity we aim to equip 45 young Eastern Europeans with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilising the youth around the issue, in order to empower them to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions.  

This will be done by meeting the following objectives:

  1. To equip the participants with the knowledge on climate crisis, its history and outcomes;
  2. To explore the causes and effects of the climate crisis on the Eastern European level;
  3. To empower the participants to fight for better climate, in order to sustain the society, culture and the world we live in;
  4. To equip the participants with skills and tools for mobilizing around climate crisis. 

 

If you are young person from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Bulgaria,  Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,  Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine and if you are interested in the topic of the event, you are more than welcome to apply to volunteer as a member of this preparatory team. 

Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible about fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good  team players, committed to the aims of the project and CDN’s values and be familiar with non-formal education methods. We encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for the Prep-team.

 

Main responsibilities of the prep-team:

  1. Active participation in the regular online meetings prior to the event (January-June / 2-3 h a week);
  2. Participation in two-day live prep team meeting on 18-19th of February (2 full working days), arrival day 17th, departure on 20th;
  3. Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  4. Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants  for the event and providing them with all the necessary information  regarding the program;
  5. Preparation and facilitation of the  program of the event; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims (4-6 h  a week);
  6. Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  7. Taking care of practicalities and of the general well-being of the participants;
  8. Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after: Arrival 2nd of June, departure 13th of June;
  9. Supporting the finalisation of the outputs;
  10. Helping with the reporting of the event.

 

Being a prep-team member at this event would offer you:

  1. Working in a lively international environment;
  2. Experience in managing youth projects ‚Äď preparation, implementation and reporting;
  3. Getting familiar with Green values and the work of CDN;
  4. Getting to know activists from different European contexts and their work;
  5. A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  6. A lot of work and a lot of fun!

Here you can find provisional agenda.
 

 

Practicalities: 

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the preparatory team will be fully covered. For selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 15th of January, 23:59 CET. You will be informed by email approximately 2 weeks after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in the spam folder.

 

APPLY HERE

 

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Work Plan ‚ÄúBring your tote-bag, but smash the system!‚ÄĚ


Project background

Tackling climate¬†crisis¬†comes as a priority for Eastern European¬†Green¬†youth,¬†as shown by the outputs of the Strategic Planning Meeting 2020 of CDN¬†and not without a cause.¬†Contrary to popular perception, Eastern Europe faces significant threats from climate change, with a number of the most serious risks already in evidence.¬†The climate is changing, and the Eastern European region is vulnerable to the consequences, as many other places on Earth. This issue is local and global at the same time. Many of the region’s countries are facing warmer temperatures,¬†a changing¬†humidity, and more¬†extreme weather conditions, droughts, floods, heat waves, wind storms, and forest fires. As it is the case worldwide, climate¬†crisis¬†is disproportionately affecting vulnerable groups, forcing them into climate migrations, deteriorating the work conditions¬†and constantly changing the job¬†and economic markets, creating a hostile environment for these groups.¬†Vulnerability over the next 10 to 20 years is likely to be dominated by these socio-economic factors and legacy issues. Nevertheless, even countries and sectors that stand to benefit from climate change are poorly positioned to do so, while the next decade offers a window of opportunity for these actors in EE countries to make their development more resilient to climate¬†change while reaping numerous co-benefits.¬†We have¬†seen efforts and changes being implemented in Eastern European countries – participations in the international climate movement Fridays for Future¬†and the rise of local climate activism. However,¬†the steps taken currently are not nearly enough for sustaining the life on this planet as we know it and¬†in order to lead a sustainable change, a push for systemic change and mobilisation of Eastern European¬†Climate Resistance movements is undeniably a regional priority.¬†Only by practicing¬†grassroot, youth, informed mobilisation on climate issues we will be able to build resilient,¬†just¬†and Green¬†Eastern Europe, where the human¬†rights and¬†the environment¬†are respected.¬†

To achieve this, our project aims to equip the young people from the Eastern Europe with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilising the youth around the issue, in order to empower them to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions. 

This will be done by reaching the following objectives:

    1. Equip young people from the Eastern Europe with better understanding of climate crisis;
    2. Empower young people from the Eastern Europe to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions.

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Project summary:

The project will incorporate two phases: an Eastern European Climate Summer Camp which will be followed by Local, Regional and Cross-Country Actions across Eastern European countries. Both activities aim to bring a greater understanding and mobilisation on topics of climate rights and the climate crisis, as well as expand on the long term consequences of the climate crisis. These activities will help raise awareness among young people from the Eastern Europe on the importance of addressing the issues and actively campaigning for change.

 

1st¬†phase ‚Äst¬†Eastern European Climate Summer Camp

The first event of the Work plan is a nine days long Summer Camp with the aim to equip the young people from the Eastern Europe with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilising the youth around the issue. This will be achieved by reaching the following objectives:

    1. Equip the participants with the knowledge on climate crisis, its history and outcomes;
    2. Explore the causes and effects of the climate crisis on the Eastern European level;
    3. Empower the participants to fight for better climate, in order to sustain the society, culture and the world we live in;
    4. Equipping the participants with skills and tools for mobilising around climate crisis.

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Date: 5-11 June 2023
Location: Montenegro

Call for Prep-team

Call for Participants (coming soon) 

Provisional agenda

 

2nd¬†phase¬†‚Äst¬†Eastern European Climate Campaigns

The second phase of the work plan is the direct outcome of the first phase¬†–¬†¬†participants will¬†apply in organising local, cross regional¬†or regional (maximum 4 countries)¬†activities in order to kickstart context-specific discussions and campaigns on climate activism. The aim of this activity will be¬†to¬†empower¬†young¬†people from the Eastern Europe to bring the systemic change in their local communities and regions.¬†This will be achieved by reaching the following objectives:

    1. To provide the participants with an opportunity to practically apply gained knowledge;
    2. To provide the participants with an opportunity to influence relevant stakeholders and climate crisis related processes across Eastern European countries;
    3. To showcase different practices of fighting for climate in countries of the Eastern Europe with different levels of shrinking space for the civil society.

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Funding will be provided for Climate Campaign related activities for participants from 10 countries throughout a 4 month period of preparation, implementation and reporting. In this period, campaign  organisers will create an activity which will contribute to project aims and build the capacity of organisations in implementing local and regional events.

Date: September-November 2023

Duration: Optional 

Location: Participating countries

Call for Climate Campaigns 

 

Methodology

The program of the International Activityies will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication and transfer and sharing of knowledge. Sessions of the International Activityies will be balanced between theoretical inputs, training, workshops, discussions, reflection, planning, brainstorming and other interactive methods of learning.

 

 

 

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or   population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with   the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without   prejudice to the status of Kosovo

Practicalities for Delegates and Guests

You will find detailed information regarding practicalities, financial support and reimbursement rules.

 

General Information

We would kindly ask all participants to register by January 23.

NOTE: A registration form is not enough to register as a delegate! Delegates of Member, Partner and Observer organisations need to be confirmed by their organisation. Therefore, an official email from your organisation’s email account should be sent to office@cdnee.org confirming the name(s) of your delegate(s).

In order for CDN to be able to provide financial support for the delegates‚Äô travel costs, the above-proposed deadlines shall apply. The deadline is determined by the IRPs ‚ÄúEach member and partner organisation shall inform the Secretariat of the names of their representatives at least 45 days before the General Assembly‚ÄĚ

Guests and WG members can register for the GA by filling in the same form and notifying office@cdnee.org if they would like CDN to book accommodation in the same venue.

The delegates are expected to arrive at the venue in location the on 8th in the evening (dinner will be provided) and depart on the 13th in the morning (breakfast will be provided).

Note: We strongly encourage you to follow the good practice of having one experienced delegate (preferably, someone who has been to previous GAs) and one less experienced delegate (to ensure the transfer of knowledge).

In addition, according to IRPs¬† 8.1 Participants of CDN events can’t be older than 30 at the moment of applying. Delegates, whom we will reimburse, are considered participants. Guests, coming at their own expense, can be any age.

For any additional information regarding the financial arrangements, please get in touch with the Secretariat.

To whom will we be covering the costs?

If you’re coming as the 1st Delegate:

CDN will cover all of your costs (travel, accommodation, and meals) during the GA and Strategic Planning Meeting.

If you’re coming as a 2nd Delegate:

CDN will cover all of your costs (travel, accommodation, and meals) during the GA and Strategic Planning Meeting.

According to CDN IRP’s second delegates of Member Organizations have to pay a participation fee of 10 EUR, unless delegates are younger than 25.

If you’re coming as a 1st Delegate:

We will cover all of your costs (travel, accommodation, and meals) during the General Assembly.

If you’re coming as a 2nd Delegate:

CDN will not be able to cover any costs.

According to CDN IRP’s second delegates of Partner Organizations have to pay a participation fee of 10 EUR, unless delegates are younger than 25.

CDN will not be able to cover any costs (travel, accommodation, meals), however, there is no participation fee for Observer Organisation delegate.
 

We will cover all of your costs (travel, accommodation, and meals) during the General Assembly.

Non-elected EC Candidates will still have accommodation and meals covered for the duration as if they were elected.

Should get in touch with the office and financial assistance will be decided on an individual basis.

We will cover all of your costs (travel, accommodation, and meals) during the General Assembly.

CDN will cover all of your accommodation and meal costs during the event.

CDN will not be able to cover any costs of the guests of the General Assembly and Strategic Planning Meeting. 

The participation fee for the guests is 10 EUR and is to be paid via bank transfer prior to or in cash during the GA.

Other information about travel and financial conditions
 

We encourage traveling by land whenever possible and it’s the only option if the journey takes less than 15 hours (IRPs ¬ß9.1), for reducing CO2 emissions. Since it might a long way to Warsaw for some of you, flying can be the only option. However, we ask you to organise your travel in the most economic way. Only 2nd/economy class reservations will be reimbursed. This also applies to train reservations.

 

As a principle, we only cover travel expenses from your place of residence to Warsaw and back. In case you need to travel from or to somewhere else, please contact office.assistant@cdnee.org (cc office@cdnee.org) with a justification of the circumstances, after which we will let you know what to do.

 

Once you are nominated and registered as a delegate, send your travel proposal to office.assistant@cdnee.org and keep office@cdnee.org in CC. Proceed with booking as soon as it’s approved.

 

Don’t wait for the last chance to register and purchase tickets as it will get expensive. The deadline to booking tickets is 35 days prior to the GA – 2nd of February.

 

Travel to Warsaw

 

– By Land:

Warsaw Central Central is located at the very heart of Warsaw. It is reachable by train from various places in Europe: including direct connections from Vienna and Budapest that makes traveling by land from the Balkans possible. There are also connections from Ukraine and Lithuania.

You can check for the train connections here: PolRail, √ĖBB, Rome2Rio, RailCC

 

You can also reach Warsaw by Bus. Check for routes here: FlixBus, getbybus, and Rome2rio.

 

– By Air:

Warsaw has two airports, so make sure you check both airports for the cheapest option.

Chopin Airport (WAW) is the main airport in Warsaw with regular flights by airline companies such as LOT Polish Airlines, Wizz Air and Smartwings. It is located 10 kilometers south of the city center. You can reach city by Bus or Train.

Modlin Airport (WMI) mostly used by low-cost airline companies such as Ryanair and Enter Air. It is located 40 kilometers northwest of the city. You can reach centre both by Bus or Train.

We recommend looking for affordable flight options here and here.

 

Reimbursement rules

There is no participation fee for the delegates and we will be reimbursing 100% of the travel costs.

In order for us to proceed with your reimbursement,¬†we need to receive all original proofs (tickets, bank statements, bills, bank slips, invoices, boarding passes, reservations and other proofs of payments) for the expenses that you are claiming.¬†A cost that doesn’t have its original proof, unfortunately, is a cost that never happened and will not get reimbursed!

 Examples:

  • Train/bus/ferry tickets and reservations, clearly stating the price of the ticket/reservation. This includes local transport, for example a ticket for the bus from an airport to the city centre, including the bill and bank slip (if paid by card).
  • Invoices of flight bookings (if bought online, it is usually an e-mail which states the total price of the flight) and all boarding passes (all need to be sent to office.assistant@cdnee.org). Online boarding passes are accepted. In case you do the online check in through a mobile application, please make sure to make a print-screen of the boarding pass, as they have a tendency to disappear. The flights should also have the proof of payment attached. In case you bought it through a bank transfer or credit card, it would be a statement from your bank system and if you paid in cash, you should always demand a paper bill.

All the reimbursement will happen via bank transfer after the event.

 

More details regarding reimbursement and practicalities (venue, accommodation, etc.), will be shared later with the registered delegates through e-mail.

 

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